HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL-NCC/AREA
Richmond Muncie Central (Richmond beat Muncie..no score reported. RHS now 4-0 in NCC)
Kokomo 11 Lafayette Jeff 7
Logansport 8 McCutcheon 1
Oldenburg Academy 11 Lincoln 4….GOLDEN FALCONS: 3 HITS, 4SB….Gavin Sherwood RBI….Josh Miles 2R
Knightstown 17 Blue River 5….PANTHERS: Mason Muncy HR 3-4 3R 3RBI….Robert Porter 2-4 2RBI…Ben Newby 1-3 2RBI
New Castle 15 Rushville 8
Mt. Vernon 10 Shelbyville 0
Pendleton Heights 0 Lapel 0 (game called)
New Palestine 10 Yorktown 6
Greenfield Central 19 Delta 0
HIGH SCHOOL SOFTBALL-NCC/AREA
Richmond 3 Marion 1
Cowan 10 Muncie Central 2
Harrison 10 Clinton Prairie 1
Zionsville 6 Kokomo 5
Yorktown 26 Centerville 0…BULLDOGS 1H 13E
Hagerstown 11 Randolph Southern 1….Meghan Dale 3-3 2RBI….Kyley Farmer 2-3 RBI….Hannah Pyle 2-4 2R 3RBI…Marissa Slagle 2-4 RBI…Hallie Rogers 1-3 2RBI…PITCHING: Pyle 8K’s
Eastern Hancock 18 Warren Central 0
New Palestine 10 Franklin Central 8
Shenandoah 11 Knightstown 3
Wapahani 9 Tri 7
Mount Vernon 23 Connersville 13
HIGH SCHOOL GIRLS TENNIS
Winchester 5 Randolph Southern 0
Lincoln 5 Union City 0
RECENT AREA PLAYER COLLEGE SIGNINGS SIGNINGS
Kolden Vanlandingham (Northeastern) Earlham College Basketball
Sam Casper (Seton Catholic) Franklin College Basketball
Jack Guiley (Richmond) Manchester College Football
MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL
Toronto 5 NY Yankees 4
Kansas City 6 LA Angels 1
Boston 3 Minnesota 2
Seattle and Baltimore postponed
Boston 7 Minnesota 1
Detroit 6 Houston 4
Texas 5 Tampa Bay 1
Chicago White Sox 8 Cleveland 0
Washington 6 St. Louis 0
Milwaukee 7 Chicago Cubs 0
San Francisco 3 Cincinnati 0
Pittsburgh 5 San Diego 1
NY Mets 5 Philadelphia 1
Miami 6 Atlanta 5 (10)
LA Dodgers 4 Colorado 2
WEDNESDAY’S BOX SCORES: http://hosted.stats.com/mlb/scoreboard.asp
Milwaukee 130 Minnesota 105
Philadelphia 123 Brooklyn 117
Cleveland 103 Charlotte 90
Toronto 117 San Antonio 112
New York 116 New Orleans 106
Orlando 115 Chicago 106
LA Clippers 100 Detroit 98
Indiana 132 Houston 124
Golden State 147 Oklahoma City 109
Dallas 114 Memphis 113….DESMOND BANE: 11PTS, 5ASST, 1STL, 1REB,
Denver 123 Miami 106
Washington 123 Sacramento 111
WEDNESDAY’S BOX SCORES: http://hosted.stats.com/nba/scoreboard.asp
Minnesota 5 Arizona 2
NY Islanders at Boston postponed
Calgary 4 Montréal 1
Winnipeg 3 Ottawa 2
Colorado 4 St. Louis 3
Vancouver at Edmonton postponed
Vegas 6 Los Angeles 2
Anaheim 4 San Jose 1
WEDNESDAY’S BOX SCORES: http://hosted.stats.com/nhl/scoreboard.asp
COLLEGE BASEBALL SCOREBOARD
Manchester 9 Earlham 7
Malone 11 Akron 5
COLLEGE SOFTBALL SCOREBOARD
Butler 1 Dayton 0
Michigan 6 Michigan State 1
Northern Illinois 9 Valparaiso 3
NCAA VOLLEYBALL TOURNAMENT SCORES-FIRST ROUND
Dayton 3 Towson 0
Missouri 3 South Dakota 0
Notre Dame 3 Army 1
Pepperdine 3 Maryland Baltimore County 0
Morehead State 3 Creighton 2
San Diego 3 Texas A&M-CC 0
Texas State 3 Utah Valley 1
High Point 3 Central Florida 2
Weber State 3 Bowling Green 1
Wright State 3 Samford 0
UNLV 3 Illinois State 1
Pittsburgh 3 Long Island 0
UCLA 3 Rider 0
Western Kentucky 3 Jackson State 0
Georgia Tech 3 Lipscomb 1
MEN’S COLLEGE TENNIS
Asbury 4 IU East 3
IHSAA: Track State Finals move to Ben Davis HS, Softball to Center Grove HS
IHSAA Commissioner Paul Neidig today announced the state finals host sites for two spring state tournaments. Following conversations with the IHSAA Executive Committee, this year’s Boys, Girls and Unified Track & Field State Finals will be contested at Ben Davis High School in Indianapolis. The boys meet will be contested on Friday, June 4 while the unified meet and girls meet are set for Saturday, June 5. The Softball State Finals will be played at Center Grove High School in Greenwood on Friday, June 11 and Saturday, June 12. The track meets had been planned for Indiana University’s Robert C. Haugh Track and Field Complex in Bloomington while the softball games had been scheduled for Purdue University’s Bittinger Stadium in West Lafayette. Both universities had confirmed last month they would be unable to host the IHSAA events with spectators on the scheduled dates.
MLB: Cueto sharp until lat tightness in 6th, Giants blank Reds
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Johnny Cueto’s performance Wednesday ideally would have ended with a tip of his cap. Instead, it left the Giants shrugging their shoulders in uncertainty and wringing their hands with anxiety.
Cueto pitched neatly into the sixth inning before exiting with a tight lat muscle, and the Giants finished off the Cincinnati Reds 3-0.
Cueto (2-0) removed himself from the game after fanning Nick Castellanos for the second out in the sixth. The right-hander motioned to the Giants dugout and walked to the clubhouse, accompanied by a member of the training staff.
“I think it was the previous pitch that he felt a little something,” said Giants manager Gabe Kapler, who refused to speculate about Cueto’s status until team doctors examine him. “We all had visions in the dugout about that being another deep-into-the-game Johnny Cueto start.”
Showing no signs of physical duress before his injury occurred, the 35-year-old Cueto surrendered three hits and walked none while striking out four.
Giants catcher Curt Casali, however, sensed that Cueto might not have felt quite right physically.
“He was fighting a little something in the early part of the game,” Casali said. “You never want to see that, especially when he’s cruising like that.”
Cueto had never beaten his former team in three attempts. He made his big league debut with the Reds in 2008 and stayed with them until being traded to Kansas City during the 2015 season. He joined the Giants in 2016.
The win hiked Cueto’s career victory total to 130, breaking a tie with Pedro Astacio for sixth place on the all-time list among Dominican-born pitchers. Cueto trails Bartolo Colon (247), Juan Marichal (243), Pedro Martinez (219), Ervin Santana (149) and Ramon Martinez (135).
San Francisco scored twice in the fifth off Tyler Mahle (1-1).
Austin Slater, who stroked a key RBI triple in Tuesday’s 7-6 victory over Cincinnati, doubled to right-center field on an 0-2 pitch to score Brandon Crawford. Slater advanced to third base on a passed ball and scored on Casali’s grounder.
The Giants added an eighth-inning run on Mauricio Dubon’s single, a popup into short right field that Reds second baseman Jonathan India could not hold.
Reds manager David Bell praised Mahle’s effort. The right-hander maintained his mid-90s fastball through his entire outing.
“He’s strong,” Bell said. “He’s going to pitch a complete game or two this year.”
MLB: Burnes delivers with arm, bat as Brewers trounce Cubs 7-0
MILWAUKEE (AP) Corbin Burnes continued his sizzling start to the season and finally got a little run support, thanks in part to his own surprising skill at the plate.
Burnes struck out 10 in six dominant innings and also delivered a bases-loaded single for his first two career RBIs as the Milwaukee Brewers defeated the Chicago Cubs 7-0 on Wednesday.
The 26-year-old right-hander has knocked home twice as many runs (two) as he has allowed (one) through his first three outings of the year.
“That’s the best guy we’ve faced all year there today,” Cubs manager David Ross said.
Burnes (1-1) has 30 strikeouts while allowing only four hits and no walks in 18 1/3 innings. He was asked after the game if this is the most fun he’s ever had pitching.
“Yeah, I’d say so,” replied Burnes, who finished sixth in the NL Cy Young Award voting last year. “Last year was pretty awesome, too. I think it makes it a little bit sweeter this year having some fans in the stands and having the fans in the ballpark to enjoy it with us.”
This marked the franchise-record eighth straight game in which a Brewers starter worked at least five innings while allowing no more than one run.
Burnes’ performance helped the Brewers take two of three in the series and gain a measure of revenge one day after an emotionally charged 3-2 loss to the Cubs.
Milwaukee had given up a go-ahead, two-run homer to Willson Contreras on Tuesday after hitting him with a pitch earlier in the game. Cubs reliever Ryan Tepera threw a pitch behind Brewers starter Brandon Woodruff, who had thrown the pitch that hit Contreras.
Wednesday’s game saw no trouble in response. Milwaukee’s Keston Hiura was hit by a pitch in the fourth inning, without incident.
MLB: Ross sharp, Zimmerman homers as Nationals blank Cardinals
ST. LOUIS (AP) Joe Ross pitched six sharp innings and the Washington Nationals threw their first regular-season shutout at Busch Stadium, blanking the St. Louis Cardinals 6-0 Wednesday.
Ross (1-0) improved to 3-0 in four career starts against the Cardinals. He allowed four hits, struck out five and walked one. He also singled and scored a run.
“Kid didn’t pitch all last year and he looked awesome today,” Nationals manager Dave Martinez said.
Ross opted out of the 2020 season due to health concerns and underwent Tommy John surgery in 2017.
“It feels good. Coming back and having a good start to the season is good,” Ross said. “I would say today the slider and sinker were especially good. Once I found a groove, I stuck with it.”
Martinez liked what he saw.
“When he throws strikes he’s going to be good and he was pounding the strike zone today,” he said. “He’s worked diligently all spring to make sure his mechanics are good.”
Four relievers combined to hold St. Louis hitless the rest of the way.
The Nationals, who started play in Washington in 2005, had pitched a shutout at St. Louis in the 2019 NL Championship Series opener, but never in the regular season.
Ryan Zimmerman hit his first homer of the season, a two-run drive in the third off Adam Wainwright (0-2). Zimmerman’s 271st career home run hit the top of the wall and bounced into the left-center fielder bleacher seats.
“I think the biggest thing with Adam is you can’t do too much,” Zimmerman said. “He’s not going to throw it over the plate. You have to make him throw strikes. You have to be patient. I just reacted to that fastball. I love facing a guy like Waino. I have nothing but respect for him. He’s done this for a long time. “
Juan Soto reached on an infield single before Zimmerman connected.
The Nationals added two runs in the fifth for a 4-0 lead. Soto hit a sinking line drive to center field that Lane Thomas failed to catch for an error, allowing one run to score. Josh Harrison’s second single of the game drove in Soto.
Washington touched reliever Jordan Hicks for a run in the sixth. Ross led off with a single and Hicks walked two, loading the bases. Ross scored on Soto’s grounder.
“Morale in the dugout was up. It gave me more confidence going out there,” Ross said. “I think everybody kind of built off each other.”
The Nationals final run came in the eighth on a double by Trea Turner with two outs off Giovanny Gallegos.
The shutout came less than 24 hours after the Cardinals scored 14 runs in a 14-3 win Tuesday.
MLB: Almost perfect: Rodón settles for no-hitter after HBP in 9th
CHICAGO (AP) Carlos Rodon jumped around near the mound, surrounded by exuberant teammates. All the injuries, all the uncertainty, it seemed like a lifetime ago.
From no roster spot to no-hitter – Rodon had arrived at his moment.
The left-hander threw the second no-hitter of the young baseball season Wednesday night, losing his bid for a perfect game on a hit batter with one out in the ninth inning, and the Chicago White Sox cruised to an 8-0 victory over the Cleveland Indians.
“It just feels good to finally sit here and tell you I dominated today, and it felt good,” Rodon said. “I’ve never really done that. I’ve never done that on this level at least, and it feels good to say I did it.”
The 28-year-old pitcher got some help from AL MVP Jose Abreu, who picked up Josh Naylor’s slow bouncer leading off the ninth and got his toe on first base in the nick of time. The pandemic-limited crowd of 7,148, bundled up on a cool, crisp night, had to endure a quick replay review when the Indians challenged, but the call was upheld.
Rodon then plunked Roberto Perez on the back foot with an 0-2 slider – the only runner he allowed. An incredulous Rodon looked on almost in bewilderment as Perez made his way to first, asking the veteran catcher if the ball actually hit him.
It had. A perfect game saved by inches – then lost by a foot.
Rodon regained his composure in time to strike out Yu Chang looking and retire Jordan Luplow on a sharp grounder to third baseman Yoan Moncada, starting a joyous celebration. Rodon held out his arms as Moncada jumped toward him and backup catcher Zack Collins joined the impromptu party.
“That was the most incredible thing that I’ve ever been a part of behind the plate,” the 26-year-old Collins said.
Sidelined by a string of injuries throughout his career, Rodon was out of a job for a while last winter. Back in December, the White Sox declined to offer him a 2021 contract. The No. 3 pick in the 2014 amateur draft re-signed with the team as a free agent, agreeing to a one-year deal for $3 million on Feb. 1.
Looks like a pretty good call at the moment. Rodon (2-0) won a spot in the rotation in spring training and pitched five scoreless innings in his first start of the season. He was supposed to pitch Monday against Cleveland, but was scratched because of an upset stomach.
MLB: Bichette hits 2nd homer in 9th, Blue Jays beat Yankees 5-4
DUNEDIN, Fla. (AP) Bo Bichette homered twice, including a game-ending drive leading off the ninth inning that lifted the Toronto Blue Jays over the New York Yankees 5-4 on Wednesday.
Bichette drove a pitch from Chad Green (0-2) the opposite way to right-center field as Toronto took two of three.
Alejandro Kirk also homered for the Blue Jays. Rafael Dolis (1-0) worked the ninth to get the win.
Aaron Judge hit two home runs for the Yankees.
Toronto went 3-3 with one rainout in its first regular-season homestand at TD Ballpark, its spring training home.
The Blue Jays are playing their first three homestands through May in Florida because of COVID-19 restrictions in Canada. The team used its Triple-A stadium in Buffalo, New York, as a home base last year and could return there later this season.
Judge drove in the Yankees’ first run during the first inning this season on a solo homer off T.J. Zeuch. They were the last big league team to score in the first.
Judge’s second homer and a two-run single by Gio Urshela gave New York a 4-3 advantage in the fourth.
Kirk hit a two-run shot in the second and Bichette connected on a third-inning solo drive off Corey Kluber that put the Blue Jays up 3-1.
Bichette tied his career high with an 11-game hitting streak. He had three hits and also stole a base.
Toronto had Cavan Biggio tagged out to end the fifth when he overran third base on a triple. The Blue Jays loaded the bases with no outs the next inning, but scored just once on a wild pitch.
Kluber, making his third start after being limited to one inning from May 2019 until this season by right forearm and shoulder injuries, allowed three runs and six hits in four innings.
Zeuch gave up four runs and four hits in four innings. He filled in for Ross Stripling, who was scratched due to right forearm tightness.
MLB: Pérez delivers with bat to finish big series, KC tops Angels
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Salvador Perez homered and doubled to cap off an impressive series, leading Brad Keller and the Kansas City Royals over the Los Angeles Angels 6-1 on Wednesday.
A day after picking off David Fletcher at third base to end a 3-2 win, Perez drove in two runs. The All-Star catcher went 8 for 12 with four RBIs this week against Los Angeles.
“This game is about making adjustments and that’s why we are in the big leagues,” Perez said. “I just try to get better and help my team win.”
Carlos Santana also homered as the Royals took two of three from the Angels. It was the Royals’ second series win of the year – it took them 14 tries to do that during the pandemic-shortened season.
Keller (1-1) went 5 2/3 innings and gave up one run and four hits, striking out five and walking one. That was a major step forward after he allowing 10 earned runs in 4 2/3 innings in his first two starts.
“That was nice to have this outing,” he said. “I just needed to get back to who I was and felt good today. I think being able to fix my mechanical stuff but also just competing and having the right mentality.”
The Royals bullpen of Jake Brentz, Josh Staumont, and Tyler Zuber pitched 3 1/3 scoreless innings, giving up two hits.
Griffin Canning (0-1) went five innings and permitted two runs and six hits.
“We had opportunities, but overall our pitching was pretty good,” Angels manager Joe Maddon said. “We just needed to score more runs.”
Perez hit his third homer of the season, a solo drive in the third. Perez doubled home Whit Merrifield in the seventh.
“He was huge for us today,” Royals manager Mike Matheny said. “This guy just continues to amaze us with how good he is.”
Jared Walsh doubled home Mike Trout in the fifth, pulling the Angels within 2-1.
MLB: MLB will have minor league experiment with moving back mound
NEW YORK (AP) — Major League Baseball wants to see if moving back the pitcher’s mound will increase offense.
MLB will experiment with a 12-inch greater distance between the mound and home plate during a portion of the Atlantic League season in an effort to decrease strikeouts and increase offense.
The pitching rubber will be moved back to 61 feet, 6 inches starting Aug. 3 during the second half of the independent minor league’s season.
“It’s a direct response to the escalating strikeout rate, where you’re giving the hitter approximately one one-hundreth of a second of additional time to decide whether to swing at a pitch, which has the effect just in terms of reaction time of reducing the effective velocity of a pitch by roughly 1.5 mph,” said Morgan Sword, MLB’s executive vice president of baseball operations. “The purpose of the test and hope is giving hitters even that tiny additional piece of time will allow them to make more contact and reduce the strikeout rate.”
In 2019, the last full season, strikeouts set a record for the 12th consecutive year at 42,823, up 33% from 32,189 in 2007. Strikeouts exceeded hits the last three seasons after never occurring before in major league history.
MLB calculated the average fastball velocity last year at 93.3 mph and estimated the increased distance would decrease the equivalent to 91.6 mph.
The mound has been at its current distance since 1893, when the National League moved the rubber back 5 feet. Strikeouts declined from 8.5% in 1892 to 5.2% in 1893 and the batting average increased from .245 in 1892 to .280.
Chicago Cubs president of baseball operations Jed Hoyer compared these changes to the lowering of the pitcher’s mound from 15 inches to 10 for the 1969 season.
“We’ve got to do something to get more offense in the game, whether you want to talk about the mound being moved back a foot, whether you want to talk about different ways of getting rid of the shift, whether you want to talk about substances on the ball,” Hoyer said. “We need to make adjustments. The DH originally came of these adjustments. The mound being lowered came from these adjustments. And I personally am of the mind of — obviously, I love baseball, but I don’t believe the rules are written on stone tablets.”
Many baseball purists oppose changing distances on the field. Commissioner Rob Manfred has been open to considering innovations to a tradition-bound sport.
“That seems pretty drastic, but again I think those are things that, you know, sometimes the craziest of ideas end up having some traction,” New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone said. “I think that it’s important that you try these things out when you’re trying to consider different things in a league where you can kind of really take some information and see how it works out.”
Two years ago, MLB announced that Atlantic League mounds would be moved back 24 inches to 62 feet, 6 inches, for the second half of that season but then abandoned the experiment before it began.
In addition, the MLB partner league will have an experimental “double-hook DH” rule in which a team would lose its designated hitter when its starting pitcher leaves the game. That will be in effect the entire season, which starts May 27, and the goal is to encourage managers to leave their starting pitchers in games longer.
MLB: Yasiel Puig denies accusations in sexual assault lawsuit
In a statement released on his Twitter feed Tuesday, free-agent outfielder Yasiel Puig has denied claims in a lawsuit that he sexually assaulted a woman in 2018 and said that the allegations have prevented him from continuing his Major League career.
“I am speaking out now to defend my name against false and malicious allegations by a woman who claims I assaulted her in 2018,” Puig wrote. “These allegations are totally false, the evidence proves they are false, and I look forward to all the facts and the truth coming out.”
The woman, identified in federal court documents as only Jane Roe, sued Puig last October, saying the former Dodgers outfielder followed her into a Staples Center bathroom after a Lakers game on Oct. 31, 2018, “pinned her with one arm” to prevent her from leaving, groped her and masturbated in front of her.
The woman did not file a police report. Puig has not been charged with any crime, and he has previously denied the allegations in a court filing.
In his statement Tuesday, released by his attorneys, Puig said: “The fact is that I had consensual sex with a woman I met at a Lakers game after she propositioned me. Afterward we talked about going out together, but she said she did not want her fiancé to find out.”
Attorney Taylor Rayfield, who is representing the woman, said in a statement to ESPN on Wednesday, “The simple fact of the matter is that our client never engaged in consensual sexual activity with Mr. Puig — not at the Staples Center Chairman’s Club, and not anywhere else.”
In her own statement, released through Rayfield, the woman said, “I am an out and proud lesbian and have been during my entire adult life. My female fiancée and I were enjoying a Lakers game at the Staples Center when this attack occurred.” She added that the notion that she would leave her fianceé for a sexual encounter in the bathroom with someone she’d just met “is demeaning and ridiculous.”
NBA: Indiana sends Houston to 4th straight loss, 132-124
HOUSTON (AP) Caris LeVert scored 27 points, Domantas Sabonis added 22 and Malcolm Brogdon fell just short of a triple-double as the Indiana Pacers beat the Houston Rockets 132-124 on Wednesday night.
LeVert was involved in the blockbuster January trade that sent James Harden from Houston to Brooklyn and Victor Oladipo from Indiana to Houston. While Oladipo struggled during his brief tenure in Houston, LeVert has starred with the Pacers, scoring at least 20 points in five of his last seven games.
Sabonis was dominant in the paint, making 10 of 18 shots from the field while also grabbing 11 rebounds and adding seven assists.
Brogdon fell one assist shy of his second career triple-double and his first since his rookie season in 2016-2017. He had 23 points, nine assists and 14 rebounds, one shy of his career high.
“It’s just chemistry,” Brogdon said of the team’s latest improvements. “It’s guys learning how to play with each other and learning our strengths and weaknesses. When you add a huge playmaker and scorer and a great player like Caris LeVert, it’s going to take some time to get used to his style of play and for him to get used to how we play.”
Indiana has won five of its last seven games and is 5-3 in April following a 6-8 record in March.
“I just thought that we were playing very well and together,” Pacers coach Nate Bjorkgren said. “I thought we had that initial force right out of the gate. And there were some guys that really stepped up off the bench, too.”
Houston has lost four straight and nine of 10.
The Rockets were led by John Wall’s 31 points and nine assists. Christian Wood had 25 points and 13 rebounds, and Kelly Olynyk added 25 points, including 14 in the third quarter.
Rockets coach Stephen Silas blamed the team’s continued struggles on a lack of effort, particularly at the start of the game.
“It’s the same story, right? We get off to a bad start and then we have to try harder in the second half,” Silas said. “That’s not how we should play, that’s not how we should represent the Rockets, and that’s not how we’re going to be as a group. We’re going to fix it.”
The Pacers led 33-24 at the end of the first quarter and took a 75-55 lead into halftime. The Rockets outscored Indiana 39-31 in the third quarter and pulled within seven with three minutes remaining before Indiana pulled away.
Houston never led in the game.
The Pacers have won three straight against Houston following a five-game losing streak in the series.
NBA: Curry’s 42, Green’s triple-double lead Warriors past Thunder
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Stephen Curry scored 25 of his 42 points in the third quarter, and the Golden State Warriors ran away from the Oklahoma City Thunder 147-109 on Wednesday night.
Curry went 8 for 8 from the field and made all six of his 3-point attempts in the third quarter to post his high point total for a quarter this season. He was coming off a 53-point game against the Denver Nuggets on Monday that made him the franchise’s career scoring leader. He followed it by making 11 of 16 3-pointers and 14 of 20 shots overall.
“I’m still in awe of the shotmaking,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. “It’s just incredible. The level of confidence and skill is just stunning. It’s beautiful to watch. It’s a man at the peak of his powers with a lifetime of training and work – not just on his body, but on his mind.
“This is a guy who, he’s functioning at a level that very few human beings have ever functioned at in their particular field.”
It was Curry’s second straight game with at least 10 3-pointers – just the second time he has done that in his career. He posted his eighth consecutive game with at least 30 points despite resting in the fourth quarter.
“I was actually joking with him,” Kerr said. “I told him he was going back in and he didn’t understand the joke. He just wanted to run back onto the floor. I mean, that’s how hot he was.”
Draymond Green had a triple-double with 12 points, 16 assists and 10 rebounds for the Warriors. It was his fourth triple-double this season and the 28th of his career. He fueled a Golden State offense that matched a franchise record with 24 3-pointers.
Green said he knew right away it would be a big night for Curry.
“I can kind of tell when he comes out,” Green said. “Just the look in his eyes, attacking from the beginning, what type of night it’s going to be for him. He’s had that a lot lately. Hopefully, we can continue to help him and turn that into wins.”
Darius Bazley had 22 points and eight rebounds, and Moses Brown added 18 points and 12 rebounds for Oklahoma City. The Thunder have lost eight straight, all by double digits. They continue to play without leading scorer Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, who has been out since late March with plantar fasciitis in his right foot.
NBA: Jackson’s jumper gives Clippers 100-98 win over Pistons
DETROIT (AP) Reggie Jackson and Luke Kennard both spoke highly of their time in Detroit.
Small consolation for the Pistons after those two led the undermanned Los Angeles Clippers to a remarkable victory in Motown.
Jackson sank a jumper with 2.3 seconds left against his former team, giving the Clippers their seventh straight victory, 100-98 over Detroit on Wednesday night. The Clippers rallied from an 11-point deficit in the fourth quarter despite playing without several key players.
Kawhi Leonard, Paul George, Serge Ibaka, Patrick Beverley and Marcus Morris were all out for Los Angeles.
“We have a deep team,” Kennard said. “We’ve got guys that can play.”
The Clippers trailed by five in the final minute, but Terance Mann made it 98-95 with a dunk, and after Detroit’s Jerami Grant turned the ball over near midcourt, Jackson connected from 3-point range to tie it with 19.0 seconds left.
Amir Coffey then came up with a steal on the ensuing inbound pass, and after a timeout, Jackson dribbled the clock down and sank a jumper from near the top of the key.
Killian Hayes missed a 3-pointer at the other end.
“I made a couple mistakes at the end,” Grant said. “I’ll take the blame for it.”
Jackson and Kennard were both with the Pistons last season. Jackson agreed to a contract buyout before the season was over, and Kennard was dealt in the offseason.
“To come here, play here for 5 1/2 seasons was a blessing,” Jackson said. “Learning how to try to be consistent. It shaped me on and off the court. … I’ll forever have that Piston blood running through my veins.”
Kennard’s comments were similar.
“I love the city of Detroit. I always will,” he said. “The people here were really great to me.”
Grant scored 28 points and Saddiq Bey added 17 for Detroit.
Jackson finished with 29. Kennard had 17 points and 10 rebounds.
Detroit led 77-73 after three quarters, and a 3-pointer by Bey made it 89-80 around the midway point of the fourth. Grant’s jumper made it 93-82.
The Pistons played two games in a row against the Clippers. They lost 131-124 at Los Angeles on Sunday. The Clippers had a game in between.
NBA: Embiid, 76ers top undermanned Nets 123-117 for 1st in East
PHILADELPHIA (AP) The Nets played without starters from the opening tip. The 76ers tried to rest theirs in the fourth quarter.
But with Brooklyn’s deep reserves making it a game late between the two top teams in the East, Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid checked in to bail out the checked-out Sixers.
Embiid had 39 points and 13 rebounds and Philadelphia beat Brooklyn 123-117 on Wednesday night in an anticipated matchup that fizzled with the Nets missing their biggest stars.
“When the playoffs start, it’s a whole new beast. And we’ll be ready for them,” 76ers coach Doc Rivers said. “And I’m sure they’ll be ready for us.”
The Sixers (38-17) moved into first place in the Eastern Conference and hold the tiebreaker in a game played without James Harden, Kevin Durant, Blake Griffin and LaMarcus Aldridge. With the Nets standouts hurt or just rested, the game had more of a preseason feel than a possible preview of the conference final this summer.
No matter, the Sixers moved back atop the standings and have the No. 1 seed in sight with just 17 games left this season.
“It makes sense to try and have as many home games as possible,” Rivers said.
With good reason — the Sixers improved to 21-5 at home.
“I think they’re comfortable at home,” Rivers said. “Young teams typically are comfortable at home. I guess the surprise this year is (the record) without the fans. I certainly can understand with the fans.”
The Sixers had 4,094 fans spread around the arena to watch Embiid have another stellar outing against the undermanned Nets. He scored 21 points by halftime, his 14th 20-point 1st half this season (most in NBA).
Kyrie Irving scored 23 points in the first half — his eighth 20-point first half of the season — and finished with 37 points. Irving missed Tuesday’s game against Minnesota for personal reasons. Irving, though, sat out as the deep reserves helped the Nets rally from 22 points down to make it 118-115 with 1:15 left.
Landry Shamet scored 17 points, and DeAndre Jordan had 12 points and 14 rebounds.
COLLEGE BASKETBALL: Arizona taps Gonzaga’s Lloyd to lead men’s basketball team
(AP) — Arizona has hired longtime Gonzaga assistant Tommy Lloyd as its men’s basketball coach.
The school said Wednesday that Lloyd will receive a five-year contract, pending approval by the Arizona Board of Regents.
Lloyd replaces Sean Miller, who was fired after 12 years on April 7 amid an NCAA infractions investigation.
“After speaking with a tremendous pool of candidates and with so many in and out of the college basketball world, it became clear that Tommy has the passion, the experience, the knowledge, the coaching and recruiting acumen and the drive to lead us to championships,” Arizona athletic director Dave Heeke said in a statement.
“He has been a big part of the incredible rise and success of Gonzaga basketball and is well-respected for his partnership with that program’s head coach, Mark Few. We are looking forward to what’s next.”
The 46-year-old Lloyd spent the past 20 years as an assistant to Few, helping turn Gonzaga into a national powerhouse. The Bulldogs have played for the national championship in two of the past four NCAA Tournaments and have reached the Sweet 16 in six straight seasons.
Lloyd was Few’s right-hand man during the run and has proven to be an adept recruiter, particularly overseas. Behind Lloyd’s efforts, Gonzaga has landed some of the top international recruits in recent years, including Rui Hachimura, Domantas Sabonis, Kelly Olynyk, Ronny Turiaf, Kevin Pangos and Killian Tillie.
“I am extremely grateful to President (Robert) Robbins and Dave Heeke for the incredible opportunity to lead one of the country’s most storied men’s basketball programs,” Lloyd said in a statement. “While there are certainly potential obstacles ahead for our program, I embrace the challenge as we will build on the foundation in place to compete for Pac-12 and national championships. I know how much Arizona basketball means to the institution, its fans, its community and the state, and I cannot wait to get started.”
Lloyd takes over a program facing an uncertain future.
NFL NEWS: Clowney signs with Browns, wants to ‘dominate’ with Garrett
CLEVELAND (AP) As he considered his next stop in the NFL, Jadeveon Clowney said there was something about the Browns that made them very appealing.
“They’re winning,” he said.
They are now, and Clowney wants to help them win it all.
The dynamic free agent defensive end signed a one-year, $10 million contract with Cleveland on Wednesday, joining All-Pro end Myles Garrett on the defensive line of a rising team looking to go even deeper in the playoffs in the 2021 season.
Clowney turned down a multiyear offer from the Browns last year (he said his former agent didn’t want him to visit them), opting instead to sign for one season with Tennessee.
Things didn’t go as he hoped with the Titans as Clowney was slowed by a knee injury that stopped him after eight games.
He’s healthy following surgery, motivated and intent on showing he can still affect a game.
“I can still dominate this league,” the 28-year-old Clowney said. “I know that.”
The Browns will line up Clowney on the opposite side of their line from Garrett, another former No. 1 overall pick who has grown into one of the league’s best defensive players and is a threat to get a sack on every snap.
And while much has been made of Clowney’s addition making Garrett better, the 28-year-old said the opposite is also true.
“I have been getting double-teamed an awful lot in this league and in my career,” Clowney said, breaking into a wide smile. “I’m looking forward to playing with somebody who is dominant on the opposite side like a Myles Garrett, who can draw a double team.
“Maybe I can go one on one more.”
The No. 1 overall pick in 2014, Clowney hasn’t always played up to his reputation, and his stats haven’t been impressive the past few seasons – three sacks combined in 2019, 2020 – because of injuries. But Browns general manager Andrew Berry has been intrigued by him for two years, and Clowney appreciated the team’s dogged pursuit.
NFL NEWS: Man accuses NFL’s Aaron Donald of assault at Pittsburgh club
PITTSBURGH (AP) A lawyer and his 26-year-old client told Pittsburgh police Wednesday that Los Angeles Rams defensive lineman Aaron Donald and others assaulted the man at a nightclub last weekend, causing multiple injuries
Attorney Todd J. Hollis said his client, De’Vincent Spriggs, needed 16 stitches and suffered a broken orbital bone in his head, a broken nose and a sprained or broken arm at a bar on East Carson Street in the city’s South Side.
“We believe there was a misunderstanding that Mr. Spriggs bumped into Mr. Donald and Mr. Donald escalated the matter, leading to my client’s assault moments later,” Hollis said.
Hollis said Spriggs, who lives in another state, was taken by a friend to a hospital for treatment. The alleged attack occurred around 3 a.m. Sunday, he said. Hollis released a photo that showed Spriggs with facial injuries and swelling.
Hollis and Spriggs filed a criminal complaint with Pittsburgh police on Wednesday.
“They did a preliminary investigation and they’re going to look into the matter and get back to us as soon as they have more information,” Hollis said.
Police released a blotter post that said they were summoned early Sunday afternoon to Mercy Hospital, where a man with face and arm injuries told them he had accidentally bumped into someone at a South Side bar.
“He says that male and another ended up punching and kicking him,” police wrote. “The complainant admits to throwing a bottle of alcohol, but didn’t know if he had hit anyone.”
Spriggs was not identified by name, but the blotter post said the victim and his attorney made a complaint about the incident on Wednesday. Pittsburgh police do not name suspects or the accused unless charges are filed.
The department said it will consult with prosecutors who will decide if charges are warranted.
Donald, 29, was named the Associated Press NFL defensive player of the year in February, the third time he has received the distinction. He played college football at the University of Pittsburgh.
The Los Angeles Rams issued a statement saying the team was aware of reports about Donald and was collecting more information. The team declined further comment.
A message seeking comment was left with Donald’s longtime agent, Todd France.
NFL NEWS: 1 Texans QB accuser drops suit, citing privacy, security
HOUSTON (AP) One of the 22 women who have filed lawsuits accusing Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson of sexual assault and harassment has dropped her case, citing privacy and security concerns after some of the women were ordered to make their names public following court hearings last week.
In court documents filed late Tuesday, the woman’s attorney, Tony Buzbee, said she “reserves the right to refile the case once such concerns are addressed.”
Buzbee has said the women have faced death threats and attacks on social media since accusing Watson and had wanted them to be allowed to remain anonymous.
The women accuse Watson of exposing himself, touching them with his penis or kissing them against their will while he got a massage. At least one woman has alleged Watson forced her to perform oral sex. All of the women are either licensed massage therapists or worked in a spa or similar business.
After two court hearings last week and agreements between Buzbee and Watson’s attorney, Rusty Hardin, the other 21 women were expected make their names public by having their lawsuits refiled with their names. As of Wednesday, 20 of the women had refiled their lawsuits with their names on them. The remaining woman was expected to do the same by Thursday.
“It appears the Watson team thinks that if these courageous women are forced to identify themselves, they would slink away and not pursue this matter. Watson and his counsel badly miscalculated,” Buzbee said in a statement Tuesday.
In criminal cases, individuals alleging sexual assault are usually not named as the case proceeds through the criminal justice system. Texas law does not offer similar protections in civil cases.
Hardin has said it was important that the women be identified so Watson can properly defend himself.
But during a news conference last week, Hardin asked people to not threaten the women on social media as “that doesn’t do anything but demean all of us.”
Hardin has said “some sexual activity” happened in some of the massages but that Watson never coerced any of the women.
NFL NEWS: NFL’s revised offseason program includes mandatory minicamp
(AP) — The NFL’s revised offseason program still includes a post-draft rookie minicamp, voluntary workouts and a mandatory minicamp next month despite the union’s objection to in-person activities due to COVID-19 concerns.
A memo obtained by The Associated Press that was sent to teams on Wednesday outlined several changes to the offseason schedule that was agreed upon under the collective bargaining agreement last year.
The first phase of the offseason program was extended from two weeks to four from April 19 to May 14. Teams can hold up two hours of activity at their facility, but on-field drills will not be permitted and all meetings must be held virtually. Capacity limits for the facility and weight room remain in place.
During this first phase, the league plans to focus on educating players about the COVID-19 vaccine and making it available without jumping ahead of the general public. Players, coaches and staff will be encouraged to take the vaccine but it won’t be mandatory.
The second phase has been shortened from three weeks to one from May 17 to May 24. On-field drills will be permitted without contact but meetings will remain virtual.
The third phase remains four weeks and will run from May 24 to June 18. It includes 10 days of traditional OTAs at full speed without contact and players are required to attend minicamp. Meetings can be virtual or in-person.
DeMaurice Smith, executive director of the NFL Players Association, tweeted Tuesday: “We find ourselves still in the midst of a pandemic with no comprehensive plan to keep players as safe as possible, yet teams are pressuring players to attend voluntary workouts. The union has advised players that given the continued risk of exposure and the goal of a full 2021 NFL season, that they should not attend these voluntary workouts. It is every player’s decision, but our advice is to continue to use an abundance of caution given the current environment.”
The league says its altered offseason program complies with its rights under the CBA and follows the COVID-19 protocols agreed upon last season. A person familiar with the numbers, speaking on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the situation, said 400 players have been using their teams’ facilities this offseason. The league says team facilities are safer than other workout locations.
Players are protected against lost wages if they sustain an injury at a team’s facility. They don’t have the same protection if they’re injured working out anywhere else.
The three-day post-draft rookie minicamp may be held on either the first or second weekend following the draft.
The league plans to continue discussions with the NFLPA regarding the offseason program.
INDIANA MEN’S BASKETBALL: Yasir Rosemond Named Assistant Men’s Basketball Coach at Indiana
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Indiana University men’s basketball coach Mike Woodson has announced that Yasir Rosemond, who brings over 15 years of experience as a collegiate coach, has been named an assistant coach with the Hoosiers.
He spent two seasons at Alabama as a member of Avery Johnson’s staff and coached first round draft picks Collin Sexton who currently plays with the Cleveland Cavaliers after being selected with the 8th pick in the 2018 NBA Draft and Kira Lewis Jr. who was the 13th pick in the 2020 draft by the New Orleans Pelicans. He also coached SEC Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year Herbert Jones in each of his first two seasons at Alabama and John Petty Jr. and Alex Reese in their first two seasons at Alabama.
“I’m excited to finalize our coaching staff with the addition of Yasir,” said Woodson. “He brings a great deal of experience at schools like Alabama, Georgia and Oregon and has been a big contributor to their success and worked with and recruited a number of young men who were able to develop and take their game to the next level.”
In addition, Woodson has announced that Benny Sander has been promoted to Director of Basketball Operations, Brian Walsh will be the new Team and Recruitment Coordinator and Mike Roberts will become the Assistant AD for Basketball Administration. Director of Athletic Performance Clif Marshall will also remain on staff. Marshall, Sander and Walsh will begin their fifth year at IU, while Roberts will enter his third season.
“These men all will play valuable roles in the success of the program and the more I have gotten to know them it becomes more evident that they have great passion for our young men and I can’t wait to continue to work with them on a daily basis,” noted Woodson.
Rosemond joined the Crimson Tide after spending three seasons at Georgia (2014-17). The Atlanta, Ga., native also held coaching positions at Oregon, helping the Ducks reach the 2007 Elite 8, Samford and Seattle University during his 13-year coaching career.
While at Oregon, Rosemond coached three future NBA draft picks, including All-American Aaron Brooks (26th overall pick in 2007 NBA Draft by the Houston Rockets), Maarty Leunen (54th overall pick in 2008 NBA Draft by the Houston Rockets) and Malik Hairston (48th overall pick in the 2008 NBA Draft by the Phoenix Suns).
Furthermore, Rosemond also coached former standout Tajuan Porter, who holds the University of Oregon and PAC-12 record for three-pointers made in a single-season (110) and for a career (345). Porter, the 2007 PAC-10 Tournament MVP, currently ranks eighth in school history for career field goals made (584) and ninth in career steals (103).
Prior to his three years at Georgia, Rosemond worked at Samford from 2012-14 under former IU assistant coach Bennie Seltzer, after spending the 2010-11 season as an assistant coach at Seattle University under head coach Cameron Dollar.
Rosemond, a graduate of the University of Oregon, made his mark on the collegiate basketball landscape during his five seasons (2005-10) at his alma mater under head coach Ernie Kent. The first two of those years he was Director of Basketball Operations, the latter three serving as an assistant coach.
While on the Ducks’ coaching staff, Rosemond helped assemble a top-25 recruiting class in 2008 and also coached Brooks, a 2007 All-American and 10-year NBA veteran currently with the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Before joining the staff at Oregon, Rosemond coached as an assistant for two seasons at Redlands Community College in El Reno, Okla., in 2003-04 and 2004-05. He helped the Cougars advance to the NJCAA championship game during 2004. In his two seasons at Redlands, Rosemond coached three junior college All-America performers – Taj Gray, Brandon Polk and Sylvester Mayes.
MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL: Arkansas signs Musselman to new, 5-year deal at $4M per year
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) Arkansas announced Wednesday it has signed coach Eric Musselman to a new, five-year agreement that could keep him with the Razorbacks through the 2028 season.
The agreement, coming a month after Arkansas reached its first NCAA Tournament Elite Eight appearance in more than 25 years, will run from May 1 through April 2026 and includes the potential for a pair of one-year automatic agreement extensions if the Hogs receive NCAA tourney bids “within the timeframe of the agreement.”
“Coach Musselman earned this opportunity based on the tremendous progress that he and his coaching staff have made in the past two seasons, culminating with the most exciting season in the recent history of Razorback basketball,” athletic director Hunter Yurachek said.
Musselman will receive $4 million in annual compensation, with additional compensation available based on longevity and “success in the SEC and NCAA Tournament.”
“Arkansas is one of the premier programs in the nation and my family and I are ecstatic to be here,” Musselman said. “I am grateful for the commitment the university is making to me, my family and the future of our basketball program.”
Musselman is 45-19 in two years at Arkansas and 155-53 in six years as a college head coach. This season, Arkansas advanced to the Elite Eight for the first time since 1995 and won 25 games overall, including 13 in the SEC to finish second in the conference.
COLLEGE ATHLETICS: Report: NCAA approves 1-time transfer rule
The NCAA’s Division I Council has unanimously approved legislation that will allow undergraduate athletes in all sports to transfer once without needing to sit out a year, sources told Nicole Auerbach of The Athletic.
The approval will reportedly become official Thursday.
The conversation about transferring was expected to be split into two parts, according to Auerbach. The first was focused on the one-transfer rule, which will likely go into effect once it becomes official.
The second part determined whether there will be notification deadlines for transfers. A deadline of May 1 for fall and winter athletes to notify their schools they’ll be departing was reportedly approved, while spring athletes will apparently need to do so by July 1.
The recruiting schedule is another issue that’s expected to be resolved, according to Auerbach. How recruitment will shape up once the 15-month dead period ends May 31 will come down to two options. One choice will include a designated quiet period, which is a modified format that permits campus visits. The other possibility is returning to the normal recruiting calendar on June 1.
NBA MOCK DRAFT
1. Minnesota Timberwolves – Cade Cunningham, G, Oklahoma State
2. Houston Rockets – Evan Mobley, C, USC
3. Detroit Pistons – Jalen Suggs, G, Gonzaga
4. Orlando Magic – Jalen Green, G, G League Ignite
5. Cleveland Cavaliers – Jonathan Kuminga, F, G League Ignite
6. Oklahoma City Thunder – Keon Johnson, G, Tennessee
7. Washington Wizards – Moses Moody, G, Arkansas
8. Toronto Raptors – Davion Mitchell, G, Baylor
9. Sacramento Kings – Kai Jones, F, Texas
10. Orlando Magic (from CHI) – Jalen Johnson, F, Duke
11. New Orleans Pelicans – Franz Wagner, F, Michigan
12. Indiana Pacers – Scottie Barnes, F, Florida State
13. Golden State Warriors – James Bouknight, G, UConn
14. San Antonio Spurs – Josh Giddey, G, Adelaide 36ers (Australia)
15. New York Knicks – Corey Kispert, F, Gonzaga
16. Charlotte Hornets – Greg Brown, F, Texas
17. Oklahoma City Thunder (from MIA) – Ziaire Williams, F, Stanford
18. Memphis Grizzlies – Jaden Springer, G, Tennessee
19. Boston Celtics – Tre Mann, G, Florida
20. Atlanta Hawks – Ayo Dosunmu, G, Illinois
21. New York Knicks (from DAL) – Jared Butler, G, Baylor
22. Houston Rockets (from POR) – Sharife Cooper, G, Auburn
23. Los Angeles Lakers – Chris Duarte, G, Oregon
24. Houston Rockets (from MIL) – Cameron Thomas, G, LSU
25. Denver Nuggets – Isaiah Jackson, C, Kentucky
26. Los Angeles Clippers – Alperen Sengun, C, Beşiktaş (Turkey)
27. Brooklyn Nets – Usman Garuba, F, Real Madrid (Spain)
28. Philadelphia 76ers – Joel Ayayi, G, Gonzaga
29. Phoenix Suns – Max Abmas, G, Oral Roberts
30. Utah Jazz – Brandon Boston Jr., G, Kentucky
INDYCAR: IndyCar opens season with stacked rookie class chasing Dixon
(AP) Jimmie Johnson, Scott McLaughlin and Romain Grosjean, oh my! That’s quite the rookie class for IndyCar, which opens the season Sunday at Barber Motorsports Park in Alabama stacked with storylines throughout the grid.
Johnson brings seven NASCAR championships to Chip Ganassi Racing for a career reset at 45 years old. Although he always wanted to be an IndyCar driver, his opportunities came in stock cars until Johnson was able to call his own shots.
The transition will be incredibly difficult. The opening practice Saturday on the road course will be the first for Johnson, who will be doing nearly everything for the first time this weekend.
“If there’s a rocky day, am I going to be surprised? Probably not,” team owner Ganassi said Wednesday. “He’s a damn hard worker. He sets the bar at a new level for the amount of work a driver puts in. He’s always in the simulator, on the computer, on the phone, making calls, asking questions, working out, talking to sponsors, talking to the team.
“I mean, the guy doesn’t slow down. I had no idea what I was up against when racing against him in NASCAR, and now I’ve got a little feel for it.”
Grosjean comes to IndyCar from Formula One, where he’d grown frustrated at team disparity that prevented him from winning in nine seasons. His F1 career came to an abrupt halt after a fiery November crash in Bahrain; and instead of taking a ride with another team not capable of winning, the Frenchman signed with Dale Coyne Racing.
Like Johnson, Grosjean does not plan to race the four ovals on IndyCar’s 17-race schedule.
McLaughlin is the three-time defending Australian V8 SuperCars champion who moved to the United States to drive the full season for Team Penske and will resurrect the iconic “Yellow Submarine” paint scheme in the Indianapolis 500 driven by Penske winners Helio Castroneves, Rick Mears, and Johnny Rutherford.
“I didn’t think I’d be racing Jimmie Johnson and Romain Grosjean. It’s crazy. Very exciting,” McLaughlin said. “It just shows what IndyCar is all about right now. I hope the fans relish it.”
McLaughlin should easily take top rookie honors because he’s running the full schedule, but he’s got his sights set on winning races and even competing for the championship. But the competition is fierce starting at the top with six-time champion Scott Dixon and within Team Penske.
Dixon will be trying to tie A.J. Foyt’s record seven championships while leading an expanded Ganassi organization. The team will field four cars this season with only Marcus Ericsson returning for a second year. Dixon will be acclimating to new teammates Johnson and second-year IndyCar driver Alex Palou.
Dixon in 20 seasons has never won back-to-back titles but his current streak of two in the last three years is the best of his career. He turns 41 this July but noted Tom Brady recently won a sixth Super Bowl at 43.
“I don’t think you can ever really put a time scale on it or an age or anything like that,” Dixon said. “I think we’ve seen the longevity, not just in our sport but across sports in general, there’s so many different ways, whether it’s the mental game or training or anything like that.”
Penske has three IndyCar champions on its roster: Josef Newgarden has two titles, while Simon Pagenaud and Will Power each have one. Power has confirmed he’s in a contract year this season while Pagenaud declined to comment; Roger Penske said contract talks are ongoing with all his drivers, but he’s generally been on record as opposed to fielding four teams.
Penske has plenty on his plate beyond driver contracts as he begins his second season as owner of both IndyCar and Indianapolis Motor Speedway. His first year of ownership was decimated by the pandemic and he was forced to host the Indianapolis 500 without spectators for the first time in history.
He’s confident there will be fans this Memorial Day weekend — he wants the full 400,000 — and has held mass vaccination clinics at the speedway. IndyCar believes at least 90% of the paddock will have received at least the first shot by the time the the season begins Sunday. Mark Miles, president and CEO of Penske Entertainment Corp., said the series is considering regular COVID-19 testing for participants who choose not to receive the vaccine.
Penske is also negotiating a new television package as NBC enters the season in the final year of its contract. IndyCar will have a record nine races on network TV this season, but NBC has moved many practice sessions to its subscription streaming services and made production cuts that viewers will notice — Paul Tracy, for example, will be color analyst for just seven events as the network will use a two-person booth for the remaining 10.
Penske wouldn’t speculate on potential television partners and said he’s still learning about streaming services.
WNBA: Dallas Wings control WNBA draft with top two picks
NEW YORK (AP) — The Dallas Wings basically control the WNBA draft on Thursday night with the top two picks and four first-round choices.
It’s the first time in league history that a team will choose both No. 1 and 2. The Wings acquired the top pick in a February trade after being awarded the second choice in the draft lottery.
“It has made draft preparation a little bit easier,” Wings President and General Manager Greg Bibb said in a phone interview Wednesday. “Typically, you’re trying to figure out what you want to do and what everyone else wants to do, and that impacts what you want to do. The first two picks, you don’t have to worry about that. It’s a nice luxury to have.”
The Wings also have the fifth pick as well as the first pick in the second round. Dallas traded the seventh pick to Los Angeles on Wednesday for the Sparks’ first-round pick next year. Los Angeles also got a 2022 second-round pick from Dallas.
This draft completes the second half of the team’s long-term strategy after they traded away Liz Cambage and Skylar Diggins over the past few years.
“We pivoted our roster construct from a few superstar players to one which would be a on-the-fly rebuild,” he said. “We made a decision at the time of those players moving on, rather than take back other WNBA players I knew would be of lesser value to become a speculator to aggregate a number of draft picks.”
The Wings drafted Satou Sabally, Bella Alarie and Tyasha Harris last year to complement their young team.
“If we can have the same kind of success this year, we have a very talented young core group that joins Arike Ogunbowale, Kayla Thornton, Isabelle Harrison and Allisha Gray,” Bibb said. “It’s a very talented roster with a window of success that is opening.”
Bibb said that the franchise is looking at a number of players for the top two picks and he hasn’t been shy about heaping praise on Finnish player Awak Kuier. The Wings also could draft Texas’ Charli Collier with one of the top picks.
Other players expected to go early in the draft include Arizona’s Aari McDonald, Louisville’s Dana Evans, and Rutgers’ Arella Guirantes.
For the second straight season the draft will be held virtually because of the coronavirus pandemic. Commissioner Cathy Engelbert will be announcing picks from an ESPN studio in New York and players will be at home when they are drafted.
The other picks in the first round are: Atlanta at 3, Indiana at 4, New York at 6, Chicago at 8, followed by Minnesota, Los Angeles, Seattle and Las Vegas. The Washington Mystics currently have no picks in the draft.
Other tidbits from the draft:
For the first time seniors had to declare their intention to enter the draft this year because the NCAA had granted a blanket waiver allowing an extra year of eligibility. While Georgia’s Jenna Staiti and guard Que Morrison, Rice’s Nancy Mulkey, DePaul’s Deja Church and Ohio’s Cece Hooks all originally had declared for the draft, they all have decided to take their names out of the draft. Players who aren’t drafted on Thursday and haven’t done anything to violate their amateur status, like sign with an agent, have 30 days to declare their intent to return to school.
MAKING A ROSTER
With only potentially 144 roster spots in the WNBA and so many players under contract or still on their rookie-scale deals, there are not many spots open for players to make teams. There’s a good chance that less than a dozen draftees will be on opening-day rosters this season.
INDIANA WOMEN’S BASKETBALL: Grace Berger To Attend 2021 Women’s AmeriCup Team Trials
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Rising senior guard Grace Berger has been selected to participate in the 2021 USA AmeriCup Team Trials April 18-21, 2021 at the University of South Carolina.
Berger will be one of 20 athletes competing for a roster spot on the Women’s AmeriCup roster, which will feature ten nations from North, South and Central America and the Caribbean will take part in the 2021 AmeriCup, held June 11-19 in Puerto Rico. The top four finishing teams will advance to compete in one of four 2022 FIBA World Cup Qualifying Tournaments in hopes of earning one of the 12 spots in the 2022 FIBA World Cup field. Australia, host of the 2022 World Cup, and the 2020 Olympic champion, earn automatic berths to the World Cup, but will be required to participate in the qualifying process. Invitations to the trials were issued by the USA Basketball Women’s Junior National Team Committee and USA Women’s Senior National Team Committee.
The Louisville, Ky. native was the nation’s leader in triple-doubles this season with three while averaging 15.4 points, 6.8 rebounds, 4.6 assists, 1.1 steals, and a +2.3 assist-to-turnover ratio to lead IU to an Elite Eight appearance this season. The WBCA and USWBA All-American honorable mention shot 44.1 percent from the floor and 74.4 percent from the free throw line while playing 34 minutes per game. In addition, Berger scored in double figures 23 times and had seven games where she scored 20 points or more as she earned All-Big Ten first team honors and was a Cheryl Miller Award top 10 watchlist candidate.
INDIANA FOOTBALL: 4-STAR RECRUIT COMMITS TO IU
Indiana football coach Tom Allen got an early gift in the recruiting game Wednesday when 4-star DB Daeh McCullough has made a verbal commitment to Indiana in 2023. McCullough is the son of former Indiana RB Coach Deland McCullough (2011-16).
McCullough is a 6-2 195 pound defensive back ranked 78th in the nation by 247sports and chose Indiana over Penn State, Michigan, Florida, and Arizona State.
His brother Deland McCullough Jr., is now a defensive back at Miami (Ohio). Dasan McCullough, like Daeh, is considered a four-star recruit. He’s a 6-5, 220-pound linebacker committed to Ohio State.
NOTRE DAME FOOTBALL: Jack Nickel decommits from Notre Dame football
2022 commit TE Jack Nickel decommitted from the Notre Dame football program and reopened his recruitment. He made the announcement on Twitter Wednesday.
Nickel, 6-foot-4 and 230 pounds, is from Milton High in Alpharetta, Ga., and is rated the nation’s No. 34 player at his position by Rivals and 27th by 247Sports.
Oregon, LSU, Penn State, Wisconsin, Iowa and Florida State were among schools that extended scholarship offers before he chose the Fighting Irish.
Nickel’s exit leaves the Irish with 10 committed recruits in the 2022 class.
NOTRE DAME VOLLEYBALL: #22 IRISH DEFEAT ARMY, ADVANCE TO NCAA ROUND OF 32
The Irish racked up 17 total blocks and Charley Niego earned a team-high 12 kills as No. 22 Notre Dame downed Army in (23-25, 25-22, 25-17, 25-11) on Wednesday afternoon inside the CHI Health Center Omaha.
The win propels the Irish to the round of 32 for the 12th time in program history. The Irish will look to advance to the Sweet 16 for the seventh time when they take on tenth-seeded Oregon tomorrow (April 15) at noon ET.
Niego added 11 digs to notch her ninth double-double of the season and eighth in 11 matches this spring. Caroline Meuth also hit the double-digit kill mark with 10 while Zoe Nunez collected 30 assists.
The Irish also racked up a season-best 10 service aces, including a game-high three by Nunez.
Defensively, the Irish totaled 17 blocks while limiting the Black Knights to a hitting percentage of .006. Hannah Thompson and Lauren Wenzel each earned a game-high eight blocks while Meuth added five.
Hattie Monson recorded 14 digs and Nunez added 12 digs.
HOW IT HAPPENED
The Irish jumped out to an 8-3 lead before Army worked to tie the set at 16-all. A block by Wenzel put the Irish up 22-20 and force a Black Knights timeout, but Army earned five of the next six points to take the frame, 25-23.
The Irish used a critical 4-0 run, which included a pair of blocks by Wenzel, to turn a 14-13 deficit into a 17-14 lead.
Notre Dame stayed in front from there until a Black Knights’ 3-0 run evened the frame at 22-22. The Irish answered with three straight points, including an ace from Nancy Kane, to take the stanza 25-22 and even the match.
With the frame tied at 9-9, the Irish took control with an 8-1 run, including three straight kills from Niego, to grab a 17-10 lead. Another 5-0 run, this time with two kills from Aubrey Hamilton and an ace by Niego, to go up 23-15.
A block by Wenzel and Meuth clinched a 25-17 set triumph and a 2-1 lead for Notre Dame.
The Irish closed the afternoon in dominant fashion, leading from start to finish in a 25-11 triumph to clinch a four-set victory. Notre Dame hit .368 in the final frame while earning four blocks and holding Army to a hitting percentage of -.097.
#22 Notre Dame (15-3) meets tenth-seeded Oregon (14-4) with a berth in the Sweet 16 on the line tomorrow (April 15) at noon ET.
The matchup between the Irish and Ducks will be streamed via ESPN3.
The Irish are looking to advance to the Sweet 16 for the seventh time in program history.
DAYTON VOLLEYBALL: Volleyball Advances to NCAA Second Round With 3-0 Win Over Towson
OMAHA, Neb. – The University of Dayton volleyball team is advancing to the second round of the 2020-21 NCAA Tournament after a straight-set (25-15, 25-16, 25-16) win over Towson Wednesday evening. Dayton moves on to face sixth-seeded Washington Thursday at 3:30 p.m.
Dayton improves to 14-1 overall and Towson moves to 6-1 to close out its season.
• 9 – freshman Lexie Almodovar tallied a match-high nine kills to lead all attackers. For the match, she posted a .412 hitting percentage
• 7 – senior Bridget Doherty and junior Maura Collins each got under a match-high-tying seven digs
• 6 – freshman Alayna Yates tallied six total blocks
• .366 – as a team, Dayton hit at .366 for the match compared to Towson’s .024 hitting percentage
Dayton will be making the program’s eighth appearance in the NCAA Tournament Second Round tomorrow with its 3:30 p.m. match-up against sixth-seeded Washington. It will only be the second meeting between Dayton and Washington – the last was a 3-2 battle on Sept. 7, 2018 at the Pittsburgh Panther Tournament. Then 12th-ranked Washington eked out the five-set win, 25-19, 27-25, 24-26, 23-25, 17-15. The Flyers hold a 8-14 overall record over 15 appearances in NCAA tournament.
OHIO STATE VOLLEYBALL: OHIO STATE READIES FOR NCAA SECOND ROUND MATCHUP
COLUMBUS, Ohio – With the No. 9 overall seed, the Ohio State women’s volleyball team is set to face No. 25 Missouri in the second round of the NCAA Tournament on Thursday at 12 p.m. ET in the CHI Health Center. The match is slated to air on ESPN3.
No. 8 Ohio State vs. No. 25 Missouri | April 15 | 12 p.m. ET | Omaha, Neb. | Live Stats | ESPN3
It is Ohio State’s 23rd appearance in the NCAA Tournament and first tournament bid since the 2016 season.
The Buckeyes are 35-22 (.614) overall in the NCAA Tourney.
Ohio State has advanced to the regional semifinals over 70 percent of the time (16 of 22 postseason appearances).
Jen Flynn Oldenburg is making her first appearance as a head coach in the national tournament. She is the only head coach in Ohio State history to earn an appearance in the NCAA Tournament during their first year at the helm.
LOOKING AT MIZZOU
Missouri advanced to the second round of the tournament with a straight-set win over South Dakota on Wednesday, paced by Kylie Deberg with 16 kills and 10 digs.
The Tigers have a 16-7 overall record this season.
Missouri is 17-16 all-time in the NCAA Tournament.
Thursday’s contest will be just the second meeting between the Buckeyes and Tigers.
Ohio State had a 3-1 victory in the lone meeting with Missouri on Sept. 8, 2018.
The Buckeyes finished their regular season with a 15-3 overall record.
A trio of Buckeyes picked up AVCA All-Northeast Regional honors, led by Emily Londot, who was the Northeast Region Freshman of the Year. Rylee Rader and Mac Podraza joined her on the regional team.
Londot was voted Big Ten Freshman of the Year, the seventh Buckeye in program history to receive the honor and first since Stacey Gordon in 2001.
Head coach Jen Flynn Oldenburg was named Big Ten Coach of the Year by the league’s coaches and media. She is only the second Ohio State head coach to achieve the feat – Jim Stone did so three times.
A program-record five players earned All-Big Ten honors. Londot (unanimous) and Podraza were first team All-Big Ten honorees. Rader, Kylie Murr and Vanja Bukilić all garnered second team accolades. Londot and Rader also earned spots on the all-freshman team.
Ohio State moved up to No. 8 in the AVCA Division I Coaches Top-25 Poll. It is the eighth straight week the Buckeyes have been featured in the rankings and fifth week in the top 10.
BY THE NUMBERS
Ohio State ranks 14th among Division I statistical leaders with 14.20 kills per set.
The Buckeyes are averaging 13.07 assists per set to check in at No. 18 nationally.
Rylee Rader has a .422 hitting percentage to rank 15th in the country.
Mac Podraza’s 806 total assists (16th) and 10.89 assists per set (19th) are also among the top marks.
Emily Londot led all Big Ten freshmen and was second in the conference in kills per set (4.03) and total points (335.5).
EARLHAM BASEBALL: Baseball stopped in midweek clash at Manchester
SCORE: Manchester 9, Earlham 7
LOCATION: North Manchester, Indiana – Gratz Field
RECORDS: Earlham 15-10 / Manchester 10-14
NORTH MANCHESTER, Indiana – Earlham College baseball outhit Manchester University and put up some big innings late in response to the Spartans’ crooked numbers early, but the Quakers came up short in a 9-7 loss to Manchester on Wednesday afternoon at Gratz Field.
Earlham had 13 hits to Manchester’s eight, with six of the Quakers’ hits going for extra bases including a pair of home runs off the bat of Maxwell Fries. Fries drove in five of Earlham’s seven runs during the contest.
After the Quakers and the Spartans traded runs in the first inning, Manchester put up four runs in the bottom of the third to take a 5-1 lead. The Spartans manufactured four runs on two hits, a walk, and two Quaker errors, and no Manchester batter received credit for an RBI in the inning.
Manchester tacked on three more runs in the fourth to extend its lead to 8-1. Austin Knowles and Jacob Van Pelt each had RBI singles to aid the Spartan cause. The Spartans added a ninth run in the sixth inning on a Zach White sac fly to right field that allowed Knowles to cross.
The Quakers got three runs back in the seventh when Danny Dopp reached on a two-out single and went to third on Austin Hatfield’s double to right field. Fries plated both runners with a home run to left-center field, cutting the Manchester lead to 9-4. Earlham added two more runs in the ninth when Hatfield sacrificed home Brian Pincura, who got aboard with a lead-off single. Fries belted his second round-tripper of the night on the next on the next at bat with a two-run shot that also scored Dopp.
Dopp finished the night 4-for-5 with a double, two runs scored, and a run batted in. Hatfield, Fries, and Christian Lancianese each had two hits. Phoenix Guzzi started on the mound for Earlham and took the loss after going three-and-a-third innings on the mound.
Earlham baseball will face Bluffton University on Saturday, April 17, at 1:00 p.m. in an HCAC doubleheader.
NOTRE DAME BASEBALL: KAVADAS NAMED TO GOLDEN SPIKES AWARD MIDSEASON WATCH LIST
NOTRE DAME, Ind. — One of the best power hitters in the country just got named to the midseason watch list for one of the most prestigious awards in college baseball. Senior infielder Niko Kavadas worked his way onto the Golden Spikes Award Midseason Watch List that was announced by USA Baseball Wednesday afternoon. Kavadas is the first Irish player to make the midseason watch list since Eric Jagielo and Dan Slania were both named to the list during the 2013 season.
“Well deserved for Niko,” said head coach Link Jarrett. “He has worked very hard and has been one of the game’s elite hitters.This is a reflection of his intensity within the at-bat combined with a gift of elite skill.”
The Granger, Ind. native has been on a tear at the plate this season and is near the top of a number of power hitting categories. Kavadas ranks No. 2 in the nation in home runs per game (0.55), No. 3 in slugging percentage (.903) and No. 5 in home runs (12). Kavadas leads the ACC in home runs per game, slugging percentage along with runs batted in per game (1.45).
Kavadas currently has 36 career home runs which is sixth best in program history and he is one shy of being in a tie for third all-time. Kavadas is also just two home runs shy of earning 10th place in program history for the most home runs in a single season.
Niko began the season hitting home runs in each of his first two at-bats against Wake Forest to tie a career high. He hit another multi-home run game later in the season in the midweek win over Valpo.
Kavadas has garnered national attention so far as we are near the halfway point of the regular season. He was named a Midseason All-American by D1Baseball and was named a second team Midseason All-American by Perfect Game.
Kavadas and the seventh-ranked Irish will be back in action on Friday as they welcome NC State for a weekend series at Frank Eck Stadium.
INDIANA STATE BASEBALL: Geremy Guerrero Named to Golden Spikes Award Midseason Watch List
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Indiana State University left-hander Geremy Guerrero has been named to the Golden Spikes Award Midseason Watch List, USA Baseball announced Wednesday.
Guerrero, a redshirt senior, owns a 6-0 record and a 1.31 ERA over seven starts this season. The Metamora, Ill. native has surrendered 28 base hits and only seven runs over 48 innings pitched while holding opponents to a .168 average against. Guerrero has struck out 56 and issued seven free passes while being a part of two combined shutouts. He tied for second-most strikeouts in a single game during the series opener at FIU on Mar. 5. The 15-strikeout performance was one shy of Dan Lazar’s 16-strikeout game in 1965 while tying Blaise Ilsley’s mark in 1984.
The last Sycamores to be named to the watch list was left-hander Sean Manaea during the 2013 season.
The midseason watch list features 45 of the nation’s top amateur players from the high school and college ranks and includes 34 athletes who have played their way onto the watch list since the preseason list was announced on February 18. The Golden Spikes Award Advisory Board will continue to maintain a rolling list of athletes, allowing players to play themselves into consideration for the award before announcing the semifinalists on June 8.
“We are happy to recognize forty-five amateur athletes on the Golden Spikes Award midseason watch list who put together stellar performances throughout the first half of the season,” said Paul Seiler, USA Baseball’s Executive Director and CEO. “Each of these athletes have proven themselves worthy of consideration for this prestigious award and we cannot wait to watch the rest of this exciting season unfold before announcing our semifinalists in June.”
The watch list is headlined by Adrian Del Castillo (Miami) and Kumar Rocker (Vanderbilt), who both appeared on two consecutive preseason watch lists in 2020 and 2021. Additionally, Kenyon Yovan (Oregon) was named to the 2021 midseason watch list after appearing on the preseason list in 2019.
Vanderbilt University leads all 40 schools represented with three athletes on the 2021 midseason watch list while Arizona, Mississippi State, and Texas Tech each placed two athletes on the list.
In total, 17 different NCAA conferences have at least one athlete on the list. The Southeastern Conference leads all conferences represented on the midseason watch list with nine athletes, while seven players represent the Atlantic Coast Conference and five hail from the Big 12 Conference.
On Tuesday, June 8, USA Baseball will announce the semifinalists for the 2021 Golden Spikes Award. The list of semifinalists will then be sent to a voting body consisting of baseball media members, select professional baseball personnel, current USA Baseball staff and the previous winners of the award, representing a group of more than 200 voters. As part of this selection process, all voters will be asked to choose three players from the list of semifinalists. On June 24, USA Baseball will announce the finalists, and voting for the winner will begin that same day.
WRIGHT STATE BASEBALL: Damon Dues named to Brooks Wallace Award Watch List
Wright State infielder Damon Dues has been selected to the 2021 Brooks Wallace Award watch list, the College Baseball Foundation announced Tuesday. Dues is one of 100 players selected from across the country.
The award, sponsored by Mizuno, honors the nation’s top shortstop and will be presented this summer by the College Baseball Foundation. The complete list can be found here.
Dues has started all 21 games for the Raidergang so far this season, hitting .302 with two doubles, two triples and a homer from the top of the Wright State order. The shortstop has a .820 on-base percentage and has also drawn 16 walks and been hit by a pitch in addition to his 26 hits, while scoring 25 runs. He is also 8-for-10 on stolen bases to date.
Defensively, Dues has a .919 fielding percentage with only five errors in 62 chances. He is 35 assists and has been a part of six double plays turned.
Dues and the Raiders will take on Florida Gulf Coast in a three-game neutral site series this weekend in Jacksonville, Alabama. The teams will play a doubleheader beginning at 2 p.m. EST on Friday before a single game at 1 p.m. EST on Saturday.
BIG 10 WOMEN’S SOCCER: Big Ten Announces 2020-21 Women’s Soccer Postseason Honors
ROSEMONT, Ill. – The Big Ten Conference announced the 2020-21 Women’s Soccer All-Big Ten Teams and individual honors Thursday, with Big Ten Champion Penn State earning four individual accolades, according to a vote of the conference’s 14 head coaches. The Nittany Lions’ Ally Schlegel was selected as the Forward of the Year, Sam Coffeycollected Midfielder of the Year honors, Eva Alonso was chosen as Co-Freshman of the Year, and Erica Dambach was voted Coach of the Year. In addition, Ohio State’s Izzy Rodriguez was named Defender of the Year and Peyton McNamara earned Co-Freshman of the Year accolades, while Wisconsin’s Jordyn Bloomer was the Goalkeeper of the Year.
Schlegel, who is among seven Big Ten student-athletes on the 2020-21 MAC Hermann Trophy Watch List, leads the Big Ten in goals (11), game-winning goals (3) and points (27) this season, while tying for third in total shots on goal (22). The sophomore from Parker, Colo., is the second Penn State player to earn the Big Ten Forward of the Year award and first since Maya Hayes received back-to-back honors in 2011 and 2012.
Also a Hermann Trophy candidate, Coffey is tops in the Big Ten with nine assists and three game-winning goals this season, in addition to ranking third in goals (6) and points (21) and tying for sixth in total shots on goal (16). A top-10 finalist for the Senior CLASS Award and resident of Sleepy Hollow, N.Y., Coffey is the fourth Nittany Lion chosen for the Big Ten Midfielder of the Year award and second in three seasons, joining Christine Nairn (2012), Raquel Rodriguez (2014) and Emily Ogle (2018).
As a senior, Rodriguez has anchored the Buckeyes’ defense this season, starting the past 10 games and helping Ohio State go unbeaten in eight of those contests, including three shutouts. She also scored the game-winning goal in the Buckeyes’ 2-1 victory at Illinois on March 21. Originally from Canton, Mich., Rodriguez is the second Ohio State student-athlete to garner Defender of the Year honors and first since Morgan Wolcott in 2017.
Bloomer, another of the Big Ten’s Hermann Trophy candidates and a finalist for the Senior CLASS Award, is the second two-time recipient of the Big Ten Goalkeeper of the Year and the first to do so in consecutive seasons (Rutgers’ Casey Murphy was selected in 2015 and 2017). A three-year starter at Wisconsin, Bloomer leads the conference with seven shutouts and a 0.58 shutout percentage, ranks second with a 0.63 goals-against average, and is third with an .826 save percentage. The Hartland, Wis., senior is the third Badger named Goalkeeper of the Year, along with Michelle Dalton (2011) and Genevieve Richard (2014).
Alonso and McNamara are the second co-recipients of the Big Ten Freshman of the Year and the first since 1995, the second year the award was presented. That season, Indiana’s Tracy Grose shared the honor with Ohio State’s Jennifer Plante.
Alonso has emerged as an integral piece of Penn State’s defense this season, as the Nittany Lions have allowed just two goals in their last six games and recently had a streak of 421 consecutive scoreless minutes from March 21 through April 11. A native of Villanueva del Pardillo, Spain, Alonso is the 10th Penn State student-athlete voted Big Ten Freshman of the Year and the second in as many seasons, following Schlegel’s selection in 2019.
McNamara has been a dynamic offensive weapon for Ohio State this season, ranking seventh in the conference in goals (5) and eighth in game-winning goals (2) and points (12). A product of Norwalk, Conn., McNamara is the fourth Buckeye to be named Big Ten Freshman of the Year, along with Plante, Lisa Grubb (2001) and Lara Dickenmann (2004).
Dambach was chosen by her peers as the Big Ten Coach of the Year for the fifth time, having previously received the award in 2009, 2012, 2014 and 2018. She is the second five-time recipient of the honor, joining current Wisconsin coach Paula Wilkins, who has earned that distinction seven times (twice at UW following five selections at Penn State).
This season, Dambach has guided Penn State, which is up to No. 4 (and receiving two first-place votes) in the latest United Soccer Coaches poll, to a 10-1-1 record, including a 9-1-1 mark during the Big Ten slate. The Nittany Lions also won their 20th Big Ten title and are set to play host to the Big Ten Tournament semifinals and championship game later this week, as PSU seeks to become just the second school to earn back-to-back tournament titles (it also did so in 2000 and 2001).
Schlegel, Coffey, Rodriguez and Bloomer earned spots on the All-Big Ten First Team (Schlegel was a unanimous selection) and were joined by Michigan’s Nicki Hernandez and Alia Martin, Ohio State’s Kayla Fischer, Penn State’s Frankie Tagliaferri, Rutgers’ Amirah Ali and Gabby Provenzano, and Wisconsin’s Maia Cella. The complete All-Big Ten teams, including the Big Ten All-Freshman Team, can be found in the attached document.
The Big Ten also recognized 14 Sportsmanship Award honorees. The students chosen are individuals who have distinguished themselves through sportsmanship and ethical behavior. These students must also be in good academic standing and have demonstrated good citizenship outside of the sports-competition setting. The complete list of honorees can be found in the attached PDF file.
The Big Ten Tournament kicks off Thursday from Jeffrey Field in University Park, Pa., with semifinal action as host Penn State takes on Iowa at 5 p.m. (ET), followed by Rutgers against Wisconsin at 7:30 p.m. (ET). The Big Ten Tournament championship game will be played at noon (ET) April 18, also at Jeffrey Field. All three tournament games will be televised live on the Big Ten Network, as well as FOX Sports Go and the FOX Sports app.
INDIANA WSOCCER: Aehling, Wos, Lockwood and Luker Earn Big Ten Postseason Honors
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Four members of the Indiana women’s soccer team earned Big Ten conference honors after the league announced the yearly postseason awards on Wednesday afternoon.
Indiana women’s soccer picks up four Big Ten postseason awards, the most since the 2006 season.
Freshman and junior defenders Anna Aehling and Oliwia Wos were named to the All-Big Ten Second Team while sophomore midfielder Avery Lockwood was named to the All-Big Ten Third Team.
Sophomore defender Karlee Luker was selected as a Big Ten Sportsmanship Honoree.
Aehling also earned a spot on the All-Big Ten Freshman Team. This is the first time Indiana has had players named back-to-back on the freshman team since the 2007-2008 season.
All-Big Ten Freshman Team / All-Big Ten Second Team
In her first season, Aehling started in all 12 matches, playing over 1000 minutes while controlling Indiana’s backline. Aehling was also named to the Big Ten women’s soccer preseason watch list. She earned her first career point with an assist on goal against Penn State. Aehling was ranked No. 15 on Top Drawer Soccer’s Freshmen Top-100.
All-Big Ten Second Team
Alongside Aehling, Wos held the backline strong to lead the Hoosiers to four shutout wins. The junior assisted on both goals in the 2-0 shutout against Maryland. She started every game, playing every minute for IU. Wos also earned a spot on TopDrawer Soccer’s National Team of the Week on March 23.
All-Big Ten Third Team
Lockwood earns a spot on the postseason team for the second straight-season after earning All-Big Ten freshman honor in 2019. As a key player to Indiana’s offense, she scored two goals and one assist including the gamewinner against Michigan.
Big Ten Sportsmanship Honoree
Karlee Luker is the second Hoosier to be honored with the Big Ten Sportsmanship Award since defender Hanna Németh in the 2019 season. After transferring from Rhode Island, Luker played in all 12 games for Indiana while earning five starts.
Sportsmanship Award Honorees
Jayna Fittipaldo, Sr., Illinois
Karlee Luker, So., Indiana
Diane Senkowski, Sr., Iowa
Hope Lewandoski, Sr., Maryland
Janiece Joyner, Jr., Michigan
Michelle Herring, Sr., Michigan State
Delaney Stekr, Jr., Minnesota
Theresa Pujado, Sr., Nebraska
Francesca Docters, Jr., Northwestern
Kayla Fischer, Jr., Ohio State
Kerry Abello, Sr., Penn State
Hannah Melchiorre, Sr., Purdue
Gabby Provenzano, Sr., Rutgers
Isabelle Verdugo, So., Wisconsin
PURDUE WSOCCER: Griffith and Walsh Named to All-Big Ten Team
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Purdue soccer redshirt junior forward Sarah Griffith and junior midfielder Grace Walsh have been named to the All-Big Ten Team, the Big Ten Conference announced on Wednesday.
Griffith was named to the second team and Walsh was selected to the third team. The duo are Purdue’s first All-Big Ten honorees since 2017 and the third and fourth to be recognized since 2010. They are the 29th and 30th Boilermakers to be named to an All-Big Ten team in program history.
“Sarah and Grace had tremendous seasons, and this recognition from the Big Ten is well deserved,” Purdue coach Drew Roff said. “They both have committed fully to their development, and both have raised their game to another level as a direct result. It is great to see their hard work pay off.”
Additionally, senior Hannah Melchiorre was named Purdue’s Big Ten Sportsmanship Award recipient.
Griffith led the Big Ten and was No. 6 nationally with 4.58 shots per match, and she was eighth with 2.42 shots on goal per contest. She finished the regular season sixth in the Big Ten with five goals and two match-winning goals and was ninth in the conference with 11 total points.
A native of Naperville, Illinois, Griffith started all 12 matches and played 977 minutes. Along with her team-leading five goals, two match-winning goals, 11 points, 55 shots and 29 shots on goal, she had one assist on the season.
Walsh played in and started 11 matches and had had one assist, seven shots and two shots on goal. She logged 1,002 minutes and played at least 90 minutes in seven of her 11 appearances. In her first season as a midfielder after beginning her career as a defender, Walsh also was a key contributor in helping the Boilermakers post four shutouts.
From Kensington, Maryland, Walsh is the first Purdue midfielder to earn All-Big Ten accolades since 2010.
Melchiorre played in 11 matches with two starts. She had eight shots, three on goal, in 382 minutes played. A two-time Academic All-District honoree, Melchiorre was named a CoSIDA Academic All-American and a Coach Wooden Citizenship Cup semifinalist in 2019.
The Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada, native will graduate in May with a degree in biochemistry. The Big Ten Sportsmanship Award honors her sportsmanship and ethical behavior, and is awarded to one student-athlete from each school.
IUE WSOCCER: NAIA WOMEN’S SOCCER NATIONALS: IU EAST AT MARIAN PREVIEW
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The Indiana University East women’s soccer program makes a return trip to the national tournament starting April 15.
IU East plays at Marian University in the first match of the four-team “Indianapolis Bracket” NAIA Women’s Soccer National Championship Opening Round event.
Match time is 4 p.m. on the Knights’ St. Vincent Field.
IU East (11-3-1) earned a second consecutive national tournament appearance in what is just the program’s fourth season.
Marian (18-2-0), the runner-up in the 2019 national tournament, was No. 5 in the most recent NAIA Women’s Soccer Coaches Poll.
No. 17 Aquinas (13-2-0) and No. 28 Cardinal Stritch (11-1-1) will play in the second semifinal of the “Indianapolis Bracket.”
The semifinal winners will play April 17 at 7 p.m. The winner of the four-team bracket will advance to the NAIA Women’s Soccer National Championship final site in Foley, Ala. Matches at the final site begin April 27.
FOLLOW THE MATCH
St. Vincent Field is located on the Marian University campus, GPS address 3200 Cold Spring Road in Indianapolis.
Spectators will be permitted (up to 1,000). Spectators must purchase a ticket online at https://muknights.universitytickets.com/. Tickets are $8 per day ($5 for ages 5 and under). Masks are required for spectators ages 2 and up.
A pay-per-view live video broadcast (cost $9.99) will be available. The match also will be broadcast in Indiana on Xfinity CN81.
Free live stats also will be available.
IU EAST STORYLINES
* IU East qualified for the national tournament by winning the River States Conference Championship postseason tournament for the second year in a row. The Red Wolves defeated Asbury University 3-0 in the title match April 10.
* IU East and Marian have played twice since the Red Wolf program started in 2017. Marian won 3-0 on March 5 this season. IU East also played a “home” match on the Knights’ field earlier this spring.
* Gabby Mitchum set an IU East single-match school record with 13 saves in the Red Wolves’ March match against Marian.
* IU East seeks its first national tournament victory. The Red Wolves fell 2-1 against Spring Arbor in the 2019 Opening Round.
* IU East swept the RSC Player of the Week awards after winning the RSC Championship title last week. Kimberly Trapp is the RSC Offensive Player of the Week. Brooke Conway is the RSC Defensive Player of the Week.
* Kimberly Trapp leads IU East with 10 goals. She is 11th in the nation with five game-winning goals.
* Brooke Conway leads IU East with three assists.
OHIO STATE WSOCCER: RODRIGUEZ, MCNAMARA EARN B1G INDIVIDUAL HONORS, SEVERAL BUCKEYES EARN ALL-B1G ACCOLADES
COLUMBUS, Ohio — Senior Izzy Rodriguez and freshman Peyton McNamara were named Big Ten Defender of the Year and Big Ten Co-Freshman of the Year, respectively, Wednesday by the Big Ten Conference following a vote by league coaches.
Additionally, Rodriguez (defense) and Kayla Fischer (forward) were named First Team All-Big Ten. Fischer also is Ohio State’s Sportsmanship Award Honoree.
Emma Sears (forward) earned Second Team All-Big Ten accolades while Alyssa Baumbick (midfield) and Talani Barnett (defense) were named Third Team All-Big Ten.
Rodriguez, a defender from Canton, Michigan, is a three-time OSU Scholar Athlete and two-time Big Ten Academic All-Big Ten honoree. She was named one of two captains for the 2021 season in early March.
Rodriguez is a veteran of 67 games in an Ohio State uniform. She has helped the Buckeyes to a 7-2-3 record this season and over her career to 35 total victories.
“We are very honored to receive multiple Big Ten Awards this season,” Lori Walker-Hock, head coach of the Buckeyes, said. “Individual awards are always a reflection of the team’s collective efforts. I am proud of our player’s for their commitment to preparation and discipline through the covid isolation and protocols. This has been a long haul since the summer of 2020.”
Walker-Hock // Rodriguez
“Izzy has been a mainstay at left back for four seasons. Her consistency coupled with her attacking personality have allowed us to play with a large shape. She reads the game extremely well and has a knack for inserting herself into the attack.”
CINCINANTI WSOCCER: No. 3 Soccer Faces No. 2 Memphis In AAC Semifinal Match
CINCINNATI – The No. 3 University of Cincinnati soccer team plays No. 2 Memphis on Thursday in the first of two American Athletic Conference Championship semifinals at 3 p.m. ET with the game televised on ESPN+ and live stats available on BearcatStats.com.
No. 1 USF will face No. 4 East Carolina in the nightcap at 7 p.m.
The championship final will take place Saturday, April 17 at 2 p.m. ET on ESPN+.
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Semifinals – Thursday, April 15
No. 3 Cincinnati vs. No. 2 Memphis – 3 p.m. ET– ESPN+
No. 4 East Carolina vs. No. 1 USF – 7 p.m. ET– ESPN+
Championship Final – Saturday, April 17
Semifinal winners – 2 p.m. ET– ESPN+
BACK IN BLACK
The Bearcats finished 4-4-1 and enter the AAC Championship on a four-match unbeaten streak, winning three of four and earning a double overtime tie against No. 15 USF on April 11.
The Bearcats are seeded third for the second time in The American’s conference tournament (2017).
UC is looking for its second tournament crown after capturing the title in 2015 on penalties over USF.
UC and Memphis have squared off 19 times previously but only once in the postseason, a 2-1 UC win in the 1996 C-USA Tournament. UC leads the all-time series 10-7-1.
LAST TIME OUT
An 84th-minute goal by Sophie Gorman knotted things up at 1-1 and helped earn a double-overtime draw with No. 15 USF on senior day at Gettler Stadium
Gorman corralled the ball off a header from a USF player who deflected a Lauren Bastian cross at the top of the arc, let it bounce on the ground and one-timed a brilliant in-swinger while falling down and beat a diving USF keeper with the score just inside the post. The senior from Cincinnati gave a leaping fist bump and was mobbed.
SCOUTING THE BEARCATS
Nine players have netted goals for UC in 2021 with Kendall Battle (2) topping the charts.
Vanessa DiNardo (17) and Lauren Bastian (12) top the shot callers while Bastian and Alli Pestaina lead with two assists.
Ashley Barron, who has worn the captain’s armband, leads a back line which has surrendered only 10 goals.
GK Anna Rexford, a freshman, has made 27 saves with a 1.08 goals against average in nine starts.
Seven members of UC’s freshmen class have seen significant playing time with Sophie Gorman as the lone senior who features regularly.
UC averages over a goal per game on 11.5 shots per game.
Ashley Barron shared the AAC Defensive Player of the Year award and was named a First-Team All-AAC honoree.
Barron led a back line which ranked in the top half of the league in goals against average (1.08), earn a pair of clean sheets and helped freshman goalkeeper Anna Rexford rank among the league leaders in GAA and saves. Barron also scored a goal off a set piece in a road win against Tulsa.
She is the second player in program history to earn First-Team All-AAC accolades twice along with former standout defender Vanessa Gilles. Only six UC soccer players have earned multiple postseason first-team all-conference awards, including Barron (2019-20), Gilles (2016-17), Heather Herweh (2001-02), Tina Matlock (1997-98) and Paulette Angilecchia (1994-96).
Barron is the sixth defender to earn a postseason league defender of the year honor, joining Gilles (2017), Christy Hoffman (2001), Tracy Pohl (1997), Nicole Thorne (1996) and Julie McCaffrey (1995).
CITY OF BLINDING LIGHTS
Lauren Basitan (Rooke), Kendall Battle and Alli Pestaina (2nd) all earned All-AAC honor this week.
Battle was the team’s leading scorer with a pair of goals and tied for the team lead with four points, netting dramatic game winners in overtime against Houston and a late second-half effort against Tennessee.
Pestaina was partnered with Barron on the back line for the defensive which allowed only 10 goals all season. Pestaina netted the game winner at East Carolina and earned AAC Def. POTW honors on March 29 after the Bearcats conceded one score in 185 minutes and earned a pair of wins.
Bastian shared the team’s points lead with Battle, scoring a goal off a penalty kick and assisting on two others. She started all nine matches in the midfield and was on the AAC honor roll on April 12 after assisting on Sophie Gorman’s game-tying score which led to the double OT tie against nationally ranked USF.
THE SHOW MUST GO ON
Over half of UC’s lineup is made up of first or second-year players. Sophie Gorman is the only senior in the regular XI.
True freshmen Lauren Bastian and Anna Rexford have started all nine games while Elizabeth Fortuna and Chole Spitler have both earned starts.
UC added a pair of transfers and Cincinnati natives to the roster in GK Kate Marrs and D Grace Wolber. Marrs prepped at Indian Hill and transferred from Butler while Wolber played at Wyoming and returned home after a stint at Kent State.
Eight players from Cincinnati sit on the 2020 roster with a total of 18 from the state of Ohio and three from Kentucky.
GK Madison Less finds herself in a new role this season after suffering a season-ending injury in preseason training.
Less is serving as a student-assistant coach this spring.
She has made 42 career starts, with a 1.13 GAA and 158 saves.
LEARNING TO FLY
Head Coach Neil Stafford is in his eighth season at UC and welcomed a number of new staff members to his staff.
Assistants Rich Wall (Ball State) and Caroline Kelly (Army) and volunteer assistant Bryce Hueber are new to the staff.
Stafford’s coaching tree has continued to grow as former assistants now head programs at Eastern Kentucky, Kentucky, Oregon State and Xavier. Former assistants also sit in key roles at Iowa State and Ohio State.
NEVER TEAR US APART
The injury bug has hit the Bearcats hard in 2021.
Five projected starters or key contributors have yet to play this season, including MF Ellie Flower, GK Madison Less, F Sydney McMillin, MF Ally Sidloski and MF Julia Simer.
MF Ying Zhan has not yet returned to the United States due to COVID-19 travel restrictions.
LONG TIME GONE
When UC took the field at UCF on Feb. 21, it had been 475 days since its last match on Nov. 3, 2019 vs. SMU.
As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, UC lost its 2020 spring season, mostly used for player development, and didn’t return to practice until late in the Fall 2020.
UC posted a 3.798 GPA in fall 2020, with 25 players on the dean’s list and honor roll and six TopCats (4.0 GPAs).
Soccer was one of six UC programs to earn a 2020 NCAA Public Recognition Award for an APR score in the Top-10.
The team had a 3.79 GPA in 2018-19, the highest of any program in the nation.
BUTLER MEN’S SOCCER: Three Butler Soccer Standouts Earn All-BIG EAST Honors
Three Bulldogs earned All-BIG EAST honors as voted on by the league’s head coaches and announced by the conference office Wednesday, April 14.
Sophomore forward Wilmer Cabrera, Jr. and senior defender Rhys Myers were placed on the All-BIG EAST first team, while junior midfielder Jack Haywood picked up second team accolades.
The trio led the Bulldogs to a 4-2-2 conference mark during the modified spring 2021 season that saw Butler play a divisional schedule with home-and-home series against the BIG EAST’s other Midwest teams.
Cabrera, Jr. was the 2019 BIG EAST Freshman of the Year, while also earning second-team honors. He scored four goals and had three assists during the 2021 season. That included a three-goal game in the March 3 match against DePaul. Cabrera’s 37 shots lead the BIG EAST, while his four goals and 11 points are both tied for sixth in the conference rankings.
Myers anchored a defense that allowed only 14 goals in the Bulldogs’ 12 matches this season. Butler posted five shutouts, all within the team’s eight BIG EAST matches. This is the first All-BIG EAST recognition of his Butler career.
This is the third consecutive season that Haywood has been recognized by the league’s head coaches. He was named to the 2018 All-Freshman Team and the 2019 All-BIG EAST third team. Haywood had a goal and three assists during the spring season, including the game-winner and two assists in the regular season finale win over Creighton, an effort that earned him United Soccer Coaches National Player of the Week honors on Monday. Haywood, along with Cabrera, Jr., are tied for seventh in the BIG EAST with three assists this season.
The full list of BIG EAST awards and All-conference teams follows:
BIG EAST Regular Season Awards
Offensive Player of the Year
Diego Gutierrez, Creighton, Sr., F
Midfielder of the Year
Dante Polvara, Georgetown, So., M
Defensive Player of the Year
Rio Hope-Gund, Georgetown, Sr., D
Goalkeeper of the Year
Giannis Nikopolidis, Georgetown, Jr.
Freshman of Year
Beto Soto, Marquette, Fr., F
Coaching Staff of the Year
BIG EAST All-Conference Teams
First Team *
Wilmer Cabrera, Jr., Butler, So., F
Diego Gutierrez, Creighton, Sr., F
Derek Dodson, Georgetown, Sr., F
Lukas Sunesson, Marquette, Jr., F
Tani Oluwaseyi, St. John’s, Jr., F
C.J. Tibbling, Seton Hall, Jr., F
Jacob Montes, Georgetown, Sr., M
Dante Polvara, Georgetown, So., M
Paulo Lima, Providence, Jr., M
Rhys Myers, Butler, Sr., D
Rio Hope-Gund, Georgetown, Sr., D
Luca Dahn, Seton Hall, Jr., D
Giannis Nikopolidis, Georgetown, Jr., GK
Duncan McGuire, Creighton, R-Fr., F
Lyam Mackinnon, Villanova, So., F
Karsen Henderlong, Xavier, So., F
Jack Haywood, Butler, Jr., M
Callum Watson, Creighton, Jr., M
Charles Auguste, Creighton, Jr., M
Sean Zawadzki, Georgetown, Jr., M
Musa Qongo, Creighton, Sr., D
Alex Mirsberger, Marquette, RS-So., D
Ramzi Qawasmy, Providence, Jr., D
Andreas Nota, Seton Hall, Sr., GK
Third Team *
Felix Metzler, UConn, Jr., D
Jake Fuderer, DePaul, Jr., M
Tim Iscra, DePaul, Sr., D
Paul Rothrock, Georgetown, Sr., M
Will Sands, Georgetown, So., M/D
Zyan Andrade, Marquette, Jr., M
Chandler Hallwood, Marquette, RS-So., GK
Beto Soto, Marquette, Fr., F
Gevork Diarbian, Providence, Fr., F
Luis Garcia, Providence, So., M
Brandon Knapp, St. John’s, Jr., M
Einar Lye, St. John’s, Jr., M
JP Marin, Seton Hall, Jr., M
Johannes Pex, Seton Hall, So., D
Felix Boe Tangen, Xavier, So., F
* due to ties in voting there are extra members on the All-BIG EAST First and Third Teams
PURDUE SOFTBALL: Purdue Sets Out for 4 Games at Illinois
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Starting an eight-game stretch away from home, the Purdue softball team will head out for a four-game series this weekend at Illinois. All games will be streamed on Big Ten Network+.
Purdue (7-17) vs. Illinois (15-9)
Friday – 6 PM | Saturday – 2 & 4:30 PM | Sunday – 1 PM
(All times Eastern)
TV: Big Ten Network+
The Boilermakers took a game off Indiana last week, despite dropping the point in the Governor’s Cup. Kaitlyn Brannstrom and Cora Bassett account for eight of Purdue’s 10 RBI on the weekend against the Hoosiers. The Boilermakers’ pitching staff struck out 18 over the four games with just six walks against.
Rachel Becker continues to sit second in the Big Ten in batting average with a .427 clip on the year. The junior has a .506 slugging percentage and a .627 on-base mark to go along with a team-high 20 runs scored. Becker also has a team-best 12 multi-hit games this season.
• Illinois leads the all-time series 29-16.
• Cora Bassett’s three-RBI triple in the series finale took her total runs batted in up to a Big Ten-leading 21 on the year.
• Kaitlyn Brannstom enters the weekend with six runs driven in over the last eight games, a team high.
• Kiley Goff has reached base in each of the last 11 games, the best streak by the Boilermakers this season.
• The Boilermakers have plated 40 of their 71 runs on the year in the fifth inning or later.
• Purdue’s pitching staff has only surrendered eight home runs on the year, good for fourth fewest in the Big Ten.
• Ashley Peters, Purdue’s most used bullpen arm, has not allowed her last five inherited runners to score.
• Rookie Savanah Henley has a team-low 1.83 ERA as a starter over 30 2/3 innings, including just five earned runs allowed over her last four starts.
BUTLER SOFTBALL: Graves Leads the Way as @ButlerSoftball Blanks Dayton, 1-0
A strong outing from senior pitcher Alyssa Graves gave the Bulldogs a 1-0 win over the visiting Dayton Flyers Wednesday afternoon in Indianapolis.
With the result, Butler improves to 15-15; the Bulldogs have won six of their last seven contests. Dayton falls to 11-21.
Maddie Moore, who had the walk-off hit in yesterday’s 5-4 win over Ball State, kept her bat hot in the first inning Wednesday. Her two-out double to the base of the left-center fence scored Karli Ricketts to put the Bulldogs on the board first. That would be the only run of the game and the only run that Graves would need.
The left-hander was able to scatter seven Dayton hits and two hit batters by striking out five and not allowing a walk. She didn’t have a 1-2-3 inning until the sixth, but did her best work with Flyers on base, consistently getting out of jams. She needed 98 pitches over her seven innings.
Graves improves to 6-4 on the season. It’s her third shutout of 2021 as her ERA lowers to 2.36.
Addy Bullis took the loss for Dayton. She allowed the single run in 4.2 innings of work. Sarah Bailitz came on in relief. The duo limited Butler to only four hits.
With Georgetown opting out of the 2021 season, the weekend series originally on the schedule has been canceled. The Bulldogs are now off until they travel to Providence for a three-game series April 24-25.
INDIANA MEN’S GOLF: Indiana and Minnesota Share Men’s Golfer of the Week Honor
Co-Golfers of the Week
Brock Ochsenreiter, Indiana
Sr. – Nashville, Tenn. – Ensworth
- Won the Boilermaker Individual event with a total of 209 (-7) at the Ackerman-Allen Golf Course in West Lafayette, Ind.
- Carded rounds of 69, 68 and 72 to finish more than three full strokes below the course average of 73.38 for the week
- Recorded 51 of 54 holes at or below par on the weekend, highlighted by 10 birdies, for his first career individual title
- The three-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree collects his first career Golfer of the Week honor
- Last Indiana Golfer of the Week honoree: Harry Reynolds (Feb. 10, 2021)
Angus Flanagan, Minnesota
Sr. – Woking, England – Bradfield College
- Fired a three-under 69 in the final round on Sunday afternoon to hold off the field and claim medalist honors at the Boilermaker Invitational at the Kampen Golf Course in West Lafayette, Ind.
- Carded rounds of 68, 70 and 69 to finish more than five full strokes below the course average of 74.09 for the week, while his opening-round total marked the lowest by a Gopher this year
- Recorded 50 of 54 holes at or below par on the weekend, highlighted by 13 birdies, for his third career individual title
- The Academic All-Big Ten honoree collects his second career Golfer of the Week honor and his first of the season
- Last Minnesota Golfer of the Week honoree: Angus Flanagan (Oct. 2, 2019)
INDIANAPOLIS SOFTBALL: Greyhounds Crash Top 5 in Latest Coaches Poll
LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The UIndy softball team continued its climb up the National Fastpitch Coaches Association Division II Poll, climbing two more spots to No. 5 this week. Riding an impressive 20-game winning streak, the Greyhounds earned their highest ranking in the national poll since May of 2016.
The Hounds represent the lone GLVC school in the poll this week, with Grand Valley State (T-14th) being the only other Midwest Region team in the top 25. Meanwhile, Augustana was the unanimous No. 1, earning 1all 16 first-place votes.
NFCA DII TOP 25 COACHES POLL
|RK||TEAM (1st-place votes)||REC*||PTS||PREV|
|1.||Augustana (S.D.) (16)||21-3||400||1|
|12.||West Texas A&M||24-10||204||10|
|14.||Grand Valley State||23-5||177||17|
Others receiving votes: Shepherd (20), Lubbock Christian (14), Western Washington (8), Saint Leo (4), Trevecca Nazarene (4), Biola (1), Georgian Court (1), Kutztown (1).
BALL STATE MEN’S BASKETBALL: Cardinals Basketball Adds Michigan Standout Basheer Jihad
(BALL STATE RELEASE)
MUNCIE – The Ball State men’s basketball program has signed Michigan standout Basheer Jihad during the spring recruiting period. Jihad, a 6-9 forward, will be on Ball State’s active roster for the 2021-22 season.
“We are thrilled to add Basheer to the program. He comes from a great family and is a good student and an incredibly high-character young man,” Ball State head coach James Whitford said.
Whitford described Jihad as a highly-skilled forward who has great length and noted that he’s still just 17 years old. “He can play both at the rim and behind the 3-point arc. His work ethic is outstanding and he is committed to putting in the work that it takes to become great. He has a very bright future ahead of him.”
Jihad, from North Farmington, Michigan, was one of the top prep players in Michigan before his senior season stopped after 11 games. He was an all-conference performer and was a candidate for Michigan’s Mr. Basketball Award after leading North Farmington High School to a top-10 ranking in the state.
As a senior, Jihad averaged 18 points, 10 rebounds and four blocks per game. He averaged 16 points and 10 rebounds per game as a junior in 2019-20. With Jihad as a starter under coach Todd Negoshian, North Famington High School went 23-9 over the past two seasons.
Jihad, whose older brother Yusuf played basketball at Oakland, is the son of Ayesha Sharpe & Garett Jihad. He is one of seven children.
Jihad will join two signees from the early period next year in Peyton Sparks and Jaylin Sellers.
VALPO MEN’S BASKETBALL: Anderson, Taylor to Join Valpo Basketball Program
The Valparaiso University men’s basketball program has announced the additions of Trevor Anderson (Steven Point, Wis. / SPASH [Wisconsin]) and Kevion Taylor (Milwaukee, Wis. / Whitnall [Winona State]), who will join the team as graduate transfers for the 2021-2022 academic and athletic year. Both officially signed with the program on Wednesday, the first day of the spring signing period.
A 6-foot-3 guard, Anderson comes to Valpo after spending the last four years at Wisconsin, where he was part of a team that won the 2019-20 Big Ten regular season championship. He began his collegiate career at Green Bay, where he started the first 20 games of his freshman season in 2016-17. He sat out the 2017-18 campaign before playing three seasons for the Badgers.
“The decision to come to Valpo really came down to Coach Lottich and the relationship that I’ve built with him,” Anderson said. “He seems to have his players’ best interests at heart through and through. Coach Bowen was an important factor as well because when he was at Minnesota Duluth, I had three or four buddies play for him, and he got rave reviews as a coach and as a person. They will have my back for this final year of basketball and in my life moving forward.”
Anderson shot 56.5 percent (13-of-23) from 3-point range during the 2020-21 season and played in 68 games during his three years at Wisconsin despite missing much of the 2018-19 season with an injury. He averaged 9.8 points per game in his one season at Green Bay, when the Phoenix played against Valpo in Horizon League action.
A 6-foot-5 wing, Taylor spent the last four years at Winona State in Winona, Minn. He burst onto the scene as a rookie in 2017-18, earning the Winona State Male Freshman Athlete of the Year award. He went on to earn second-team all-conference in 2018-19 and first-team all-conference in 2019-20 and 2020-21.
“Valpo was very transparent, honest and trustworthy with me through the recruiting process,” Taylor said. “Coach Lottich was with me from the start as soon as I entered the portal. I made it hard on him because I asked a lot of questions about how I would fit, and he didn’t give up on me and was willing to explain his vision in great detail. Joining Valpo’s program will present me with a new challenge. It felt right, and I’m excited to be a part of Valpo Basketball.”
Taylor averaged 20.5 points per game while playing in all 13 games at Winona State in 2020-21 after knocking down 109 3-pointers as a junior, shattering program and conference records. He finished his Winona State career with 1,632 points, cracking the Top 10 in program history. He started 73 of 74 games over his final three seasons.
“Coach Bowen developed a lot of familiarity with Kevion when he coached against him at Duluth,” Lottich said. “We quickly saw that he’s a knock-down shooter and good scorer. As well-scouted as our league is, you need to be able to put the ball in the basket in a variety of ways. We’re excited about what Kevion brings to the table.”
Taylor is wrapping up his undergraduate degree in communication studies and intends to pursue his master’s in sports administration at Valpo. He was high school teammates with Tyler Herro of the NBA’s Miami Heat and the two remain close friends. Taylor talked with Herro about the decision to transfer, and the Heat standout is excited about Taylor making his way to Valpo.
“Shooting the ball from 3 is probably my greatest strength,” Taylor said. “I can score at all three levels if needed. I work hard and strive to be a good defender. I’m an unselfish player with a desire to win. I’ve been waiting for an opportunity like this my whole life. To get the chance to play D1 means a lot to me, and I’m very excited to be a part of Valpo’s program.”
Taylor and Anderson will provide veteran leadership to an incoming class that also includes freshmen Keyondre Young (Del City, Okla. / Del City), Darius DeAveiro (Kanata, Ottawa, Canada / Orangeville Prep), Trey Woodyard (London, Ohio / International Sports Academy) and Cam Palesse (Waukesha, Wis. / Waukesha West).
“Going into the offseason, we knew we would have a lot of good young talent on our team in 2021-22,” Lottich said. “We wanted to add some experience to that group, and we had familiarity with both players. We think both Kevion and Trevor are going to have an immediate impact and play a variety of roles. We’re also thrilled with the maturity level of both young men.”
DAYTON MEN’S BASKETBALL: Men’s Basketball Officially Adds Lynn Greer III, Toumani Camara & Richard Amaefule
DAYTON — University of Dayton men’s basketball coach Anthony Grant has announced that Lynn Greer III, Toumani Camara (Too-MAH-nee Cuh-MARR-ah), and Richard Amaefule (Ah-muh-FOO-lay) have officially joined the Flyer basketball program.
Greer is a 6-foot-3 guard from Philadelphia who is spending a prep year at IMG Academy in Florida. He will be an incoming freshman with four years of eligibility. Camara, a 6-foot-8, forward from Brussels, Belgium, will transfer to UD from the University of Georgia. Camara will have three years of eligibility for the Flyers, due to the NCAA granting all student-athletes an extra year of eligibility in light of Covid. Amaefule, a 6-foot-9 forward from London, England will transfer to UD from East Tennessee State University. He will have four years of eligibility for the Flyers.
“We’re excited to welcome Lynn, Toumani, and Richard to the Flyer Family,” Grant said. “We believe they will be great additions to our team, campus, and community. They each bring different experiences and skill sets to our roster and will enhance our efforts to build upon the winning foundation laid by past championship caliber teams here at UD.”
Lynn Greer III
6-foot-3, 185 pound guard from Philadelphia, Pa.
Lynn Greer III announced his commitment to UD on Feb. 15. A four-year varsity starter at Roman Catholic High School in Philadelphia, he scored 1,392 career points and averaged 18.2 points per game as a senior in 2019-20. After completing his Roman Catholic career as a 17-year-old senior, Greer III is spending a post-graduate year at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla. IMG is currently the No. 5-ranked prep team in the nation.
In high school, Greer III was a three-time First Team All-Philadelphia Catholic league selection. He averaged 9.8 points a game as a freshman, 13.0 as a sophomore, 15.0 as a junior and 18.2 as a senior. He averaged 5.0 assists a game for his career, and quarterbacked two league championship teams and one runner-up.
Greer III is the son of one of Temple’s all-time greats. His dad, Lynn Greer II scored 2,099 points between 1997-2002 and ranks second in Temple history in scoring. Both of his dad and grandad also played in the NBA.
Coach Grant on Lynn Greer III
“Lynn is a dynamic playmaker who possesses size, speed, and skill. He plays with a competitive spirit that brings out the best in himself and his teammates. He has grown up around the game and has a basketball bloodline that is respected and admired among basketball enthusiast throughout the country.”
6-foot-8, 220 pound forward from Brussels, Belgium
Toumani Camara saw action in 57 games in two seasons at Georgia, and started the last 48 games he played in. Last year, Camara averaged 12.8 points and 7.7 rebounds per game in 28.4 minutes of action. An outstanding defensive player, he had 28 of the team’s 64 blocks, 30 steals and 205 deflections. He led the team in rebounds, blocked shots and deflections, and was third for the Bulldogs in the other categories. His eight double-doubles tied for the most in the SEC.
In 2020-21, he nearly doubled his freshman averages of 6.6 points and 4.3 rebounds a game.
Camara represented his home country of Belgium in the FIBA U16 European championships in 2016. He then moved to the United States to attend high school. He was a four-star recruit and team captain for Chaminade-Madonna Prep in Hollywood, Fla., and was named First Team 5A All-Florida State as a senior.
He averaged a double-double as a junior and senior at Chaminade-Madonna. As a senior, he averaged 24.3 points (while shooting 58 percent from the field), 10.4 rebounds, as well as 2.6 assists, 1.8 steals and 1.4 blocks per game for the Lions and led Chaminade-Madonna to a 21-7 record and the “Sweet 16” round of the Florida Class 5A state tournament in 2019. As a junior, he averaged 21.0 points and 12.0 boards per game.
Coach Grant on Toumani Camara
“Having recruited Toumani out of high school, there is a familiarity that we had with each other that allowed us to quickly re-establish that relationship when he became available. Toumani brings size, athleticism, and experience to our frontcourt. He has a versatile skill set, both offensively and defensively that we believe will fit well with our roster and style of play.”
6-foot-9, 230 pound forward from London, England
Richard Amaefule announced that he is transferring to UD from East Tennessee State University on April 12. Originally from London, England, he represented his home country in the 2016 U16 Euro Championship B tournament where he averaged 7.8 points, 8.3 rebounds and 2.3 steals.
He then moved to the United States to further his basketball career. He first attended Blue Ridge High School in St. George, Va., where he averaged 5.0 points and 5.1 rebounds as a freshman. He moved to Texas and sat out his sophomore high school season due to transfer rules. But he caught national attention that year on the AAU circuit with the Texas Titans – a Nike EYBL team – which propelled him into the Rivals150 rankings.
As a junior at Woodrow Wilson High in Dallas, Texas he was named the District 11 5A Newcomer of the Year in what ended up being his only high school season. He missed the summer of 2019 and his entire senior season with injuries. Prior to the injuries, Amaefule was ranked the 18th-best power forward in the country and eighth-best overall recruit in Texas in the class of 2020 via 247Sports.com.
Coming off the injuries, he signed in August of 2020 with ETSU, where he played in 19 of the team’s 25 games. He averaged 1.5 points and 2.4 rebounds in 8.3 minutes a game.
Coach Grant on Richard Amaefule
“Richard is a physical, high energy big that adds size and depth to our frontcourt. The experiences he gained playing college basketball last year should greatly benefit him as he transitions to our culture, system, and style of play. We believe he has a tremendous upside and will thrive in our environment.”
Transfers Camara and Amaefule join a group of highly-touted Flyer freshmen newcomers – 6-foot-3 Lynn Greer III of Philadelphia, 6-foot-8 DaRon Holmes of Goodyear, Ariz., 6-foot Malachi Smith of The Bronx and 6-foot-7 Kaleb Washington of Mableton, Ga.
XAVIER MEN’S BASKETBALL: Travis Steele Is Excited To Welcome Iowa Big Man Jack Nunge To The Xavier Family
CINCINNATI — Xavier University Sedler Family Men’s Head Basketball Coach Travis Steele announced today that he has received a signed athletics aid agreement from Jack Nunge, a 6-11, 245-pound forward, who is transferring to Xavier from the University of Iowa.
“We are thrilled to add Jack Nunge to the Xavier Family,” said Steele. “Jack will provide the physicality and size that we sorely need in the BIG EAST Conference. He has a tremendous skill set that will allow him to play all over the floor. Jack has been a part of a really good University of Iowa team. I love the fact that he comes from a winning program. He is also a terrific young man.”
Nunge, a two-time Academic All-Big Ten selection, averaged 7.1 points, 5.3 rebounds, 1.3 assists, 0.9 blocks and 15.9 minutes a game in 22 games this past season before suffering a knee injury on Feb. 25 at Michigan and missing Iowa’s last seven games. Nunge scored a career-high 18 points twice this past season, including 18 points and six rebounds vs. Ohio State and 18 points, a career-high 11 rebounds and a career-high tying six assists in the win at Michigan State. He also scored a career-high 18 points his freshman season in a game at Ohio State.
Nunge played in all 33 games as a freshman in the 2017-18 season, starting 14 times and ranking fifth on the team in scoring (5.7 ppg.) and second in blocked shots (25). After using a redshirt year in 2018-19, Nunge started the first five games of the 2019-20 season, including his first career double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds in a win over Oral Roberts. He suffered a season-ending ACL-injury vs. Cal Poly in his fifth start and was granted a medical hardship waiver.
Prior to his time at Iowa, Nunge was an Indiana All-Star at Newburgh (Ind.) Castle High School and sparked his team to a berth in the Class 4A Semistate as a senior where it lost to eventual state champion Indianapolis Ben Davis. He averaged 22.8 points, 11.6 rebounds and 3.5 blocks as a senior while being named First Team All-State and All-Metro (Evansville) Player of the Year.
OHIO STATE MEN’S BASKETBALL: OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY SELECTED AS THE BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT (TBT) REGIONAL FOR 2021
COLUMBUS, April 14, 2021 – The Basketball Tournament (TBT), a 64-team, $1 million winner-take-all event televised live on ESPN, today announced that the city of Columbus and Ohio State University will serve as one of the regional sites for the 2021 event. Carmen’s Crew, the Ohio State alumni team and TBT 2019 champion, will serve as a featured team in the 16-team Ohio State Regional taking place at the Covelli Center, July 23-27. Red Scare, the Dayton alumni team and TBT 2020 semifinalist, will also be a featured team in the region.
The Covelli Center was slated to host one of TBT’s regionals in 2020 before the COVID-19 pandemic pushed TBT to create a 24-team “bubble” in Columbus, with all games moved to Nationwide Arena. The successful bubble made TBT the first sporting event in the United States to crown a champion amidst the nationwide lockdown. Among the 24 teams in the bubble were Carmen’s Crew, who fell to House of ‘Paign, the Illinois alumni team, while attempting to defend their TBT 2019 championship.
Early commitments for the Carmen’s Crew 2021 roster include William Buford, David Lighty, Jon Diebler, and Evan Ravenel. Jared Sullinger and Evan Turner will continue to serve as the team’s general manager/head coach and assistant coach, respectively.
“Since 2017, TBT has been a summer staple for myself and my Ohio State teammates,” said Carmen’s Crew’s Diebler. “We look forward to getting back together and playing in this great event each year, and we’ve really enjoyed being able to do it in Columbus the past four years. Playing on Ohio State’s campus in front of fans for the first time since we graduated will make this year’s TBT particularly special, and we can’t wait to compete in front of a hometown crowd once again.”
Commitments for the 2021 Red Scare roster include Devin Oliver, Trey Landers, Ryan Mikesell, Kyle Davis, Darrell Davis and Kendall Pollard.
Alongside Carmen’s Crew and Red Scare, fourteen other teams will compete in the Columbus Regional from July 23-27, with all games shown on ESPN. First-round games at the Covelli Center will be played Friday, July 23 and Saturday, July 24. Carmen’s Crew’s first game will be in the second session of Friday’s games, and Red Scare’s first game will be in the first session of Saturday’s games. Second round games will all be played on Sunday, July 25, and two third round games will be on Tuesday, July 27.
Two teams from Columbus, as well as six other teams from TBT’s three remaining regionals, will advance to Championship Weekend at the University of Dayton Arena in Dayton, Ohio, from July 31-Aug. 3.
“Columbus has been home to TBT for four consecutive years and we’re excited to partner with Ohio State and the Columbus Sports Commission to bring it back for a fifth this summer,” TBT founder and CEO Jon Mugar said. “We love the fans there and watching them support Carmen’s Crew. They have also been awesome supporters of TBT generally, and I wouldn’t be surprised if Columbus has more Elam Ending fans per capita than any city in the world.”
TBT 2021 will once again feature an open-application process, allowing any team or group of players in the world to apply through TheTournament.com May 1 – June 15. The 64-team, single-elimination bracket will be released on June 28. The field is expected to consist of international pros, college alumni teams, ex-NBA players, future NBA players and others. The 63 game event will take place July 16 – August 3.
For the fourth year in a row, TBT games will feature the Elam Ending, the end-of-game format adopted by the NBA All-Star game for the past two years that eliminates the game clock after a certain point and features teams playing to a Target Score.
Regional Host Cities
Wichita, Kan. – headlined by AfterShocks (Wichita State alumni) – July 16-20
Charleston, W.Va. – headlined by Best Virginia (West Virginia alumni) and Herd That (Marshall alumni) – July 17-21
Columbus, Ohio – headlined by Carmen’s Crew (Ohio State alumni) and Red Scare (Dayton alumni) – July 23-27
Peoria, Ill. – headlined by Always a Brave (Bradley Alumni) and House of ‘Paign (Illinois alumni) – July 24-28
Championship Weekend in Dayton
Quarterfinals – Saturday, July 31
Semifinals – Sunday, Aug. 1
$1 Million, Winner-Take-All Championship – Tuesday, Aug. 3
BALL STATE FOOTBALL: Some Things Old, Some Things New as Ball State Opens Spring Practice
MUNCIE, Ind. — In some ways, Tuesday’s first spring practice for the defending MAC Champion Ball State football team felt like old hat. In other ways, it felt completely new.
One the one hand, there were familiar faces everywhere with 16 seniors from last year’s nationally-ranked team returning to take advantage of extended eligibility offered by the NCAA in light of the COVID season. The group that took the field Tuesday looked remarkably like the one that played New Year’s Eve in the Arizona Bowl.
On the other hand, this was the first spring practice session for the program in more than two calendar years. Spring ball in 2020 was wiped out at the beginning of the pandemic, so there was excitement about getting back out there this time around.
But the newest and perhaps most exciting part about Tuesday was the location. Ball State spent the majority of the afternoon in the Scheumann Family Indoor Practice Facility, letting the team get used to the eagerly-awaited new digs.
“It seems like it’s been forever since we’ve been on the practice field,” head coach Mike Neu said. “It’s just exciting. On top of that to be in this, I don’t know how else to describe it besides a state-of-the-art, professional facility … We’re very fortunate to have it. It’s amazing just looking around, and I know our guys are super appreciative.”
Spring practice is beginning a little later this year for various reasons.
For one, coaches wanted to give this veteran team time to recover physically and mentally from a fast but jam-packed 2020 season. The Cardinals played eight games, including some of the most meaningful ones in program history, in a little less than two months. Layer on top of that the regular testing and adjustments to their everyday lives because of the pandemic, and it was an exhilarating but taxing season.
Another factor was the anticipated opening of the indoor facility that was scheduled for April. Delaying spring ball until now would provide opportunities to conduct full, normal practices even on days with inclement weather.
So there the Cardinals were on Tuesday for the first of 15 scheduled practice dates over the next three weeks, leading up to the May 1 Spring Game at Scheumann Stadium.
Most of this group has been there, done that. The Cardinals welcome back 20 starters from a year ago. That group is riddled with All-MAC players like quarterback Drew Plitt, receivers Justin Hall and Yo’Heinz Tyler and lineman Curtis Blackwell on offense. Guys like league defensive player of the year Brandon Martin along with Bryce Cosby, Anthony Ekpe, Christian Albright and Jaylin Thomas on the other side of the ball.
They led Ball State to an historic season last fall with its first MAC Championship since 1996 and its first-ever bowl victory in the Arizona Bowl. The Cardinals won their final seven games — two over ranked opponents — to finish 7-1 and end the year at No. 23 in both the AP and Amway Coaches polls.
But this crew is wise enough to know 2021 is a new year. They aren’t resting on their laurels.
“It’s awesome (to return so many veterans), and what makes it even better is every one of those guys knows we have so much room for improvement,” Neu said. “You have to come out here and focus on the details and the little things. I don’t worry about this group being able to get that done.”
VINCENNES MEN’S BASKETBALL: Trailblazer basketball sets new NJCAA record with ninth straight tournament appearances
VINCENNES, Ind. – It’s become known as ‘The Streak’ around Vincennes this season and with last Sunday’s NJCAA Division I Men’s Basketball tournament selection show, the streak reaches a new milestone.
The Vincennes University men’s basketball team received an At-Large bid to the 2021 NJCAA National Tournament in Hutchinson, Kan., setting a new NJCAA record for most consecutive tournament appearances with nine.
The previous record holder was Moberly Area (MO), then known as just Moberly, set the original record of eight in 1958.
“I’m very proud of this streak because it’s what everybody tries to do, everybody tries to go every year. I don’t know if there is anything much harder than making the tournament. There’s only 24 teams each year that go and it’s the most competitive thing in JuCo athletics in terms of resources put in, emphasis, etc,” VU Hall of Fame head coach Todd Franklin said. “It’s that way across the country so it’s incredibly competitive and to be the only team and the only coaching staff to ever get to nine and quite frankly really nobody had gone past five except for Moberly in the 1950’s, but other than that no one had been beyond five, which tells you how unique this is.”
“I’m very proud of it, in terms of an accomplishment, it’s probably as high an accomplishment as we’ve ever had in all the things we’ve done because shows the consistency of what you’re doing and the high-level of consistency that you’ve been able to put into it and to do something that everybody has been trying to do since the beginning of time and to be the only one to do it is obviously something that we’re proud of.”
“I’m happy for the guys that were a part of this streak. The thing about this is there are so many guys involved, because Darius Carter and DeShawn Delaney are attached with the guys we have now and everybody had to uphold their job in order for that to go. Guys had to do their job, then they depended on others to continue to do theirs. There are a lot of guys attached to this, that this was important to them. Guys called me throughout the year saying ‘Hey, you’ve got to get these guys going. We can’t not do this’. So, to know that we’ve extended it and to extend it beyond the point of where anyone has gone before, we obviously feel a lot of pride about it. It’s something that all the guys involved can feel proud of. It interconnects so many guys, which makes it good.”
“We’ll feel more about it later, I’m not big into individual stuff, we just go about things from one day to the next, which is how you end up going nine years in a row. We just keep working on today and we’ve done that pretty much every day since before this started. But as a coach, you know what this means and to be the only ones to ever do it is pretty special.”
Coach Franklin and Assistant Coach Brian Davis are the only two members of the VU basketball team who have been a part of all nine tournament appearances during the streak.
‘The Streak’ started in 2013, when the Trailblazers made their first trip back to Hutchinson since 2008 and first tournament under head coach Todd Franklin.
Vincennes made it to the Final Four in 2013, getting their first NJCAA Tournament win since 2004 and first Final Four appearance since 1993.
During ‘The Streak’ coach Todd Franklin has led the Blazers to 13 wins at the National Tournament, including four Final Four appearances, including Final Four appearances in each of the last two tournaments to be played and a National Championship in 2019.
“One of the things we talked about with our team Monday and this pre-date’s the streak, it dates to the four trips I made with Southeastern as well, is that, in all the years that we’ve gone out and played, we’ve won a lot. But out of all those games, we’ve only had one lopsided game against us. It’s remarkable because you’re playing the best teams in the country and we’ve literally only had one game where somebody took us out. We lost an Elite Eight game at Southeastern Illinois, we were an overachieving team, a team I loved and they ran into a Salt Lake team that was so big and long and we couldn’t hit shots against them.”
“Every other game has either been a win or very competitive and the teams that beat us either won the tournament or ended up being runner-up and many times we gave them their toughest game. In all the years that we’ve gone out there, only one time did we not win a game and that year we had the ball with a chance to win the game. When you know you’re down to the final 16 or 24 teams, depending on what level you start at and you’re playing the best of the best, to be able to make those statements, when you look back you say ‘we may have done a few things right for that to happen’ because it’s incredibly hard to win a game there. It’s incredibly hard to get there and to win a game is incredibly hard and it’s easy to get beat badly. For us to be able to make the statements we just made and for them to be true, it’s remarkable.”
“It’s something that we take pride in and I think it’s something that the players that have played for us take a great deal of pride in, that we’re always going to be competitive. That’s really all you can do. You go out there and make sure you’re one of the better teams in the country all the time and we’ve had some great runs. We’ve had four Final Fours and we’ve had an Elite Eight where the No. 1 team hit a 35-footer to beat us. So even when we haven’t won it, you’re talking about, especially in the most recent run, you couldn’t be any closer and we haven’t gotten a whole lot of luck over the years.”
“A little bit of luck or losing key guys with injuries late in the year on teams that went to Final Fours. You look back at guys like Rodney Culver, in 2018, if he had been around I think we would have won. Then we lost Lamine Dieng in 2013, so we’ve had a couple years where we weren’t overly lucky in years like that, where you’re as close as you can be and you have to think if those guys were there, that puts us over the hump.”
“I think we’ve earned everything that we’ve got. I think our guys have always represented our team and our school extremely well when we’ve gone over there, so I’m obviously very proud of what we’ve done.”
VU has had many different players contribute to the streak that have gone on to play at four-year colleges and beyond.
In 2013 VU had Darius Carter (Wichita State) and DeShawn Delaney (New Mexico) as well as freshmen like Devin Foster (Penn State) and Willie Wiley (Evansville).
2014, VU added freshmen Mychal Mulder (Kentucky, currently with the Golden State Warriors), Charles Foster (East Carolina) and Everett Clemons (Indiana State).
The 2015 team started out the season 32-0 with new additions A.J. Patty (Murray State) and Makur Puou (New Orleans).
2016 saw the arrival of Chris Darrington (Tennessee/Toledo), Romaro Gill (Seton Hall) and Jeremiah Bell (Milwaukee).
The Trailblazers added Isaiah Tisdale (East Tennessee State) and Rade Kukobat (Eastern Illinois) on a team that finished the season 32-3.
The 2018 Blazers added Lony Francis, Jr. (Arkansas State), George Dixon (Eastern Illinois), Ty Gadsden (UNC-Wilmington) and Keith Clemons (Loyola Chicago).
Finally, the 2019 National Championship team had Kevin Osawe (Western Kentucky), Craig Porter (Wichita State), Kevin Kangu (Oakland) and Colton Sandage (Western Illinois).
“We just try to get good guys. There are some basketball traits that we look for, they’re hard to find but it’s difficult to find the right guys, it’s difficult to put the culture together. Different guys and different personality types have gotten this done over the years, including back to the Southeastern days. It’s hard to compare players, they’re all a little different. You just try to get good guys that can play with the consistency that you value and you just try to figure it out every year of how to put it together and stay within your value structure.”
“We’ve always been a team that tries to defend, rebound, share the ball, play inside-out, those are the basics of who we are and how we get there but every team is different. Every journey is different. This journey is obviously different from the others and the last chapter of this is not written yet. We’ll know after next week what this story really is being told on this team. They’ve got a week here to prepare for a draw that I think gives them a chance to compete, which is all you can ask for. We have a chance is we execute correctly to win and advance and they could change the entire narrative with what they do this week and next week.”
VINCENNES WOMEN’S VOLLEYBALL: Trailblazer sophomores Grimes and Metzger named First-Team All-Region 24
VINCENNES, Ind. – The VUVB sophomore duo of Savannah Grimes and Breanna Metzger were recently received First Team All-Region 24 recognition for their efforts during the 2021 Spring Season.
Grimes served as VU’s setter throughout the 2021 season and came away with a very impressive 753 set assists and surpassed the 1,000 career set assist milestone this season.
Grimes also finished the 2021 Spring season with 271 digs, 39 total blocks, 33 kills and 21 service aces.
Savannah rarely finished a match with less than 20 set assists and three times finished with more than 40 assists.
Grimes set a new career-high this season with 47 set assists in VU’s win over Wabash Valley on Sophomore Recognition Day March 20.
Grimes also held her own on the defensive side of the ball, finishing with more than 10 digs in 13 matches.
Grimes’ best defensive match was against Lake Land March 5, when she finished with 30 digs to go along with 42 set assists for the Trailblazers.
“It means a lot to earn this recognition and honor,” Grimes said. “I felt that I had to really step up this year while being the only setter on the team. I give credit to my teammates for playing different positions to help practices run smoothly.”
“My favorite memory with Vincennes volleyball was forming a closer relationship with Bree Metzger,” Grimes added. “I was not her setter our freshman year, so we were not very close coming into this season. I set her this year and we discovered we worked well together. She became my warm=up partner and we would talk strategy and help each other improve on and off the court.”
As for what advice Savannah would give to the next wave of Trailblazer volleyball players, “Some of the best advice I could give a future VUVB player is to never give up on any play or game. Adopting this mindset is key to winning and becoming a better player. You would be surprised what you can accomplish.”
Breanna Metzger stepped into more of a leadership role in 2021, as the only remaining hitter from an impressive front-line last season, Metzger adapted to her role well and thrived.
Breanna led the Blazers with an average of 3.5 points per set and 2.96 kills per set this season.
Metzger finished the Spring 2021 season with 207 kills, 143 digs and 60 total blocks.
Metzger’s best game this past season was against Lake Land, when she finished with 18 kills. Breanna would follow this match with a run of five double-doubles in a row.
“I am honored to be named First Team All-Region,” Metzger said. “I have worked for more than 10 years to shape my volleyball career with going to practice and keeping up with my studies. I have been disciplined with maintaining a healthy lifestyle as well as continuing a strong work ethic. Being named to First Team is humbling and appreciated.”
“My best memory of being a part of Vincennes University Volleyball was the Iowa Western game last season,” Metzger added. “We showed up and had the most hustle and work ethic that I had ever seen on a team. We left it all on the court that game.”
As for what advice she would give to a future VUVB player, “My advice to anyone wanting to excel on the court and in life is to have an open, growth mindset, great work ethic, integrity and play with all your heart.”
The duo helped the Trailblazers jump out to a 9-4 record in the 2021 season, with a perfect 6-0 start to the Region 24 schedule and help VU receive votes for the NJCAA Division I Volleyball Top-20 rankings.
Region 24 Awards
Player of the Year – Taylor Powell – Kaskaskia
Bailey Below – John A. Logan
Savannah Grimes – Vincennes
Carter Mohesky – Kaskaskia
Caroline Souza – Lake Land
Brooklyn Smith – Kaskaskia
Breanna Metzger – Vincennes
Second Team All-Region
Faith Hoppe – John A. Logan
Malena Bixby – Wabash Valley
Maddie Hout – John A. Logan
Molly Diekemper – Kaskaskia
Jacklyn Simms – Wabash Valley
Valerie Ramos Allende – Wabash Valley
TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY
1876 The Alleghenys bring professional baseball to the city of Allegheny, a municipality that will be annexed into Pittsburgh in 1907, when they defeat the Xanthas at Union Park, 7-3. In February, the team lost its bid to become part of the newly established National League, playing as an independent club before joining the minor-league International Association next season, until 1878 when the circuit disbands.
1909 On Opening Day, 26 year-old Giants starter Red Ames keep the Superbas hitless until one out in the 10th inning when second baseman Whitey Alpermann doubles to left-center. The Polo Grounds contest, which also features Brooklyn’s Kaiser Wilhelm tossing a complete game, goes thirteen frames with the New York right-hander dropping a 3-0 decision to start the season.
1911 At the age of 24, Grover Cleveland Alexander makes his major league debut, losing a 5-4 decision to the Rustlers on an unearned run in the tenth inning at Boston’s South End Grounds. The Phillies rookie, who will become known as ‘Old Pete,’ will go on to post a 28-13 (.683) record, which will include seven shutouts and 31 complete games.
1915 After being called the Naps since 1903, Cleveland’s American League ballclub, plays its first game known as the Indians, a moniker selected from a contest to re-name the team run by a local newspaper. The franchise’s former name, which honored their once-popular player-manager Nap Lajoie, needed to be changed when the 40 year-old second baseman is sold back to A’s, after feuding the team’s current skipper, Joe Birmingham.
1915 In his first start of the season, the Giants’ southpaw Rube Marquand no-hits the Brooklyn Robins, the team that will select him off waivers at the end of August. In his 2-0 Polo Grounds victory, the 28 year-old faces 30 batters, striking out two and walking two in the 85-minute contest.
1921 At Redland Field, Pirates right-hander Chief Yellow Horse makes his major league debut against the Reds. The Pittsburgh hurler, a member of a North American Plains Indian tribe called the Pawnees, is believed by many baseball historians to be the first full-blooded American Indian to play in the big leagues.
1930 On Opening Day, Phillies’ southpaw Les Sweetland throws a three-hitter at Ebbets Field. The 28 year-old southpaw doubles and scores the lone run in the eighth inning of his 1-0 complete-game victory over Brooklyn.
1933 In his major league debut, Tigers rookie Schoolboy Rowe tosses a six-hitter, blanking the White Sox, 3-0. During his 15-year career, also playing with the Dodgers and Phillies, Lynwood will compile a 158-101 record, posting an ERA of 3.87.
1942 At Sportsman’s Park in St. Louis, Hiram ‘Hi’ Bithorn becomes the first Puerto Rican to play major league baseball. The Cubs’ right-hander from Santurce makes a relief appearance, allowing no runs or hits during his two innings of work in Chicago’s 4-2 loss to the Redbirds.
1947 A year before President Truman desegregated the military, Jackie Robinson debuts for the Dodgers, becoming the first black player to participate in a major league game this century. In front of 25,623 Ebbets Field fans, the 28 year-old first baseman is hitless in three at-bats but scores a run in the 5-3 Opening Day victory over the Braves.
1947 In his National League debut, Hank Greenberg has the lone RBI in the Pirates’ 1-0 win when his sixth-inning double off Cubs right-hander Hank Borowy plates Billy Cox from second base in the Forbes Field contest. Pittsburgh bought the slugging first baseman from the Tigers in the off-season for $75,000.
1954 In front of a crowd of 46,354 fans, big league baseball returns to Baltimore after a 51-year absence when the Orioles beat Chicago in the first game played in Memorial Stadium, 3-1. A Baltimore ownership group, which included Clarence Mills, Jim Keelty, Jerry Hoffberger, and Zanvyl Krieger, bought the former St. Louis Browns and brought the franchise to the Charm City.
1957 Before the Senators’ 7-6 loss to Baltimore in 11 innings at Griffith Stadium, President Dwight Eisenhower throws the traditional ceremonial first pitch of the season. The horsehide Ike tosses is billed as the 10th millionth Spalding baseball to be used in a major league game.
1958 On Opening Day, the transplanted New York Giants and Brooklyn Dodgers play the first major league game on the West Coast. The California contest sees Ruben Gomez blanking Los Angeles and Don Drysdale at San Francisco’s Seals Stadium, 8-0.
1959 Cardinal right-hander Bob Gibson makes his major league debut at LA Memorial Coliseum, tossing the final two innings in a 5-0 loss to the Dodgers. The 23 year-old rookie becomes the first future Hall of Fame hurler to give up a home run to the first batter he faces in the major leagues when third baseman Jim Baxes takes him deep in the seventh inning.
1967 At the age of 18, Gary Nolan makes his major league debut, striking out the side in the first frame en route to his first career victory when the Reds beat Houston at Crosley Field, 7-3. The hard-throwing teenager, who will give up six hits and three runs in 6.1 innings in his first outing, will be the runner-up to Tom Seaver and Dick Hughes for the Rookie of the Year honors this season.
1968 The Astros defeat the Mets in 24 innings, 1-0, making it the longest scoreless game in major league history. The six-hour and six-minute contest, in which each team had 79 at-bats and 11 hits, ends when Bob Aspromonte’s grounder goes through the legs of shortstop Al Weis, scoring Norm Miller from third base with one out.
1972 On Opening Day in Oakland, A’s outfielder Reggie Jackson becomes the first player in fifty-eight years to wear a mustache during the regular season. The last time facial hair appeared in a major league game was in 1914 when Wally Schang had hair above his lip catching for Philadelphia Athletics.
1976 In the debut of the ‘new’ Yankee Stadium, 52,613 fans watch the Bronx Bombers shell Minnesota on Opening Day, 11-4. Bob Shawkey, the winner of the 1923 Stadium opener, throws out the ceremonial first pitch in the ballpark that has been completely rebuilt from top to bottom, with the replacement of the fences, the seats, the roof, and the original grandstand.
1983 With two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning, Jerry Hairston’s clean pinch-hit single to center field spoils Milt Wilcox’s bid for a perfect game. The 32 year-old Tigers right-hander retires the next batter, settling for a one-hit 6-0 victory over the White Sox at Comiskey Park.
1987 🇵🇷 Juan Nieves becomes the first Brewer to toss a no-hitter when he walks five batters and strikes out seven en route to a 7-0 victory over the Orioles at Memorial Stadium. The 22 year-old Santurce native’s no-no makes him the first Puerto Rican and second-youngest major leaguer to accomplish the feat.
1990 ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball makes its debut, with Jon Miller and Joe Morgan behind the microphones, a broadcasting team that will remain in the booth for the next 21 seasons. The early stages of the sports network’s coverage on Sundays evenings call for every ballpark to host a game, assuring each team at least one appearance on national television throughout the season.
1994 With only 115 fans in attendance on a cold and rainy night at Pohlman Field, Kelly Wunsch becomes the third player and first starting pitcher to strike out five batters in one inning in professional baseball. The Beloit Brewer hurler, who was drafted by Milwaukee in the first round (26th pick overall) of the 1993 amateur draft, makes this possible when two of those victims reached first base on wild pitches during a 7-3 loss to Springfield (IL) of the Midwest League.
1997 With President Clinton and Rachel Robinson in attendance at the Shea Stadium ceremony, Commissioner Bud Selig announces Jackie Robinson’s No. 42 will be retired throughout Major League Baseball, an unprecedented tribute to the player who broke the color barrier fifty years ago on this date. There are presently 13 active players still wearing the number who will be allowed to keep it including Mariano Rivera, who in 2013 will become the last player to don the digits.
2000 Orioles infielder Cal Ripken, in the 2,800th game of his career, lines a base hit to center off the Twins’ Hector Carrasco, becoming the 24th player to reach the 3000th hit milestone. The single also makes the ‘Iron Man’ only the seventh player to get 3,000 hits and 400 home runs in major league history.
2001 A swarm of bees nesting in the Coors Field’s right-field auxiliary scoreboard makes their presence known when Todd Hollandsworth steps into the batter’s box to start the bottom of the fourth frame. After a nine-minute delay, the game continues without incident to the players, fans, or the bees, with the Rockies’ outfielder gets the crowd buzzing by hitting three home runs following the stoppage of play, including a three-run walk-off round-tripper in the tenth inning of Colorado’s 10-7 victory over Arizona.
2004 Major league baseball begins the tradition of Jackie Robinson Day, an annual celebration commemorating the day in 1947 when the Dodger infielder broke the color line. Ceremonies at big league venues take place across the country to honor the ground-breaking historical event, including baseball commissioner Bud Selig and Jackie’s widow Rachel Robinson attending the festivities at Shea Stadium.
2005 Right-hander Ben Sheets, who agreed to a one-year deal worth $6 million during the offseason to avoid salary arbitration, signs a $38.5 million, four-year contract to stay with Milwaukee. The deal is the richest in the history of the Brewers.
2005 The Dodgers, to commemorate the 58th anniversary of Jackie Robinson’s first game in the big leagues, wear replicas of the old road uniforms worn by the 1947 team, which played in Brooklyn. Right-hander Derek Lowe throws a three-hitter, blanking the Padres in San Diego, 4-0.
2005 In the first major league game played in Washington, D.C., since September 30, 1971, the Nationals beat Arizona at RFK Stadium, 5-3. President George W. Bush throws out the ceremonial first pitch after receiving the ball from Joe Grzenda, the former Washington reliever who threw the final pitch in before the new Senators moved to Texas.
2005 A Fenway fan is ejected from the game after taking what appeared to be a swipe at Gary Sheffield as the Yankee outfielder fields a ball hit by Jason Varitek. The right fielder’s response, which includes shoving the fan, making a fist, and exchanging words, will be investigated by major league baseball.
2007 In honor of the 60th anniversary of Jackie Robinson’s debut, Ken Griffey, Jr. wears the Dodger Hall of Fame infielder’s retired uniform #42, after getting permission from Rachel Robinson and Commissioner Bud Selig, who gives all major leaguers the option to wear the number individually. In 2009, all uniformed personnel will start wearing #42 every year on April 15th, the date designated annually as Jackie Robinson Day.
2007 The Indians became the first team in almost 55 years to notch a victory with their only hit coming in the team’s first at-bat when Grady Sizemore doubles leading off the first inning in Tribe’s eventual 2-1 win over Chicago at Jacobs Field. The last time the Tribe won while getting just one hit or less was in 1992, a 2-1 victory over Boston with the team being no-hit by Matt Young.
2007 To honor Jackie Robinson, major-league players, including Yankee shortstop Derek Jeter and Braves’ outfielder Andruw Jones, wear the Dodger immortal’s uniform No. 42 on the 60th anniversary of his historic breaking the color barrier in baseball. In the Cardinals and Brewers contest at Busch Stadium, every player and coach on both teams dons Jackie’s revered number.
2009 Texas infielder Ian Kinsler, having already collected a single, double, and home run, admits he was trying for a triple when he batted in the sixth inning of the 19-6 rout of Baltimore. The Rangers second baseman gets his three-bagger en route to a 6-for-6 cycle performance.
2010 Jorge Cantu establishes a major league record when he gets at least one hit and drives in one or more runs during the first ten games of the season. The Marlins’ infielder start also proves to be the longest streak at any point of the campaign.
2011 The Rangers tie an American League mark shared with 15 teams by turning six double plays in a nine-inning game, including a record-tying five DPs by Elvis Andrus for the most by a shortstop, in the team’s 5-3 victory at Yankee Stadium. The first six batters in the Bronx Bombers’ lineup, Alex Rodriguez, Mark Teixeira, Robinson Cano, Derek Jeter, Andruw Jones, and Nick Swisher, bounce into Texas twin killings.
2011 With a 7-6 defeat to Toronto at Fenway Park, the Red Sox lose their tenth game of the new campaign, making their 2-10 record the worst start in franchise history. Boston, despite its record-setting first dozen contests, will still be in contention for a playoff spot until the last day of the season.
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|Colorado||3||9||.250||7||3 – 4||0 – 5||0 – 0||0 – 0||3 – 9||2 – 8||L 5|
|W||L||Pct||Conf GB||Home||Road||Div||Conf||Last 10||Streak|
|1 Philadelphia||38||17||.691||—||21-5||17-12||10-2||25-7||6-4||3 W|
|2 Brooklyn||37||18||.673||1.0||22-7||15-11||6-3||19-12||7-3||1 L|
|3 Milwaukee||34||20||.630||3.5||18-8||16-12||9-0||19-10||5-5||2 W|
|4 Atlanta||30||25||.545||8.0||14-10||16-15||4-3||16-12||7-3||3 W|
|5 Boston||29||26||.527||9.0||17-10||12-16||4-6||18-14||7-3||4 W|
|6 New York||29||27||.518||9.5||17-10||12-17||2-8||19-17||5-5||4 W|
|7 Miami||28||27||.509||10.0||15-13||13-14||5-5||16-15||6-4||2 L|
|8 Charlotte||27||27||.500||10.5||13-12||14-15||7-2||15-13||4-6||3 L|
|9 Indiana||26||28||.481||11.5||9-16||17-12||5-4||14-17||5-5||1 W|
|10 Chicago||22||32||.407||15.5||10-17||12-15||4-3||12-13||3-7||4 L|
|11 Toronto||22||34||.393||16.5||12-15||10-19||3-6||14-20||4-6||1 W|
|12 Washington||21||33||.389||16.5||10-16||11-17||2-7||8-23||5-5||2 W|
|13 Cleveland||20||34||.370||17.5||11-15||9-19||3-5||14-15||3-7||1 W|
|14 Orlando||18||37||.327||20.0||10-19||8-18||4-5||11-20||3-7||1 W|
|15 Detroit||16||39||.291||22.0||9-16||7-23||0-9||10-22||4-6||3 L|
|W||L||Pct||Conf GB||Home||Road||Div||Conf||Last 10||Streak|
|1 Utah||41||14||.745||—||25-3||16-11||5-2||19-8||7-3||1 W|
|2 Phoenix||39||15||.722||1.5||22-8||17-7||5-3||23-9||9-1||3 W|
|3 LA Clippers||39||18||.684||3.0||22-8||17-10||8-2||22-10||8-2||7 W|
|4 Denver||35||20||.636||6.0||19-10||16-10||7-1||18-12||8-2||1 W|
|5 LA Lakers||34||21||.618||7.0||16-11||18-10||3-6||20-11||6-4||1 W|
|6 Portland||31||23||.574||9.5||16-12||15-11||4-5||16-14||5-5||2 L|
|7 Dallas||30||24||.556||10.5||13-12||17-12||6-4||17-16||7-3||1 W|
|8 Memphis||27||26||.509||13.0||13-16||14-10||4-6||12-18||6-4||1 L|
|9 Golden State||27||28||.491||14.0||17-10||10-18||3-7||15-14||5-5||3 W|
|10 San Antonio||26||27||.491||14.0||12-17||14-10||5-6||14-19||3-7||1 L|
|11 New Orleans||25||30||.455||16.0||16-14||9-16||6-3||14-17||5-5||1 L|
|12 Sacramento||22||33||.400||19.0||12-16||10-17||4-5||10-16||2-8||8 L|
|13 Oklahoma City||20||35||.364||21.0||9-20||11-15||3-8||11-22||1-9||8 L|
|14 Houston||14||41||.255||27.0||7-20||7-21||5-7||10-22||1-9||4 L|
|15 Minnesota||14||42||.250||27.5||9-19||5-23||3-6||9-22||3-7||2 L|
|New York Islanders||42||27||11||4||58||23||125||98||18-2-2||9-9-2||7-3-0|
|New York Rangers||42||20||16||6||46||19||136||112||9-7-3||11-9-3||5-3-2|
|New Jersey Devils||41||14||21||6||34||14||103||135||4-16-3||10-5-3||2-6-2|
|Vegas Golden Knights||42||29||11||2||60||29||138||96||16-4-2||13-7-0||6-3-1|
|St. Louis Blues||42||19||17||6||44||17||122||132||7-10-4||12-7-2||3-6-1|
|San Jose Sharks||42||18||20||4||40||13||114||141||8-10-2||10-10-2||5-5-0|
|Los Angeles Kings||42||16||20||6||38||15||114||127||7-9-4||9-11-2||3-7-0|
|Toronto Maple Leafs||43||28||11||4||60||27||143||112||14-6-3||14-5-1||7-1-2|
|Tampa Bay Lightning||42||28||12||2||58||27||143||108||15-4-0||13-8-2||4-6-0|
|Columbus Blue Jackets||44||15||20||9||39||13||112||145||8-8-7||7-12-2||2-7-1|
|Detroit Red Wings||44||15||23||6||36||14||99||140||9-9-4||6-14-2||5-3-2|