HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL-NCC/AREA
Centerville 21 Rushville 1
Connersville 12 Union County 1…PATRIOTS only 2 hits
HIGH SCHOOL SOFTBALL-NCC/AREA
Franklin County 9 Jac-Cen-Del 0
Shelbyville 13 Connersville 7
HIGH SCHOOL GIRLS TENNIS
Connersville 4 Centerville 1
HIGH SCHOOL GOLF
Hagerstown 206 Centerville 220
MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL
Pittsburgh at Detroit postponed
LA Dodgers 1 Seattle 0
NY Yankees 3 Atlanta 1
Baltimore 7 Miami 5
Colorado 6 Houston 2
Chicago White Sox 8 Cleveland 5
Oakland 7 Minnesota 0
Boston 4 Toronto 2
Tampa Bay 14 Kansas City 7
LA Angels 6 Texas 2
Oakland 1 Minnesota 0
Arizona 5 Cincinnati 4 suspended
Washington 3 St. Louis 2
San Francisco 10 Philadelphia 7
Chicago Cubs 3 NY Mets 1
Milwaukee 6 San Diego 0
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Atlanta 112 Orlando 96
Brooklyn 134 New Orleans 129
New York 109 Charlotte 97
LA Clippers 113 Portland 112
Minnesota 134 Sacramento 120
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Boston 2 Buffalo 0
NY Islanders 6 NY Rangers 1
Carolina 4 Tampa Bay 1
Florida 5 Columbus 1
Pittsburgh 7 New Jersey 6
Dallas 5 Detroit 2
Ottawa at Calgary postponed
Montréal at Edmonton postponed
Colorado at St. Louis postponed
Vancouver 6 Toronto 3
Los Angeles 4 Anaheim 1
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Urías dominates as Dodgers pull out 1-0 win over Mariners
SEATTLE (AP) Julio Urias threw seven dominant innings of one-hit ball, striking out a career-high 11 and leading the Los Angeles Dodgers to a 1-0 win over the Seattle Mariners on Tuesday.
The matchup between early-season division leaders out West was an entertaining pitchers’ duel with Urias getting the better of Seattle’s Marco Gonzales. Corey Seager drove in the only run with a two-out single in the third inning after AJ Pollock’s leadoff double. Those were the Dodgers’ only hits in the game.
Seattle’s Chris Taylor was thrown out at home as a potential insurance run in the ninth inning. Taylor went on contact from Justin Turner and was easily thrown out by third baseman Kyle Seager.
Urias (3-0) was outstanding, painting edges with a fastball in the mid-90s that kept Seattle’s hitters guessing. Seattle’s lone hit was Mitch Haniger’s slow infield single with two outs in the third inning.
Urias allowed two baserunners and neither reached second base. He had 10 strikeouts through five innings and seven of the nine batters in Seattle’s lineup struck out at least once against him.
It appeared Urias was in line for one more inning at just 88 pitches – 68 for strikes – but manager Dave Roberts went to Victor Gonzalez in the eighth. Kenley Jansen pitched a perfect ninth for his fourth save to complete the one-hittter.
The Mariners needed a good start from Gonzales (1-2) after burning through their bullpen in recent days. Seattle’s ace started the season with two poor outings, but seemed to rediscover a working formula last week against Baltimore.
Gonzales allowed two hits and struck out six. He retired the final 13 batters he faced following Seager’s RBI single in the third inning.
Arrieta pitches Cubs to 3-1 win over Mets on cool night
CHICAGO (AP) Jake Arrieta pitched five effective innings, Craig Kimbrel escaped a jam in the ninth and the Chicago Cubs beat the New York Mets 3-1 on Tuesday.
Arrieta allowed one run and three hits, struck out four and walked three. Wearing short sleeves on a cool, clear night – the game-time temperature was 36 degrees – Arrieta (3-1) also contributed to two runs at the plate.
Eric Sogard had two hits, scored twice and drove in a run to help Chicago rebound from Sunday’s 13-4 loss to Atlanta. Sogard was inserted into the lineup when David Bote was scratched with an upset stomach.
Hampered by early offensive trouble, the Cubs have won just three of their last nine games.
J.D. Davis homered for New York, but also committed two throwing errors at third base – including one that brought home Chicago’s first run. The Mets had won five of six.
Taijuan Walker (0-1) matched his career high with six walks in 3 2/3 innings, then was ejected by John Libka when he expressed frustration with the umpire’s strike zone on his way out of the game. Walker was charged with two earned runs and two hits.
Second-year Mets manager Luis Rojas also was thrown out by Libka after Michael Conforto struck out looking in the sixth. It was the first career ejection for Rojas.
After Arrieta departed, Rex Brothers, Brandon Workman and Andrew Chafin combined for three innings before Kimbrel worked a shaky ninth for his fourth save.
With one out and the bases loaded, Kimbrel struck out Brandon Nimmo and retired Francisco Lindor on a bouncer to first.
Sogard used his legs to get Chicago on the board in the third. He reached on a leadoff walk and advanced on Arrieta’s sacrifice on an 0-2 pitch from Walker.
Willson Contreras hit a two-out grounder to Davis at third, and he skipped his throw across the diamond. Sogard kept running and scored without a throw when the ball got away from first baseman Pete Alonso.
The Cubs tacked on two more after Walker retired the first two batters in the fourth. Jason Heyward singled, swiped second and scored on Sogard’s liner to center. Three consecutive walks, including one to Arrieta, produced another run and chased Walker.
The Mets challenged Heyward’s first steal of the season, but the close call was upheld.
Luzardo follows Manaea’s stellar start, A’s beat Twins twice
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) The Oakland Athletics are surging after struggling mightily at the start. The Minnesota Twins are reeling yet celebrating finally getting back on the diamond.
Matt Olson hit a grand slam, Mitch Moreland homered twice to back Sean Manaea’s shutout, and Jesus Luzardo followed with his own Game 2 gem as Oakland swept a doubleheader against the depleted Twins, 7-0 and 1-0 on Tuesday to run their winning streak to 10 games.
“We’re on a wave,” Luzardo said, quoting the A’s latest winning catchphrase, “and we’re just riding it.”
The nightcap featured a delay of nearly 25 minutes because of a light bank in left field that lost power. Luzardo stayed loose under the (limited) lights and the ballpark DJ played Simon & Garfunkel’s “Sound of Silence” and Journey’s “When the Lights Go Down in the City.” Only part of the light bank eventually came back on.
“We got out of our way to not look at things like that, because we’ve got to look at what we need to do to win,” Twins manager Rocco Baldelli said of the lights.
The left-handed Luzardo allowed two hits over 5 1/3 innings, struck out six and walked one.
Lou Trivino retired former A’s star Josh Donaldson on a called third strike to end the sixth with the tying run on third following a wild pitch. Jake Diekman finished for his first save with two runners on, getting a great catch from Mark Canha at the warning track in left to finish it on a deep fly by Willians Astudillo.
“I’m just glad it wasn’t too dark for Mark to catch that ball right there,” A’s manager Bob Melvin said.
Although both games were only seven innings, the A’s earned shutouts in both ends of a doubleheader for the first time since Vida Blue and Catfish Hunter did so facing the Royals on Sept. 9, 1974. The Dodgers were the last to accomplish it in the majors, on Aug. 27 last year against the Giants.
In the opener, Moreland connected for a two-run homer in the second inning and a solo drive in the fourth off Matt Shoemaker (1-1).
Manaea (2-1) allowed six hits, struck out seven and walked one over seven innings, throwing 95 pitches for his second career complete game and shutout – the lefty no-hit the Red Sox at home on April 21, 2018.
This outing was right up there with his best, and Manaea has become more comfortable with his distinct pitching style.
“As much as I want to be a guy throwing 100, that’s not me,” Manaea said. “I got to utilize what I have and what I bring to the table. That’s kind of freeing in a way, just accepting who I am as a pitcher. Just utilizing what I have, and what I have is pretty good.”
Luzardo (1-1) – the eighth lefty starter Minnesota has faced in 11 games – brilliantly followed Manaea, and the A’s got Seth Brown’s RBI single in the fourth off right-hander Jose Berrios (2-2).
“To be honest we don’t want to be in the position we are right now but tomorrow’s another day, we have another chance to play like a team,” Berrios said.
In Game 1, Olson made it 7-0 with his fourth-inning slam through a blustery wind.
Rodón beats Indians after no-no, Abreu hits 2 homers for Sox
CLEVELAND (AP) Carlos Rodon was far from perfect, and that was perfectly fine with him.
Rodon followed up his no-hitter – and near perfect game – last week against Cleveland by hanging on for five innings and Jose Abreu homered twice, leading the Chicago White Sox to an 8-5 victory on Tuesday night.
Rodon (3-0), pitching in short sleeves despite temperatures dropping into the 30s and snow on the way, worked around five walks, giving up a homer and throwing 110 pitches – four fewer than in his gem on April 14.
“Definitely a grind,” Rodon said. “They made it hard. I was just trying to eat as many innings as I could. You could tell they were battling on every pitch.”
The left-hander gave up two runs and three hits. Rodon joined Eddie Cicotte (1917) as the only pitchers in club history to face the same team in his next start after throwing a no-hitter. He was the first to do it since the Angels’ Jered Weaver in 2012.
Abreu hit solo homers in the fourth (a 458-footer) and seventh innings. Manager Tony La Russa said he might keep “the big fella” in the DH slot on Tuesday.
“I’m superstitious and I want to DH him,” La Russa said. “We’ll see what he says.”
Tim Anderson connected for a two-run homer off Zach Plesac (1-3) and Yasmani Grandal’s two-run shot in the seventh put the White Sox ahead 7-2.
Jordan Luplow homered for the Indians, who scored twice in the ninth and stranded 13. Luplow also set an early tone against Rodon by drawing a nine-pitch walk to start the game.
The Indians made Rodon work harder, but still didn’t do enough to beat him.
They had him in trouble in the fourth, loading the bases with none out on an error, catcher’s interference and walk.
Rodon struck out two, and could have been in bigger trouble when Cesar Hernandez ripped an RBI single. But Josh Naylor, who was on second, got thrown out at the plate when he ran through third-base coach Mike Sarbaugh’s stop sign.
“We had some big spots,” Luplow said. “We need to pick each other up. But we battled. We drew walks when we could. It was tough conditions. I think we’re on the brink. I think we’re close. Hopefully the flood gates open here soon.”
Yanks stop 5-game skid, beat Braves 3-1 on wild pitch, walk
NEW YORK (AP) The Yankees ended their skid not with an offensive breakout but with key runs that involved no contact.
Atlanta Braves reliever Nate Jones threw a tiebreaking wild pitch with slumping Clint Frazier at the plate in the eighth inning and forced in a run with a four-pitch walk to Mike Ford, giving the Yankees an unusual 3-1 victory Tuesday night that stopped a five-game losing streak.
“We got kicked in the mouth a little bit last week. I think it was kind of an eye-opener for us,” said left-hander Justin Wilson, who stranded the bases loaded in the seventh by getting NL MVP Freddie Freeman to ground into an inning-ending forceout. “But we’ve got a bunch of grinders. We’ve got guys that want to win like I’ve never been on a team that wants to win so bad.”
Gio Urshela hit a tying home run in the fifth inning off Charlie Morton and the Yankees won with five hits, which left their four-game total at 16. New York went 2 for 8 with runners in scoring position, but the last-place Yankees improved to 6-10 and avoided what would have been their worst start since 1972.
“It’s definitely nice after the week we’ve had. I think guys do exhale a little bit,” manager Aaron Boone said. “But the resolve in that room and the confidence in that room, even though we’ve taken it on the chin here a little bit, hasn’t changed. These guys know they’re going to be a beast and they’re going to be a problem and we’re going to get there and hopefully sooner rather than later.”
Consecutive third-inning doubles by Guillermo Heredia and Ehire Adrianza put the Braves ahead against Jameson Taillon, making his third start since Tommy John surgery in August 2019. Taillon lowered his ERA from 7.56 to 5.40, allowing one run and four hits in five innings with five strikeouts and a walk.
“I want to be the guy who’s going to help us get back in the win column. So going out there, I kind of had that attitude,” Taillon said. “That kind of just put a little fire under me to try to go out there with some energy tonight.”
Morton allowed one run and three hits in six inning s, giving up a tying 437-foot home run to Urshela in the fifth that landed on the netting above Monument Park in center.
Twins right fielder Max Kepler sidelined by the coronavirus
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Minnesota Twins right fielder Max Kepler is among the club’s positive cases for the coronavirus.
Manager Rocco Baldelli announced Kepler’s absence with COVID-19 ahead of a doubleheader Tuesday against the Athletics. The scheduled opener of the series Monday was postponed, as were the Twins’ final two games against the Angels in Anaheim over the weekend, because of the outbreak on the team.
Left-hander Caleb Thielbar is also in quarantine because of contact tracing. Baldelli said Thielbar spent a significant amount of time around one of the positive players, but he expects the reliever may not miss as much time and “his specifics are a little bit different than the other guys.”
Everyone who has tested positive is experiencing only mild symptoms, according to Baldelli.
“All of them are quarantined in Anaheim at the hotel still and we’ll be keeping close contact with them and giving them everything they need,” Baldelli said.
The Twins have had at least four positive coronavirus tests in the past week. Kyle Garlick, another unnamed Twins player – presumably Kepler – and a team staff member tested positive in the two days before the postponements against the Angels, Baldelli had said. Shortstop Andrelton Simmons already hadn’t made the trip to Anaheim after testing positive early in the week.
Minnesota, which also spent pregame time Tuesday closely monitoring the Derek Chauvin verdict back home in the case of George Floyd’s killing last year, was eager to get back to playing baseball.
“We want to get out there and be safe and we want to get out there and play baseball,” Baldelli said.
Baldelli called this “one of the most emotional periods of time that I’ve spent in the game, and I mean that in a pretty broad-spanning way.”
During this trying stretch, the Twins also dealt with the death of bench coach Mike Bell last month.
“We’ve had some things going on, obviously all the COVID-related things going on, we’re right in the middle of our season, we’re traveling across the country,” Baldelli said. “All of those things. But frankly, you can brush some of those things aside and just say we’re going to be watching and we’re going to be paying attention and thinking about the community back home and everything that’s been going on, not just recently, but over the last year.
“We’ll be dialed in. And I think I can say that our group cares about what’s going on and will be observers at this point and trying to see what comes next and maybe how it affects us or how we can affect it.”
Nationals put Juan Soto on IL with strained left shoulder
WASHINGTON (AP) Washington Nationals right fielder Juan Soto went on the 10-day injured list with a strained left shoulder on Tuesday, the latest setback for the 2019 World Series champions.
Soto, the reigning NL batting champion, originally was listed in Washington’s starting lineup facing the St. Louis Cardinals on Tuesday night.
But less than an hour before the game’s scheduled first pitch, the Nationals tweeted the move. The club also said that outfielder Yadiel Hernandez was being recalled from its alternate training site.
Soto is batting .300 with two homers and eight RBIs this season.
Andrew Stevenson took Soto’s spot in right field Tuesday.
The Nationals began the day in last place in the NL East with a 5-9 record, thanks in large part to problems with their starting rotation.
Stephen Strasburg is on the IL with right shoulder inflammation, Jon Lester began the season on the COVID-19 injured list and has yet to make his Nationals debut, and Max Scherzer is 0-1 heading into his scheduled start Wednesday.
Neil Walker retires at 35 after 12 major league seasons
Infielder Neil Walker announced his retirement Tuesday at age 35 after 12 major league seasons.
Walker hit .231 with no homers and three RBIs in 18 games with Philadelphia this year.
“Officially retired,” he wrote on Twitter. “Thank you to everyone that helped me in my journey to live out my childhood dream of being a major leaguer. I loved & cherished every day.”
Walker hit .267 with 149 homers and 60 RBIs for Pittsburgh, the New York Mets, Milwaukee, Philadelphia, Miami and the New York Yankees.
Primarily a second baseman but also an occasional first baseman and third baseman, he had 12 homers and a career-best 83 RBIs for the Pirates in 2011, and reached his career high of 23 homers in both 2014 and 2016.
Nets: Harden out indefinitely after hamstring setback
NEW ORLEANS (AP) James Harden has had a setback with his hamstring injury and will be sidelined “indefinitely,” the club announced on Tuesday evening.
“Back to square one,” Nets coach Steve Nash. “We’ll rehabilitate him and get him back whenever we can. Who knows when that’ll be, but we’ll support James and we’ll support our performance team in getting him back in his best condition as possible, and hopefully that comes sooner than later. But there’s no guarantee. So, we just keep chipping away. We keep moving forward and we hope for a speedy recovery.”
Harden, who was acquired by Brooklyn in January in a trade with Houston, is averaging 25.2 points 10.9 assists and eight rebounds per game. He has not played since April 5 and was ruled out for a seventh straight game on Tuesday night in New Orleans.
Nash said he was at the workout when Harden sensed trouble.
“He just felt it. He didn’t fall or stumble or anything out of the ordinary,” Nash said. “He just felt something maybe in the ballpark of a strain, just a setback.
“Not much more to it other than just disappointment and we have to rebuild and get him going again,” Nash added. “He’ll be back when he’s back. That might not be until the playoffs. It might be sooner. I don’t know, and we have no control over that, other than working as hard as we can to support him and get him back to full health.”
Knicks beat Hornets 109-97, run winning streak to 7 games
NEW YORK (AP) RJ Barrett scored 18 of his 24 points in the third quarter and the New York Knicks beat the Charlotte Hornets 109-97 on Tuesday night for their seventh straight victory.
Barrett’s offense and the Knicks’ defense changed the game after the Hornets scored 66 points in the first half. New York held Charlotte to just 31 after halftime.
Derrick Rose and Immanuel Quickley each scored 17 points off the bench for the Knicks, who moved into fifth place in the Eastern Conference. They bring their longest winning streak since winning eight straight in March 2014 into Wednesday’s game against fourth-place Atlanta.
Coach Tom Thibodeau warned that his team can’t afford to lose its focus.
“The important thing for us is not to get lost. You start looking into the playoffs (and) win streaks, you lose focus on getting ready for Atlanta,” Thibodeau said. “That’s where our focus has to be. We just go day-by-day, step-by-step, and if we’re taking care of all the things we need to take care of, then all of the other stuff will take care of itself. And it’s easy to get knocked off course. You can’t do that.”
Julius Randle and Reggie Bullock each had 16 points.
P.J. Washington scored 26 points and Terry Rozier had 21 for the Hornets, who have lost five of six.
Charlotte shook off a slow first quarter and took a 66-60 advantage at halftime, led by 24 points from Washington.
After shooting 26 for 46 from the field and 13 for 19 behind the 3-point line in the first half, the Hornets struggled in the second half, making 13 of 40 shots from the field and connecting on just 3 of their 20 3-point attempts.
Charlotte took only eight free throws attempts the entire game, making three.
“The goal is to get to the rim, to create offense for us downhill and our guys drove it tonight,” Hornets coach James Borrego said. “Why we didn’t get the free throw calls? I don’t know.”
New York, which had lost five straight games to the Hornets, opened the third quarter with a six straight points to tie it on a dunk by Nerlens Noel.
After Jalen McDaniels tied it at 69, New York went on an 19-8 run, capped by five straight points from Barrett to make it 88-77 with 2:36 left in the quarter.
A 7-0 run highlighted by Bullock’s 3-pointer increased New York’s lead to 102-90 with 6:40 left in the fourth quarter. Charlotte answered with five straight points to cut the lead to 102-95.
The Knicks then put the game out of reach with 3-pointer from Bullock and a jumper from Rose with 2:28 left in regulation.
New York pulled within a half-game of the Hawks.
“We just got to take it day-by-day, not to think ahead,” Rose said. “Of course you want the first spot, but we got to take it every day, every practice, every shootaround.’
Analysis: The play-in is coming, and it’s giving teams hope
If this season was like most others, Washington, Chicago and Toronto would be pretty much out of the race by now.
The Wizards were 17-32 not that long ago and have not spent one single day over .500 in the last three seasons. The Bulls just had a stretch where they lost 11 out of 14 games. The Raptors started 2-8 and recently had a nine-game losing streak, their worst run in a decade.
And yet, they’re all absolutely in the postseason mix.
The NBA’s play-in tournament is coming, meaning the races toward the bottom of the Eastern and Western Conferences over the final four weeks might be just as compelling as the ones at the tops of the standings down the stretch.
Adding four more teams to the postseason equation, as one would expect, opens the have-a-chance floodgates considerably. Again, in normal times, there would be nine teams right now with a realistic chance at securing one of the eight playoff spots in the East, and 10 teams for the eight slots out West. With the play-in, as many as a half-dozen more teams can still say they’ve got a shot.
Some people love the idea.
“We’re trying to get in,” New Orleans coach Stan Van Gundy said.
“I don’t see the point,” Dallas’ Luka Doncic said last week.
But if the Mavericks are one of the play-in teams — a very real possibility — then Doncic would need to see the point right away. Whether someone likes the idea or not, the notion of needing to go through the play-in round to make the playoffs certainly beats the alternative of not making the playoffs at all.
The premise couldn’t be simpler. The top six teams in each conference are assured spots in the playoffs — and their biggest reward might be that they’ll all get at least five days to rest before having to play Game 1 of Round 1, which will be a most welcome break after this jampacked regular season.
For the eight play-in clubs, things stay hectic.
The season ends Sunday, May 16. On May 18, the play-ins begin — six games in all, every one of them either sending the winner to the playoffs, the loser home for the summer, or both. The No. 7 and No. 8 seeds will get two chances to win one game; the No. 9 and No. 10 seeds must go 2-0 or they won’t make the playoffs.
It has already given teams like the Wizards — a team that was wracked with virus-related issues earlier this season and didn’t play for two weeks while the roster was decimated — plenty of newfound hope.
“I think if we can put a nice little run together, I think we can give ourselves a nice little chance,” Wizards guard Bradley Beal said.
UCLA star Johnny Juzang enters NBA draft
LOS ANGELES (AP) Johnny Juzang, who starred for UCLA in the Bruins’ run to the Final Four, is entering his name in the NBA draft but not hiring an agent.
The sophomore guard announced his decision Tuesday on social media, leaving open the possibility of returning to Westwood. He averaged 22.8 points and 4.0 rebounds in six NCAA Tournament games. The Bruins lost to then-undefeated Gonzaga in the national semifinals in their first Final Four appearance since 2008.
“For many years, I’ve dreamt about playing professional basketball. But the journey to get to this point has truly been the beautiful part, crossing paths with such great people: coaches, mentors, and brothers,” Juzang wrote.
“I’m proud to announce that I’m declaring for the NBA Draft, while retaining my collegiate eligibility. I want to thank Coach Cronin and UCLA, the basketball program and the Bruin community, for welcoming me with such open arms. … I am going continue to work and give the passion I always have and see where it takes me. I’ll then make an informed decision. Blessings!”
Juzang, who is from nearby Tarzana, averaged 16.0 points and 4.1 rebounds while starting 26 of 27 games after transferring from Kentucky, where he played as a freshman.
“I ask our fans to be understanding, as these young men all love UCLA but also deserve the right to explore their professional status,” coach Mick Cronin said.
Juzang’s 137 points in the NCAA Tournament were the second-most scored in a single tournament by any UCLA player. Gail Goodrich totaled 140 points through four games in the 1965 NCAA Tournament.
Kentucky 7-footer Olivier Sarr declares for NBA draft
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) Kentucky senior forward Olivier Sarr has declared for the NBA draft and will forego his remaining collegiate eligibility after one season with the Wildcats.
The 7-foot Frenchman transferred last year from Wake Forest and averaged 10.8 points, 5.2 rebounds and 1.2 blocks per game. Sarr shot 47%, including 12 3-pointers on 46% accuracy, and 79% from the free throw line. He also provided experience and leadership for a young Wildcats squad that ultimately missed the NCAA Tournament with a 9-16 finish.
In a release Sarr said he was blessed “to have learned from two great coaches” at Kentucky with John Calipari and Danny Manning at Wake Forest. Calipari said Sarr “really improved” in his lone season with the Wildcats and added, “He is only going to get better.”
Sarr, who will graduate next month with a communications degree, joins Brandon Boston Jr., Terrance Clarke and Isaiah Jackson in the draft. Jackson has left open the option of returning to school.
Steelers sign coach Mike Tomlin to 3-year contract extension
PITTSBURGH (AP) Mike Tomlin wants to be part of the post-Ben Roethlisberger era in Pittsburgh.
The Steelers on Tuesday signed their longtime coach to a three-year contract extension that runs through the 2024 season.
Tomlin is 145-78-1 in 14 years with the Steelers, winning one Super Bowl and going to another. The franchise has reached the playoffs nine times during Tomlin’s tenure and captured its seventh AFC North title under him in 2020.
“I am extremely grateful for this contract extension and want to thank Art Rooney II and everyone in the organization for the support in my first 14 seasons,” Tomlin said in a statement. “We have a goal of winning the organization’s seventh Super Bowl championship, and I couldn’t be more enthusiastic about this upcoming season.”
The Steelers went 12-5 in 2020, winning their first 11 games before stumbling down the stretch, including a blowout loss to Cleveland at home in the first round of the playoffs. The team is in the midst of a mini-overhaul, particularly on offense after two assistants were let go and center Maurkice Pouncey and tight end Vance McDonald retired.
Still, Roethlisberger restructured his contract to lessen his salary cap hit, a move that helped the Steelers free up enough money to persuade wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster to return on a one-year deal.
The extension likely means Tomlin will stick around for whatever happens after the 39-year-old Roethlisberger retires. There is no succession plan in place for the future Hall of Famer, though Tomlin opting to sign the extension means he intends to be part of the process whenever Roethlisberger calls it quits.
The agreement deepens Pittsburgh’s extraordinary commitment to its head coaches. The Steelers have had just three men in charge since hiring Chuck Noll in 1969: Noll, Bill Cowher and Tomlin. Noll and Cowher are in the Hall of Fame.
The 49-year-old Tomlin already is 21st in NFL history in career wins and is one of just two coaches to begin their career with 14 consecutive non-losing seasons.
Buffalo Bills GM: ‘No rush’ on extension for QB Josh Allen despite mutual interest
BUFFALO, N.Y. — Buffalo Bills general manager Brandon Beane isn’t rushing to get a deal done with quarterback Josh Allen — although he said he’s confident a deal will eventually get done.
Speaking with reporters Tuesday, Beane said he had spoken with the NFL’s MVP runner-up from a season ago about extending his contract, which is entering the fourth year of Allen’s rookie deal. However, Beane said he doesn’t expect a deal to get done until at least after next week’s NFL draft, and perhaps well into the spring or summer.
“There’s no rush, we’ll have some kind of conversation,” Beane said. “Listen, we would love to get Josh extended. No doubt. It has to be a number that works for him and works for us. That’s been my conversation with them and they know the same. We’re all on the same page. Josh wants to be here.”
Allen emerged as one of the NFL’s premier quarterbacks last season, passing for 4,544 yards and 37 touchdowns in 2020, adding eight rushing touchdowns and a receiving touchdown while leading the Bills to an AFC Championship Game appearance.
The Wyoming product has made it clear that he wants to play out his career in Buffalo and didn’t seem deterred by the possibility of contract negotiations extending into next year.
“When it happens, it happens,” Allen told NFL Network’s Kyle Brandt earlier this month. “They will iron out the details, and if we can get to something soon, I’d obviously love to be locked down in Buffalo for a very long time. It’s a place that I call home. I love being there.”
Allen would represent Beane’s largest extension of his tenure with the Bills, after Beane successfully extended left tackle Dion Dawkins and cornerback Tre’Davious White last offseason. The former Carolina Panthers assistant GM likened his current situation to the one he faced in Carolina with then-quarterback Cam Newton.
“We tried in Carolina to get Cam Newton done at this time and it didn’t work,” Beane said. “We just weren’t on the same page with his agent on where the value is to where we saw it. So we said, ‘Hey, no hard feelings, we’re all on the same page here.’ We pushed pause. He played that season and then after that season we got it done pretty quick that next offseason.
NFL, players’ association approve first position-specific helmet design for OL, DL
The NFL and NFL Players Association have approved a position-specific helmet design for the first time since they began regulating equipment for players, representatives for both groups confirmed Tuesday.
The helmet, known as the VICIS ZERO2-R TRENCH, was built for offensive and defensive linemen and is ranked No. 2 on the league’s 2021 safety rankings. The helmets are equipped with bumpers on their front and upper sides, where NFL engineering studies showed are a common point of contact for linemen who absorb concussion-causing contact, according to Dr. Ann Good, a senior engineer at BioCore and a consultant to the NFL.
The league and union have been ranking helmets based on proprietary safety data since 2015, using lab tests designed by BioCore, and began banning the lowest-performing helmets in 2019. The primary goal was to drive down reported concussion totals among players, which peaked at 281 during the 2017 season. The 2021 ratings, distributed to teams Tuesday, added three models to the prohibited list and six to a category called “not recommended.”
Approximately 18% of players finished the 2020 season using one of those nine helmet models. But Dr. Kristy Arbogast, an engineering consultant for the NFLPA, said her expectation is that almost all of them will move to a better-performing helmet in 2021. In each of the past two seasons, 99% of NFL players have used a helmet recommended by the NFL/NFLPA ratings.
The NFL hasn’t publicized its complete concussion data from last season. But Jennifer Langton, the league’s senior vice president of health and safety innovation, said that reported concussion rates over the past three seasons (2018-20) are 25% lower than in the previous three seasons (2015-17).
“With these results,” Arbogast said, “we were able to demonstrate [to players] that the use of a lab test in ranking helmets and prohibiting helmets were relevant to [players’] game experience. We showed that by moving up the [ranking], players could really take an active role in their safety.”
Jordan Reed retiring from NFL due to issues from concussions
Former Washington Football Team tight end Jordan Reed said he’s retiring from the NFL because of lingering issues from multiple concussions suffered throughout his career.
“I was pretty sure I was going to keep playing; I was feeling good about where I was at,” Reed told ESPN. “But then I had some lingering effects and sought out professional help to get diagnosed. They told me it was not a good idea to keep playing. I agreed with them.”
Reed visited Orlando’s Plasticity Center in late winter for a brain scan. He said based on the results it was recommended he retire. Reed said it took him a while to make the decision.
“Before when I had a concussion I would feel better afterwards and I wouldn’t have lingering effects,” Reed said. “If I didn’t have any symptoms I would have kept playing,” he said. “I’m OK with it because I know the reason why I’m making the choice is for family and my children, so I can be there for them. It’s just time.”
Reed, 30, played seven seasons with Washington and spent last year with San Francisco, catching 355 passes with 28 touchdowns in a career often slowed by injuries. He played 10 games with the 49ers last season, catching 26 passes.
2021 NFL DRAFT PLAYER PROFILE-RB TRAVIS ETIENNE (CLEMSON)
Etienne (pronounced EE-tee-ehn) rushed for nearly 5,400 yards in his final two seasons at Jennings High School. As a true freshman, Etienne led Clemson in rushing despite not starting any of his 13 appearances (107 carries, 766 yards, 7.2 ypc, 13 touchdowns; five receptions, 57 yards, 11.4 average; team-high 19 kick returns, 389 yards, 20.5 average). The 2018 Doak Walker Award finalist started all 15 games that season and tied the ACC record with 26 total touchdowns (12 receptions, 78 yards, 6.5 average, two touchdowns). Etienne was also the ACC Player of the Year as a sophomore after setting a school record with 1,658 yards and 24 touchdowns rushing on 204 carries (8.1 per) for the national champions. He was named a second-team Associated Press All-American and ACC Player of the Year in 2019 after bringing the Tigers back to the national title game with 1,614 yards and 19 touchdowns on 207 carries (7.8 per) while also catching 37 passes for 432 yards (11.7 per) and four scores in 15 starts. Etienne also set the Clemson school career rushing record during the season. He surprised most everyone by announcing he would return to Clemson for the 2020 season after excelling in his first three years on campus. He garnered first-team Associated Press All-American and first-team All-ACC honors at running back (168 carries, 913 yards, 5.4 ypc) and as an all-purpose performer (48 receptions, 588 yards, 12.3 average, two touchdowns; eight kick returns, 189 yards, 23.6 average; one punt return, 44 yards). The Doak Walker and Paul Hornung Award finalist started all 12 games on the year, tying for seventh in the FBS with 14 rushing touchdowns and setting the ACC mark for career rushing yards with 4,952.
Rampaging, loose-hipped runner who wins with force and speed. Etienne’s scheme will create favorable boxes for him to run into at times, but his contact balance and overall will to avoid being tackled has earned plenty of tough yardage. He has average size and runs with long strides and a frenetic pace that hampers his quick-cut control and fluidity at times. However, he has home-run speed in the open field and runs with fury and pop to finish near the goal line. He’s a greatly improved pass-catching option but needs to step up consistently in pass protection. His tools for creating yardage stand out during games and that same presence should be on display as a dangerous pro back.
- Very capable of excelling on all three downs.
- Put it in the paint throughout career with 78 total touchdowns in four years.
- Rabid determination to beat tacklers with “fast” or “force.”
- Had 16 career touchdowns of 44-plus yards.
- Patient creeper, allowing power blocks to develop.
- Excellent read-and-cut timing behind wash-down blocks.
- Gets it downhill when it’s time to go.
- Leg drive and balance to power and bounce through contact.
- YAC daddy whose default running style is set to rampage.
- Several scores came after hard contact.
- Hips can swivel and cut in any direction.
- Top-end speed to make poor angles pay the iron price.
- Elevated his value as receiver out of backfield in 2020.
- Loves to clean up A-gap blitzers with booming angle block.
- Average ball security needs to improve.
- Wasted motion into reads and cuts.
- Long strider in short spaces.
- Wide base limits lateral balance at times.
- Running style is aggressive but somewhat segmented.
- Lacks finesse along the interior at times.
- Drops easy throws on swing passes.
- Needs to square rushers and keep them centered.
- Has taken some tread off the tire with running style.
2021 NFL DRAFT PLAYER PROFILE-OT RASHAWN SLATER (NORTHWESTERN)
Slater was a second-team All-Greater Houston pick as a senior in high school, though his team won just three games in three seasons. Slater proved his worth immediately with the Wildcats, starting all 12 games at right tackle as a true freshman. Big Ten coaches named him third-team all-conference after he started all 14 games at right tackle in 2018, then awarded Slater honorable mention notice for his work in 11 starts at left tackle as a junior. Slater opted out of the 2020 season.
Three-year starter with experience at both left and right tackle positions. His compact frame carries play strength that can be filed in the “grown man” category, as evidenced by his heads-up battles against 2020 No. 2 overall pick Chase Young in 2019. Slater operates with confidence and efficient movement that sees him in position to get his job done on most snaps. His lack of length will lead some teams to view him as a guard, but the footwork and talent outside might be worth allowing him to prove it at tackle first. His combination of strength, athletic ability and quick processing should make him one of the safer offensive line picks in this draft and an early starter.
- Frame is compact and muscular with good lean mass.
- Starter since his freshman season and played both tackle spots.
- Reps against Ohio State’s Chase Young were very impressive.
- Confident in claiming his turf in heads-up battles.
- Possesses excellent core strength and contact balance.
- Big paws can snatch into opponent’s frame.
- Runs with choppy feet through his run blocks.
- Smooth lateral flow coming off the ball.
- Fluid as a move blocker and has a good feel for second-level angles.
- Reads and adjustments are fast and effective in space.
- Keeps his head back and chin tucked in pass sets.
- Trusts his feet in pass sets and rarely ever lunges.
- Stiff punch and strong outside hand discourages edge rushers.
- Upper-body power allows for quick separation after punch.
- Quick response to inside shots.
- Sudden anchor drops with hip flexion to lockout a bull-rush.
- Has all kinds of recovery athleticism.
- Some teams might see him as an inside player only because of arm length.
- Allows some separation at the punch point due to lack of length.
- Needs to play with better knee bend in space.
- Slight inconsistencies maintaining inside hands in pass pro.
- Hands ride a little too high on down blocks, causing him to lose some power.
- Has some issues getting pad level low in short-yardage situations.
PGA Tour bonus program will pay players based on impact metrics rather than performance
The PGA Tour put in place this year a $40 million bonus plan that will pay the top 10 players based on how much they “move the needle” rather than their performance on the course.
In theory, players such as Tiger Woods, Rickie Fowler, Bryson DeChambeau, Phil Mickelson and Jordan Spieth could be among those to benefit.
The idea is to reward players who drive engagement with sponsors and fans. It had been studied in the wake of an effort by a rival entity known as the Premier Golf League that over the past several years has attempted to lure players to a new circuit that would set up a worldwide schedule with guaranteed payments.
Known as the Player Impact Program, the plan was first reported by Golfweek. The PGA Tour confirmed several of the details to ESPN, including the $40 million bonus pool that will pay $8 million to the player in the No. 1 position, with amounts decreasing down to the 10th spot. The rankings will be determined by several factors that gauge impact.
The Tour has been working on the program for some time and was set to announce portions of it at the 2020 Players Championship, which was ultimately canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic. It put the plan in place over the ensuing months without fanfare.
As part of the program, the Tour has created a new business unit called the Players Partnerships within the Players Relations Department. It is focused on all PGA Tour players and trying to help them maximize off-the-course business opportunities.
“In pro golf, there is a dynamic that exists in no other sport or business,” said one player agent who did not want to be identified. “The needle-movers, the guys who are responsible for revenue, go out and compete at the risk of not being compensated. Tom Cruise doesn’t shoot a movie for free and see how it goes. The CEO at IMB could have performance and stock-equity bonuses. But no one goes to work in a demand position and have no guaranteed compensation.
“Tiger Woods could play in golf tournaments, sell a million dollars worth of tickets, be responsible for a large part of a television contract. And he still has to shoot scores to get paid.”
Woods is not playing due to a serious car accident on Feb. 23, but his impact could still be enough for him to reap some of the rewards.
The $40 million is being funded through the PGA Tour and is not tied to any corporate sponsorship.
The Tour said those who receive the funds will be determined based on their “Impact Score,” which will be generated from several different metrics, including their popularity in a Google search, the Nielsen Brand Exposure rating, their Q rating, the MVP index rating and their Meltwater Mentions, which measures the frequency that a player generates coverage across various media platforms.
According to Golfweek, simulated impact scores from 2019 were produced to give an idea of how the standings would have looked. From that year, Woods — who won the Masters — would have been No. 1, followed by FedEx Cup champion Rory McIlroy, Brooks Koepka, Mickelson, Fowler, Spieth, Justin Thomas, Justin Rose and Adam Scott.
“Tiger should be No. 1 on that list no matter what,” Koepka told Golfweek. “He’s the entire reason we’re able to play for so much money, the entire reason this sport is as popular as it is, and the reason most of us are playing. Not even close.”
English clubs abandon breakaway Super League by quitting
LONDON (AP) All six English clubs dramatically abandoned plans to join a breakaway Super League on Tuesday, threatening to implode the project by a group of elite English, Spanish and Italian clubs less than two days after it was announced.
Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester United, Manchester City and Tottenham deserted the 12-team project amid an escalating backlash that saw the government warn of legislating to stop the breakaway competition.
THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. AP’s earlier story is below:
Manchester City and Chelsea dramatically abandoned plans to join a breakaway Super League on Tuesday, threatening to implode the project by a group of elite English, Spanish and Italian clubs less than two days after it was announced.
Liverpool was also publicly urged to desert the Super League by its players who repeated a tweet first posted by captain Jordan Henderson.
“We don’t like it and we don’t want it to happen,” Henderson tweeted. “This is our collective position.”
City was the first club to go public with its decision to leave the 12-team project, saying it “has formally enacted the procedures to withdraw from the group developing plans for a European Super League.”
Chelsea was preparing documents to tell the Super League it wants out too, a person with knowledge of the decision told The Associated Press.
The person spoke on condition of anonymity because Chelsea was yet to send its decision to the organizers of the new, largely closed competition that would split the teams away from UEFA’s existing Champions League.
Three other English clubs – Arsenal, Manchester United and Tottenham – had signed up.
Manchester United defender Luke Shaw also went against his club by tweeting his backing of the existing Champions League minutes before news broke that Chelsea would be the first club to quit the group of 12 rebels.
It was unclear if Manchester United, which is owned by the American Glazer family, was still clinging onto the Super League project. But United vice chairman Ed Woodward announced Tuesday night he was leaving at the end of 2021 in a statement not mentioning the Super League.
UTEP athletics punished over football, softball violations
EL PASO, Texas (AP) — UTEP football coach Dana Dimel and former softball coach Tobin Echo-Hawk received one-year show-cause restrictions and the athletic department was placed on a year’s probation Tuesday over NCAA violations in both programs.
The NCAA said the football team exceeded limits on the size of the coaching staff for two years by allowing offensive and defensive quality control coaches to provide instruction.
Echo-Hawk allowed graduate assistants to provide instruction during extra workout sessions as part of violations of limits on the size of the coaching staff and daily and weekly limits on the number of hours athletes are allowed to practice, according to the NCAA. The former coach also didn’t give her players a mandatory day off every week.
The agreement between UTEP and the NCAA said Echo-Hawk was directly involved in some violations while failing to monitor her staff’s involvement. Dimel was held responsible for not monitoring the activity of his staff.
Dimel will serve a four-day suspension from coaching activities and a 10-day ban on off-campus recruiting during the 2020-21 football contact period.
Echo-Hawk received a four-week suspension from coaching activities and must sit out 15% of regular-season games. She is an assistant at New Mexico State. The school said she was promoted to a paid job last summer after joining Kathy Rodolph’s staff as a volunteer.
INDIANA MEN’S BASKETBALL: KOPP CHOOSES INDIANA
Former Northwestern forward Miller Kopp has decided to transfer to Indiana for his final two years of college eligibility.
“Really, what stuck out to me was just a straightforward realness coach Woodson had, and obviously his NBA background,” Kopp told IndyStar on Tuesday morning. “His pedigree is bigtime. He knew what he was talking about. After he watched my film and saw what I can do, what he thinks he can add to my game, it definitely was really intriguing.”
Over three seasons at Northwestern, Kopp averaged 9.6PPG.
“Obviously, (Woodson) values shooting and the 3-ball a lot,” Kopp said. “He also wants skilled guys who can dribble, pass and shoot. I fit that mold. I feel like I can shoot the ball with the best of them.”
INDIANA FOOTBALL: IU-UConn Reschedule Game For 2026
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – The Indiana and Connecticut football programs announced on Tuesday afternoon last season’s game (Sept. 26), which was canceled due to COVID-19, has been rescheduled for Sept. 26, 2026, in East Hartford.
Below are IU’s future non-conference opponents:
9.11 – Idaho
9.18 – Cincinnati
9.25 – at Western Kentucky
9.10 – Idaho
9.17 – Western Kentucky
9.24 – at Cincinnati
9.9 – Indiana State
9.16 – vs. Louisville @ Lucas Oil Stadium
9.23 – Akron
8.31 – Florida International
9.7 – at Louisville
9.21 – Charlotte
9.6 – Louisville
9.13 – Indiana State
9.26 – at Connecticut
9.11 – Indiana State
8.31 – at Notre Dame
9.27 – Notre Dame
INDIANA MEN’S SOCCER: Indiana Men’s Soccer Earns No. 3 Seed in NCAA Tournament
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – The NCAA announced the 36-team tournament field for the 2020-21 NCAA Men’s Soccer Championships on Monday afternoon. The tournament will begin on April 29 and conclude with the national championship match on May 17 with all matches played in Cary, N.C. and the surrounding areas.
The No. 3-ranked Indiana men’s soccer program (9-1-1) earned the third overall seed and a first-round bye. The Hoosiers will await the winner of Milwaukee (8-4-0) and St. Francis Brooklyn (5-1-2) in the first round of action.
“We are really pleased that we were able to receive the No. 3 seed,” head coach Todd Yeagley said. “I think that reflects the body of work that the team put together. It is very well deserved. Now, we will look forward to the challenge of whoever we play in our first game. We are just excited to be in the field and be honored with the third seed.”
The committee intends to provide some opportunity for family and friends to attend the championships. They will follow the NCAA Medical Advisory Group guidelines, and the maximum allowable capacity will be 25%. Ticket information can be found here.
The berth for the Hoosiers is the team’s 34th-straight bid to the NCAA Tournament and the 45th overall in program history. The extended streak marks the longest active streak in the country.
Since the NCAA began its current seeding format in 2003, the Hoosiers have earned a top-16 seed in 16 of the 18 tournaments and a top-8 seed 11 times. IU has appeared in 20 College Cups, which leads all Division I teams, and won its eighth national title in 2012.
The Hoosiers enter the NCAA Tournament with an overall record of 9-1-1 and winners of the Big Ten regular season and tournament titles for the third-straight season, the longest-streak in the Big Ten Conference since the Hoosiers claimed an unprecedented four-consecutive doubles from 1996-99.
The regular season title marked the 17th in program history, while the tournament crown is the 15th won by IU. The championship double marked the 11th time in the storied history of Indiana men’s soccer.
Individually, the Hoosier regular season was punctuated with a multitude of postseason Big Ten awards. Sophomore forward Victor Bezerra was named Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year, while sophomore keeper Roman Celentano collected Big Ten Goalkeeper of the Year accolades. The dynamic duo was joined by redshirt senior defender Spencer Glass on the All-Big Ten First Team. Sophomore midfielder Herbert Endeley and redshirt sophomore defender Daniel Munie were each granted spots on the second team. Finally, head coach Todd Yeagley picked up his third-straight Big Ten Coach of the Year honor.
IU posted a mark of 1-0-1 against NCAA Tournament teams in this abbreviated, conference-only season. The lone victory came over Maryland, while the Hoosiers netted a draw against No. 14 Penn State.
PURDUE VOLLEYBALL: Historic Season Comes to a Close in Regional Finals
OMAHA, Neb. – The No. 7 seeded Purdue Boilermakers (16-7, 14-6, Big Ten) closed the book on its historic season after falling 3-0 to No. 2 seeded Kentucky in the NCAA Regional Finals (23-25, 20-25, 16-25).
Purdue, which had not lost a three-setter since its opening weekend at No. 1 Wisconsin in January, finished the season with its fourth overall Regional Final appearance and first since 2013.
The match saw 19 tied scores, including 14 in the second set. The Boilermakers stayed neck-and-neck with the Wildcats in the first and second set, however a 10-1 run by Kentucky to open the third set proved too large a deficit to recover from.
Senior Caitlyn Newton was one dig shy of a double-double after leading the team with 10 kills and chipping in nine digs.
Meanwhile, freshman Taylor Trammell led the way with a career-high-tying two solo stuffs, alongside three kills and another two block assists. With the effort, Trammell closes out the spring 2021 season with 1.63 blocks per set, the most by a Boilermaker in program history.
Marissa Hornung led the back row with 11 digs, meanwhile senior libero Jena Otec recorded nine. With the performance tonight, the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year closes out her senior season with 4.56 digs per set, No. 3 all-time in program history (most since Kelli Miller, 4.63 in 2007).
Setter Hayley Bush rounded out the match with 23 assists, five digs and a trio of kills.
The record-setting season included a program-best four first-team All-Big Ten, nods, four AVCA All-Region selections and the first Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year accolade in program history.
BUTLER MEN’S TENNIS: Bracket Set for 2021 BIG EAST Tennis Championship
NEW YORK – The seeds and schedule have been set for the 2021 BIG EAST Men’s and Women’s Tennis Championship presented by JEEP, which will take place Thursday, April 22 through Sunday, April 21 at the Cayce Tennis & Fitness Center in Cayce, S.C. Xavier earned the No. 1 seed for the women, while DePaul earned the top seed for the men.
Seeds are determined by the conference’s tennis championship and coaches’ seeding advisory committees that review each team’s regular-season schedule, ITA rankings, results against BIG EAST and common non-conference opponents and wins/losses against ranked foes.
See below for the full schedule. The women’s and men’s championship matches will be streamed live via the BIG EAST Digital Network Presented by SoFi. All Championship information will be available here.
|2021 BIG EAST Men’s & Women’s Tennis Schedule|
Presented by JEEP
|Thursday, April 22|
|9 a.m. ET||No. 8 Marquette||No. 9 Georgetown||Women’s First Round|
|No. 7 Butler||No. 10 Seton Hall||Women’s First Round|
|No. 6 Creighton||No. 11 Providence||Women’s First Round|
|Friday, April 23|
|9 a.m. ET||No. 1 Xavier||Winner No. 8/9||Women’s Quarterfinals|
|No. 2 DePaul||Winner No. 7/10||Women’s Quarterfinals|
|No. 3 Villanova||Winner No. 6/11||Women’s Quarterfinals|
|1 p.m. ET ^||No. 4 St. John’s||No. 5 UConn||Women’s Quarterfinals|
|No. 1 DePaul||No. 8 Georgetown||Men’s Quarterfinals|
|No. 2 St. John’s||No. 7 Xavier||Men’s Quarterfinals|
|5 p.m. ET ^||No. 3 Marquette||No. 6 Villanova||Men’s Quarterfinals|
|No. 4 Butler||No. 5 Creighton||Men’s Quarterfinals|
|Saturday, April 24|
|9 a.m. ET||QF Winner No. 1/8/9||QF Winner No. 4/5||Women’s Semifinals|
|QF Winner No. 2/7||QF Winner No. 3/6||Women’s Semifinals|
|1 p.m. ET ^||QF Winner No. 1/8||QF Winner No. 4/5||Men’s Semifinals|
|QF Winner No. 2/7||QF Winner No. 3/6||Men’s Semifinals|
|Sunday, April 25|
|9 a.m. ET||Semifinal Winners||Women’s Championship (Watch Live)|
|1 p.m. ET ^||Semifinal Winners||Men’s Championship (Watch Live)|
^ no sooner than. Times may be adjusted based on court availability for warmups.
Times are subject to change based on weather. Match time adjustments will be made by the BIG EAST Conference Administrator in consultation with the BIG EAST Championship Committee, the Championship Referee and the host facility.
The raindate is scheduled for Monday, April 26 should any of the matches get postponed.
^ no sooner than. Times may be adjusted based on court availability for warmups.
Times are subject to change based on weather. Match time adjustments will be made by the BIG EAST Conference Administrator in consultation with the BIG EAST Championship Committee, the Championship Referee and the host facility.
BALL STATE SOFTBALL: Softball Splits Tuesday’s Twinbill at Miami
OXFORD, Ohio – – When the day started, there were two undefeated teams in Mid-American Conference play.
After an exciting day of softball at the Miami Softball Stadium, there were none.
Ball State started the day with a thrilling 4-2, come-from-behind victory over Miami to snap the RedHawks’ 20-game winning streak. Unfortunately, the reverse happened in the nightcap, as the Cardinals (22-11; 16-1 MAC) held a 7-2 edge going into the bottom of the seventh, only to see the RedHawks (27-7; 17-1 MAC) walk off with the win.
The league’s top two team will battle again next Wednesday, this time at the Softball Field at First Merchants Ballpark Complex. First pitch of that twinbill is set for 2 p.m.
GAME 1 RECAP: Ball State 4 – Miami 2
Ball State opened a key MAC doubleheader at league rival Miami with a 4-2, come-from-behind victory fueled by a brilliant pitching performance from sophomore Deborah Jones.
Battling a RedHawks team which had won 20 straight games and led the league in batting average (.337) and runs per game (7.62), Jones never backed down. She struck out four of the first seven batters she faced and yielded just four hits and two runs. She ended the game with five strikeouts, while improving to 7-0 in MAC play.
On the other side, the Cardinals were facing one of the league’s top pitchers in Courtney Viersta who was perfect through four innings. However, with Ball State trailing 2-0 after Miami recorded single runs in the third and fourth, senior catcher Stacy Payton opened the floodgates in the top of the fifth with a single to center field.
Ball State scored four runs in the inning, with the first coming one a double steal. Following the single, Payton was replaced by freshman pitch runner Brooke Ligacki. Senior first baseman Janae Hogg followed with a single off the fence in left field to put runners at the corners.
Then, with senior pinch runner Katie Janiga at first, the Cardinals pulled off a double steal on a strikeout with Janiga drawing the throw to second, allowing the speedy Ligacki to score from third. Then, following a walk to senior designated player Delanie Johnson, senior center fielder Kennedy Wynn put up some fireworks with a three-run blast to left-center field.
The four runs provided all the run support Jones needed, as she shut Miami down over the final three.
GAME 2 RECAP: Miami 8 – Ball State 7
In the second game, the Cardinals offense stayed hot early as sophomore third baseman Haley Wynn opened with an infield single. Then, after moving to second on a groundout, she scored on an RBI single through the left side from Hogg.
After senior starting pitcher Darcie Huber struck out the side in the bottom of the first, the Cardinals exploded for four more runs in the top of the second.
With bases loaded and one out following a walk to Johnson, a single from K. Wynn, and a bunt single from sophomore shortstop Kayla Lissy, H. Wynn drove in the first run of the inning with a single to left. Senior right fielder Haley Dominique followed with a two-run single through the right side, while a Payton double to left center brought home the fourth run.
Miami would counter with single runs in the third and fifth, cutting the lead to 5-2. However, Ball State’s offense came to life again in the sixth thanks to a two-out infield single from Lissy. H. Wynn followed with an RBI double to right center, while Dominique added an RBI single to left in the next at bat to cap Ball State’s scoring in the game.
Unfortunately, the doubleheader sweep was not meant to be, as Miami rallied for six one-out runs in the bottom of the seventh to split the day.
Highlighting Ball State’s effort in the circle in the second game was Huber who allowed just two hits and one unearned run over her 3.0 innings of work, striking out five.
The Ball State softball team returns to action Friday, when it opens a four-game series versus Ohio at the Softball Field at First Merchants Ballpark Complex. First pitch is currently set for 3 p.m.
INDIANA STATE WOMEN’S BASKETBALL: Chad Killinger Named Indiana State’s Ninth Women’s Basketball Coach
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Indiana native Chad Killinger is returning home. The coaching veteran, formerly assistant coach at Nicholls State University, has been named the ninth women’s basketball coach in Indiana State history, ISU Director of Athletics Sherard Clinkscales announced Tuesday.
Killinger will be introduced at a press conference at 11 a.m. ET on Tuesday, April 27, in the Hulman Center. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, it will be open to invited guests and media only but will be live streamed on Indiana State Athletics social media channels.
Killinger, a former national coach of the year for two-year colleges, had a 9-2 record as interim head coach at East Carolina University in 2018. He served as recruiting coordinator at Nicholls State and helped the Colonels rank in the top-50 nationally in six statistical categories.
Throughout his 25-year coaching career, Killinger has held nearly every position possible in a collegiate basketball program, from student-assistant coach, to assistant coach, to junior college head coach and now Division I head coach.
“I am pleased that Chad has decided to lead the Indiana State women’s basketball program,” Clinkscales said. “He views this job as a destination based on the history of success and the strong affinity that he and his family have for the community. Chad is a seasoned leader who loves teaching the game and he understands and embraces the challenge of building a championship program in our highly competitive conference. I am confident that our program will be in good hands for years to come.”
Killinger said he “couldn’t be more excited” to become ISU’s head coach.
“The history of basketball in Indiana is rich and includes conference championships and postseason appearances by the Sycamore women’s basketball program,” Killinger said. “My family and I look forward to returning to my home state after a 22-year journey that has given us countless memories and experiences to prepare us for this moment.”
“I want to thank (ISU President) Dr. Curtis, Sherard Clinkscales and (Senior Associate Athletic Director) Angie Lansing for embracing the vision we have for the women’s basketball program and the importance of the total student-athlete experience. There are several great things happening around Indiana State University and we look forward to contributing to the future of the university and the community of Terre Haute.”
Before joining the staff at Nicholls State, Killinger spent one season at East Carolina University as an assistant coach. Prior to East Carolina, Killinger spent seven seasons as the head women’s basketball coach at Moberly Area Community College in Missouri. Killinger had a 147-71 record at Moberly. It was the most wins and the highest winning percentage in NJCAA Region 16 during that time.
In 2017-2018, Killinger guided Moberly to one of the best seasons in program history, with a 32-1 record and No. 4 ranking nationally. Killinger was named the U.S. Marine Corps/Women’s Basketball Coaches Association Two-Year College National Coach of the Year; MCCAC Coach of the Year; and NJCAA Region 16 and District K Coach of the Year.
At Mobley, Killinger coached one WBCA All-American; one second-team NJCAA All-American; one third-team NJCAA All-American; four WBCA honorable mention All-Americans; and one NJCAA honorable mention All-American.
Prior to Moberly, Killinger served as an assistant coach at Marshall University. Before that, he was head women’s basketball coach at Lincoln Trail College in Illinois. Killinger led the team to unprecedented success, with a 91-36 record and winning seasons in each of his four years. Lincoln Trail won the school’s first conference championship in 2009-10.
Prior to his time at Lincoln Trail College, Killinger served for three years as head women’s basketball coach and assistant men’s basketball coach at Jacksonville College in Texas. Before arriving at Jacksonville, Killinger served as the assistant men’s basketball coach at Lincoln Trail College for four years.
Killinger began his coaching career as a student assistant and volunteer assistant at Franklin College in Indiana. While working towards his bachelor’s degree at Franklin, Killinger also served as a coach for the Bloomington Red AAU Basketball program, which was widely considered as one of the top AAU programs in the Midwest.
Killinger earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Physical Education with an emphasis in Athletic Training from Franklin College in December of 1997 and earned his Master of Sports Science degree in Sports Management from the United States Sports Academy in July of 2003.
Killinger and his wife, Rachael, who competed at Indiana University in basketball and track, have three daughters, Josiah (15), Noah (10), and Micah (5), and three sons, Isaiah (21), Elijah (13), and Moses (9).
INDIANA STATE BASEBALL: Aaron Beck Earns NCBWA National Player of the Week Accolades
DALLAS – Fresh off a Missouri Valley Conference Player of the Week nod, Aaron Beck has been named the National Player of the Week by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA), the publication announced Tuesday.
Beck led the nationally ranked Sycamores to a four-game sweep of Valparaiso. In four starts, Beck went 12-for-14, recording three or more hits in three games while going 2-for-2 with a walk in the finale. The left-handed hitter finished a home run short of the cycle during a 5-0 series opening win.
An Evansville, Ind. Native, Beck finished the weekend with an .857 batting average, 1.214 slugging percentage and an .875 on-base percentage. He drove in nine runs, including three RBIs in each of the first two games of the series while scoring three times. In total, Beck recorded a trio of doubles, a triple and 17 total bases. The redshirt junior drew two walks, including an intentional walk in the series.
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The Sycamores will continue Missouri Valley Conference action as the team travels to Dallas Baptist next weekend for a four-game series with the Patriots.
INDIANA STATE SOFTBALL: Softball Travels to Evansville for Doubleheader
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – The Indiana State softball team is set for a short trip to Evansville, Ind., for a doubleheader with Evansville at Cooper Stadium. The Sycamores will open play on Wednesday, Apr. 21 with first pitch slated to begin at 5 p.m. ET with game two set to start at approximately 7:30 p.m.
Cooper Stadium is closed to the public and only fans on student-athletes pass list will be admitted into the complex.
Indiana State leads the all-time series 50-46 over Evansville. The two squads last met on Apr. 24, 2019 resulting in an 3-2 ISU victory.
Three Things to Know
Bella Peterson is ranked in the top-five in five categories in the Missouri Valley Conference. Peterson ranks third in hits (42), fourth in runs scored (27), third in runs batted in (34), first in doubles (12) and second in total bases (73).
Indiana State’s team batting average of .278 ranks third overall in the Missouri Valley Conference. The Sycamores lead the Valley with their 269 hits on the year and also hold third in home runs with 27.
Lexie Siwek has been a key offensive threat for the Trees. The lefty slapper is ranked tenth overall in the Valley with her .358 batting average. Over the last three conference series, Swiek has posted a .468 average with 15 hits and six runs batted in.
PURDUE FT. WAYNE SOFTBALL: Shaina Eyre Named Horizon League Pitcher of the Week
INDIANAPOLIS – Purdue Fort Wayne softball pitcher Shaina Eyre has been selected as the Horizon League pitcher of the week, the League announced on Tuesday, April 20.
The senior from Pitt Meadows, British Columbia led Purdue Fort Wayne to a split with Northern Kentucky this past weekend, throwing 13.0 innings from the circle against the Norse. In her first outing, the senior threw a complete shutout against the Norse, striking out two in the process. In the second outing, she allowed just one earned run while also striking out two Norse.
For the week, Eyre had a 0.69 ERA with just the one earned run. She did not allow the Norse to get any multi-base hits in 55 plate appearances.
Eyre and the Mastodons will be back in action on Friday, April 30 with the first of two doubleheaders against Green Bay at the Purdue Fort Wayne Softball Field. The first game on Friday will begin at 10 a.m.
IUPUI WOMEN’S SOCCER: OMEN’S SOCCER ADDS TWO MORE FOR 2021
INDIANAPOLIS – The IUPUI women’s soccer program and head coach Chris Johnson announced two more signees for the 2021 season recently, brining the recruiting class to five total. All five will be true freshmen this fall and will have four seasons of eligibility.
Johnson’s squad went 5-2-2 this spring and earned the No. 3 seed in the Horizon League Tournament before succumbing to the eventual league champs. The Jaguars were elite defensively, yielding just six goals in nine games while recording six clean sheets. All total, Johnson’s team graduated seven seniors off this year’s team.
Here are the two more recent additions to the Jaguars recruiting class.
Makenna Collins // 5-foot-7 // D // St. Charles, Ill.
-Starred in soccer at St. Charles North (Ill.) High School and for Champton United
-Was two-time team captain in soccer
-Named Academic All-Conference in both basketball and soccer from 2018-2021
-Was a member of the Science National Honor Society
Collins on why she chose IUPUI: “I loved the feel of being close to the city and I felt extremely welcomed by both the players and coaching staff.”
Johnson on Collins: “Makenna is a versatile player who will probably factor in at outside back, outside mid or even defensive mid. I think she has a good combination of athleticism and technical ability that will allow her to develop into a very good player for us.”
Paige Waskom // 5-foot-6 // MF // Greenwood, Ind.
-Standout performer at Center Grove High School and for Indy Premier
-Two-time All-State and four-time All-Conference performer
-Two-time Johnson County Daily Journal Player of the Year
-Had 12 goals and 13 assists as a junior and tallied a team-high 14 goals as a senior
-Earned Academic All-State honors from 2018-2021
Waskom on why she chose IUPUI: “Because of the Kelley School of Business, the amazing soccer program and it’s local to home.”
Johnson on Waskom: “Paige is a very competitive and high level player who will come in and immediately challenge for playing time and a starting position. I think she has the ability to play a couple of different attacking positions and should be an impactful player for us from the day she first steps on the field.”
EVANSVILLE WOMEN’S GOLF: Women’s Golf wins MVC Championship!!!
SAINT CHARLES, Mo. – Taking part in one of the most exciting finishes in Missouri Valley Conference history, the University of Evansville women’s golf team outdueled UNI in a sudden death playoff…in the snow…to secure the first league championship in program history.
On top of the team performance, Sophia Rohleder won the individual championship, besting the competition by two strokes while head coach John Andrews was named the league’s Coach of the Year. Andrews is passing the award to former UE head coach Jim Hamilton, who retired last year. UNI’s John Bermel also received the honor.
“When I met this team after becoming head coach, I could see that they were a confident group about succeeding in this event; not necessarily saying they would win, but confident about their ability to succeed,” Andrews exclaimed. “I am so proud of this team and their effort throughout the tournament. Sophia was the best player in the conference this week. Alyssa (McMinn) played really well for the full event and made some big shots. Caitlin (O’Donnell) had a phenomenal first round on Monday that put us in the lead and set the tone for us.”
“Through the first 12 holes today, nobody on that course played better golf than Allison (Enchelmayer) and Mallory (Russell). It was a total team effort. They played through awful conditions today, but came out on top.”
Tuesday’s final round saw Northern Iowa rally to tie the Purple Aces with 942 strokes and force a sudden death playoff. The teams took to the 18th hole while battling the wind and snow. Evansville dominated the playoff, winning in one hole. While there were no “scores”, Evansville’s final player putted out and UNI could not force a tie, which gave the Aces the win.
“The girls had a great attitude heading to the playoff – they said that after three rounds, all we need to do is win this hole to take the championship and that is exactly what they did,” Andrews added. “Our girls flat out dominated the playoff.”
UE battled the elements throughout the day to finish in a tie for the top spot to force the playoff. Following a sunny start to the tournament on Monday, Bogey Hills Country Club saw snow falling on Tuesday morning. Rohleder recorded an 80 in the final round to clinch the medalist position. Her final tally came in at 229, which defeated UNI’s Emily Snelling and Missouri State’s Abby Cavaiani by two strokes. Her rounds on Monday finished up at 75 and 74. Rohleder was Evansville’s second individual conference champion, joining Kayla Katterhenry, who won as a senior in 2017.
“I remember Coach Hamilton telling me I could be the MVC champion prior to my junior year, but unfortunately it got canceled. That had me believing that anything was possible and winning the first two tournaments this season gave me a lot of confidence,” Rohleder said following the win. “But winning this as a team means so much more – it was unbelievable having our entire team up there receiving the trophy. Everyone worked so hard for this.”
“Being a senior makes it even more special – I thought this would be my last tournament, but it’s not!”
In a tournament that saw each and every stroke play a pivotal role in the end, Allison Enchelmayer was second for UE and tied for 12th in the final standings. After scores of 76 and 78 to open the tournament, Enchelmayer carded an 83 on Tuesday. Alyssa McMinn picked up a top 20 finish, tying for 17th place. Her final tally finished at 240.
Caitlin O’Donnell came home in 21st place with a final score of 243 while Mallory Russell completed the tournament with a 248.
Prior to this season, the Aces had not finished better than 7th place in the team standings.
With the win, the Aces earn the league’s automatic NCAA bid. Their destination will be announced at the selection show on April 28, which will be carried on the Golf Channel.
EVANSVILLE WOMEN’S BASKETBALL: Robyn Scherr-Wells named Evansville Head Women’s Basketball Coach
EVANSVILLE – Robyn Scherr-Wells, who has shown a knack for revitalizing programs and developing talent, has been hired as the 11th head coach in University of Evansville women’s basketball history. UE Director of Athletics Mark Spencer made the announcement Tuesday.
Scherr-Wells will be introduced as the Purple Aces head coach during a press conference inside Meeks Family Fieldhouse at 3 PM on Tuesday.
“We took this opportunity to do a national search and select a candidate that will lead us to the future,” said Spencer. “We believe Robyn is the perfect fit for UE and the program moving forward.”
Scherr-Wells has head coaching experience, coaching for seven seasons in the NAIA with Roosevelt University and Davenport University, winning six conference championships, while also helping rebuild programs at Florida International University and Davidson College as an assistant coach at the NCAA Division I level. Scherr-Wells comes to Evansville after spending the 2020-21 season as assistant coach at Florida International University, where she was part of a staff that helped lead the Panthers to their best record in nearly a decade.
The Panthers advanced to the postseason last season, earning a berth in the Women’s Basketball Invitational, advancing all the way to the consolation final where FIU captured a 59-58 win over Manhattan on a pair of free throws with less than one second remaining.
Scherr-Wells’ Panthers squad was one of the best offensive teams in the NCAA, averaging 73.7 points per game. FIU finished the 2020-21 season 41st in the nation in scoring offense. Aiding to the Panthers high-scoring offense was an excellent effort from beyond the arc, while also finishing inside the top 25 in NCAA Division I in three-point field goal attempts, total makes, three-point field goals made per game.
“We’re excited to welcome Coach Scherr-Wells to the University of Evansville,” said Evansville President Christopher M. Pietruszkiewicz. “She will make a great addition to the campus family and will help develop student-athletes who excel in the classroom and community, as well as on the court.”
Previous to FIU, Scherr-Wells spent three years as the top assistant at Davidson College where she helped rebuild a program that finished 12th in the Atlantic 10 prior to her arrival to a fourth-place finish in just her second year and aided the program to their first winning season and post-season berth (WBI) in six seasons in 2018-19. At Davidson, she recruited and coached six Atlantic 10 All-Conference Team selections, as well as one Most Improved Player, one Sixth Woman of the Year, and one Rookie of the Year.
“I am thrilled to lead Evansville Women’s Basketball. From the first conversation with the search committee, I knew UE was a perfect fit for me,” said Scherr-Wells. “UE provides our student-athletes the things I value most – uncompromising academics where our players learn in a tight-knit community and receive a highly regarded education, and a first-class athletic experience where winning is valued and expected. I cannot wait for our fans to see how exciting our team will be to watch. I am looking forward to building a winning tradition with our players and to showing our recruits what a special place the University of Evansville is.”
Scherr-Wells has extensive experience in building programs, serving as head coach for both Roosevelt University (Chicago) and Davenport University (Grand Rapids, Mich.). As a head coach, Scherr-Wells amassed a 144-83 (.634) record across seven seasons at the helm of two programs. In conference play, Scherr-Wells record was even more impressive, going 76-26 (.745) and winning three regular season and conference tournament championships.
A native of Glen Ellyn, Illinois, Scherr-Wells attended the University of Michigan where she joined the women’s basketball team. With the Wolverines, Scherr-Wells started as a manager/practice player during her freshman season and eventually earned an athletic scholarship as a sophomore for her role in that capacity for the squad. As a member of the Wolverines, Scherr-Wells was part of a team that earned three NCAA Tournament berths and made the postseason in each of her four seasons.
Beginning her coaching journey in 2005, Scherr-Wells returned to where it all started, serving as the administrative assistant for women’s basketball at the University of Michigan. With the Maize & Blue, Scherr-Wells served in various capacities with the team under the mentorship of a familiar face to The Valley. Scherr-Wells worked under Hall of Fame Missouri State Coach Cheryl Burnett, who coached the Lady Bears to eight NCAA Tournaments, including appearances in the Final Four in 1992 and 2001.
A 2001 graduate of the University of Michigan, Scherr-Wells finished with distinction and earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Movement Science and Athletic Training. She went on to earn a Master’s Degree of Business Administration from Roosevelt in 2014. She is married to Ryan Wells.
INDIANAPOLIS TENNIS: UIndy Women Remain Atop ITA Rankings, Men Hold Steady at 5th
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TEMPE, Ariz. – Both UIndy tennis programs hold on to their top-five positions in the latest Oracle ITA Division II Rankings., released Tuesday. The Greyhound women maintained their hold on the nation’s top spot, while the men remained at No. 5.
The UIndy women received seven of eight first-place votes, with the final first-place nod going to second-ranks Barry. The Greyhounds currently sport an unblemished 15-0 record on the season, including a 6-0 mark in GLVC play.
Also with an undefeated record in conference action, the Greyhound men own a 13-2 overall record. They are riding a ix-match win streak with the GLVC Championship Tournament coming at the end of the month.
INDIANAPOLIS BASEBALL: Werner, Waning Down Lions; Hounds Split on Day
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INDIANAPOLIS – The Greyhounds split their matchup against the #2 Lindenwood Lions at Greyhound Park on Tuesday, April 20. They took the first game 2-0 and dropped the second 3-0.
UIndy now holds a 14-14 record and is sitting at third in the GLVC Blue Division with a 12-8 record.
GAME ONE – UINDY 2 LWU 0
The Greyhounds defeated the #2 ranked Lions with strong defense and Reid Werner (5-2) taking control of the game with his third full game of the season, striking out six in walking one in 7.0 inning pitched. Werner also posted three putouts leading the Greyhounds defensively.
Senior Hunter Waning scored his third home run of the season, putting the Hounds up 2-0 in the top of the fourth, Trey Smith had scored off of an error by the Lindenwood catcher to kick off the Hounds offense in the first inning.
Waning led the Greyhounds offensively with two hits in three at bats, including his out of park slam.
Niko Marshall (2-1) took the loss for Lindenwood, striking out six and walking one in 5.0 inning pitched. Giving up four hits in taking the loss.
GAME TWO – UINDY 0 LWU 3
Trey Smith made it onto the base the most out of the pack of Hounds, walking twice and earning one hit.
Defensively the Greyhounds were led by Alex Vela who had six assists and John Carpinelli who had eight putouts.
Corey Bates (2-6) took the loss for the Greyhounds and pitched 5.2 innings, striking out six, walking three, and giving up five hits.
While Kyle Hentis (3-0) took the win for the Lions striking out three and walking three in 5.2 inning pitched.
The Hounds will host McKendree this upcoming weekend kicking off Friday, April 24 at 3 p.m. ET.
VALPO WOMEN’S GOLF: Women’s Golf Wraps Up Play at MVC Championship
The Valparaiso University women’s golf team concluded its 2020-2021 season on Tuesday afternoon at the MVC Championships, hosted at the par-71, 5987-yard Bogey Hills Country Club in St. Charles, Mo. Junior Morgan Kier (Brownsburg, Ind. / Brownsburg) and freshman Carly Schiene (Mokena, Ill. / Lincoln-Way Central) shared the team lead in Tuesday’s round, while junior Payton Hodson (Middleton, Wis. / Middleton) concluded the season with the team’s best scoring average.
How It Happened
Kier and Schiene both carded an 86 to share the team lead in Tuesday’s final round.
Kier finished the 54-hole event with a team-best 252 (82-84-86), tied for 34th in the field.
Sophomore Kelsey Eichenauer (North Manchester, Ind. / Manchester) was one stroke off the team lead in Tuesday’s round with an 87.
Hodson finalized her season scoring average at 82.24, the best on the team.
Evansville won the event with a 942, while Sophia Rohleder of the Purple Aces achieved individual medalist at 229.
Inside the Round
After starting the season with a career scoring average of 82.52 that already ranked eighth in program history, Hodson bettered that mark to 82.41 this year, still eighth all-time.
Kier had the fifth-best par-3 scoring average in the tournament at 3.27.
Hodson and Kier had two birdies apiece during the event, while Kier had a team-high 21 pars.
VALPO SOFTBALL: Softball Continues MVC Play This Week
Valparaiso (5-25, 1-15 MVC)
April 21 – at Loyola (8-22, 4-10 MVC) – 2 p.m.
April 24 – Drake (11-25, 5-10 MVC) – noon DH
April 25 – Drake – 11 a.m.
Next Up in Valpo Softball: The Valpo softball team continues Missouri Valley Conference play this week with four games over a five-day stretch. The week kicks off with a single game at Loyola Wednesday afternoon before the Brown and Gold return home for a three-game series against Drake this weekend.
Previously: Valpo dropped its final non-conference game of the regular season at Northern Illinois last Wednesday, and Missouri State took all three games of the Valley series over the weekend.
Looking Ahead: Valpo and Loyola will complete their three-game MVC series with a doubleheader at Valpo next Wednesday afternoon. Valpo then makes its final road trip of the regular season with a journey to Carbondale, Ill. next weekend to meet Southern Illinois for three games.
Following Valpo Softball: Wednesday’s doubleheader at Loyola will be broadcast live on ESPN+. Live stats for all five games this week will be available at ValpoAthletics.com.
Head Coach Kate Stake: Kate Stake was hired as head coach of the Valparaiso softball program on July 23, 2014 and is in her seventh season as head coach in 2021. Stake, who is 119-182 at Valpo, led Valpo to the 2016 Horizon League Championship and a berth in the NCAA Tournament – the third in program history. Stake arrived at Valpo with eight seasons of assistant coaching experience at the Division I level, most recently serving as an assistant at mid-major power Hofstra. She played her collegiate softball at fellow MVC member Illinois State and is a 2005 graduate of ISU.
Series Notes: Loyola – The second most common opponent in program history, Valpo and Loyola have met on the softball diamond 68 times entering this week, with the Ramblers holding a 42-26 advantage in the series. Valpo is 2-4 against Loyola since joining the MVC, and the Ramblers took all three games of the most recent meetings in 2019.
Drake – Valpo is just 1-11 all-time versus Drake, and the Bulldogs have won all six matchups between the two programs since Valpo joined the Valley.
Scouting the Opposition: Loyola – The Ramblers enter Wednesday at 8-22 overall and 4-10 in MVC play, most recently posting a 1-2 record last weekend in a home series versus UNI. Allyson Ivey hits a team-best .411 and leads LUC with 18 RBIs, while in the circle, Sydney Ruggles has tossed just over half the innings and is 4-11 with a 3.68 ERA.
Drake – The Bulldogs enter the week at 11-25 overall and 5-10 in Valley play, with a doubleheader against UNI
Valpo Picked Ninth in Preseason Poll: Valpo was tabbed to finish in ninth place in the MVC preseason polling of its head coaches. Valpo tallied 28 points in the polling, seven points out of eighth place. Southern Illinois topped the poll with 96 points and six first-place votes, while Illinois State received two first-place votes and Drake and UNI one apiece.
Looking Back at 2020: Valpo posted a 9-10 record in last year’s truncated campaign, a schedule which featured three wins over squads which had won their league title the previous season, four extra-inning games and eight one-run games. Sophomore Peyton Moeder led the offensive attack, hitting .310, while all three regular pitchers had ERAs under three, led by freshman Easton Seib’s 2.16 ERA.
What’s Back and What’s New: Valpo returns 12 letterwinners from last year’s squad, including eight regulars from the batting order. The Brown and Gold did graduate two of their three main pitchers, however, and return just 28.4% of last season’s innings pitched. Joining the team this season are eight freshmen – six position players and two pitchers.
Westphal Enjoys Strong Series: For the second straight weekend, junior Jaina Westphal enjoyed a strong series at the plate against a conference opponent. While she had her five-game MVC hitting streak snapped in the series finale versus Missouri State, she did still go 3-for-7 over the course of the three-game set against the Bears. This comes after Westphal went 5-for-7 with a homer the previous weekend in Valpo’s three games at UNI. The big numbers the last two weekends have boosted Westphal’s batting average in conference play to a team-best .361.
Herschbach Leads the Team: While she cooled down a bit at the plate last weekend, Herschbach still carries a team-high .314 batting average into this week’s set of five games. Herschbach went just 2-for-9 over the three-game series against Missouri State, but is still hitting at a .359 clip in Valley play. Herschbach has picked up at least one base hit in nine of the 14 Valley games she has an official at-bat in, including three multi-hit games. She went 4-for-5 with a walk in the three-game set against Indiana State, and two weekends ago, went 5-for-10 with a walk in the series at UNI.
Flawless Fielding: Senior Addi Burke has been surehanded manning second base for the Brown and Gold this year. Burke successfully fielded 11 chances (seven putouts, four assists) last weekend without committing an error, maintaining her 1.000 fielding percentage this year. Her perfect fielding percentage has come on 117 chances (55 putouts, 62 assists), third-most among MVC players with a 1.000 fielding percentage – the two players ahead of Burke are a first baseman and a catcher. Her 62 assists are good for sixth in the conference as well.
MIAMI SOFTBALL: RedHawks Split Series With Ball State in Dramatic Style
OXFORD, Ohio – The Miami University softball team saw its 20-game win streak come to an end on Tuesday, but remains in first place in the Mid-American Conference Standings following a dramatic come-from-behind win in game two versus Ball State. Miami moves to 27-7 overall and 17-1 in MAC play, while Ball State sits at 22-11, 16-1 MAC.
After dropping game one 4-2 to the Cardinals, and trailing 7-2 in the seventh inning of the night cap, Miami scored six runs in the bottom half of the inning, highlighted by a grand slam walk-off from Lily Wilmot to secure the victory.
How it Happened (Game One):
Karli Spaid provided Miami a 1-0 advantage with an RBI groundout in the bottom half of the third. Spaid did see her 19-game hit streak come to an end, going 0-for-2 in the contest.
Miami added a run in the fourth inning following a Holly Blaska RBI single to right field to bring around Mackenzie Moore.
The Cardinals, who went hitless through four innings, scored four runs in the top of the fifth to claim a 4-2 lead.
The RedHawks left a pair of runners on base in the fifth for its last major scoring opportunity.
How it Happened (Game Two):
Ball State scored the first five runs of game two and led 5-0 after two innings of play.
Allie Cummins picked up an RBI in the third with a single and a second RBI in the fifth with a fly out as Miami trailed 5-2.
Ball State added a pair the following inning and led 7-2.
The RedHawks answered with six runs in the bottom of the seventh for the crucial win. Maclai Branson got things started for the Red and White. The junior’s double down the left field line scored two as BSU’s lead was cut to 7-4. Cummins and Adriana Barlow then walked to load the bases to force a pitching change. Three pitches later, Wilmot hit a walk-off grand slam to give Miami an 8-7 victory.
Miami returns to action this Friday, April 23 in the first of four contests at Toledo. Opening pitch is slated for 3 p.m. versus the Rockets.
DAYTON MEN’S TENNIS: Men’s Tennis Finishes Regular Season With Win Over Wayne State Tuesday
DAYTON – The University of Dayton men’s tennis team finished off the regular season with a win over Wayne State 5-2 on Tuesday afternoon at Graul Tennis Complex.
“It’s been over three weeks since our last match,” head coach Ryan Meyer said. “It was great to get outdoors and play Wayne State today. We started a bit slow but picked up the pace as we got more comfortable. Hopefully this experience will carry over into A-10s next week.”
The Flyers are now 12-5 in 2021 and finish the regular season with a seven-match winning streak and a perfect 11-0 record at home after not competing in a match prior to Tuesday’s since March 28.
UD got the ball rolling in doubles play, taking two of three matches from the Warriors. Sophomores Connor Bruce and Max DeCurtins opened the match with a win in No. 1 doubles, taking a 6-1 victory over Dom Spicer and Luke Laws. Sophomore Matt DeMarco and senior Steven Karl took the point for Dayton with a 6-3 win in No. 2 doubles to give the Flyers a 1-0 lead.
Dayton would take four of six singles matches as well to earn the 5-2 victory. Bruce took the win in No. 1 singles over Spicer in straight sets 6-3, 6-0. Karl took the second singles flight over Daniel Gray, 7-5, 6-1 and Matt DeMarco won in No. 4 singles, also in straight sets 6-2, 6-1. Senior Will Harper would finish the afternoon with a straight-set victory over Donovan Nguyen, not allowing a point in a 6-0, 6-0 win in the sixth singles flight.
The Flyers will head to the Atlantic 10 Championship in at the USTA National Campus in Lake Nona, Fla. The championship will take place from Thursday, April 29 through Sunday, May 2.
XAVIER WOMEN’S BASKETBALL: Women’s Basketball Adds Clemson Transfer Mikayla Hayes
CINCINNATI – Xavier women’s basketball head coach Melanie Moore announced the signing of Clemson transfer Mikayla Hayes on Tuesday.
“Mikayla is a long and athletic post player who is skilled on the block and can hit the free-throw jumper,” said Moore. “She does a great job of rebounding out of her area and will add high level experience to our post group. She believes in our vision and will make an immediate impact in our program.”
Hayes spent three seasons at Clemson (2018-21), playing in 56 games. She averaged 2.7 points and 2.6 rebounds per game.
The center added 19 blocks, 13 assists and eight steals. She scored a career-high 13 points on Jan. 26, 2020 vs Virginia Tech and grabbed a career-high nine rebounds vs Syracuse on Jan. 24, 2021.
Hayes increased her shooting percentage by nearly 10 percent from 2019-20 to 2020-21 (.438 vs .528).
The Minneapolis, Minn., native started her career at Florida in 2017-18. She played in 30 games, averaging 2.0 points and 1.9 rebounds per game.
IU EAST MEN’S GOLF: MEN’S GOLF: IU EAST AT RSC CHAMPIONSHIP RECAP
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FLORENCE, Ind. – The Indiana University East men’s golf team brought home a vanful of hardware from the River States Conference Championship.
IU East claimed the team runner-up plaque by rallying for second place in the final team standings with a strong final round April 20 at Belterra Resort. It’s IU East’s best team finish at the conference tournament since a runner-up finish in 2010.
IU East’s Jake Miller finished as individual runner-up after a one-hole playoff. Miller and Midway’s Logan Conn finished the 54-event with 2-under-par scores of 211. Miller earned a spot on the All-RSC first team and also was named the league’s Newcomer of the Year.
“I couldn’t ask for any more than what we got today,” said IU East coach Jeff Williams. “I thought we did a great job playing our best golf at the right time. You want to play your best at the conference tournament, and that’s what we did.”
Red Wolf golfers have literally never played better at a 54-hole spring event.
IU East broke the program record for best 54-hole spring team score by one shot. The Red Wolves’ final team score of 927 was second only to team champion Midway’s 893.
Miller obliterated the program record for best 54-hole spring individual score. He and Conn engaged in an impressive can-you-top-this matchup down the stretch of the final round. Both players birdied the 17th and 18th holes of regulation to finish in a deadlock that took extra holes to decide.
“Jake is just Jake,” Williams said. “He birdied three of his last five holes, but so did his opponent. It was one of those deals where it was a shame only one person could be medalist.”
Every player in the IU East lineup shot in the 70s in the final round. Caleb Waugh posted a 75 and moved up 14 spots on the leaderboard to 21st in the final standings.
“I was extremely proud of Caleb, in his final round, he shot 75, and I was pretty excited to watch him come down 18 and birdie his last college hole,” Williams said.
Sam Roberts shot 77 and moved up six spots to tie Waugh for 21st. Kyle Cochran and Conrad Emmons both posted 79s.
Waugh represented IU East on the RSC Champions of Character team.
“We saw today how good we have to be if we want to win it,” Williams concluded. “And now it’s our job to get to that level.”
MARIAN SOFTBALL: MARIAN FENDS OFF GAME TWO COUGAR COMEBACK, SPLITS AT MOUNT VERNON
Mount Vernon, Ohio – The Marian softball team held off a furious comeback from Mount Vernon Nazarene in Tuesday’s second game, securing a 4-3 win as the Knights split their doubleheader with the Cougars. Marian lost in game one to MVNU 5-1 before snapping their three-game losing streak with the game two win. Marian is now 33-11 overall, and 22-6 in Crossroads League play.
Game 1 | Mt. Vernon 5-1 Marian
Mount Vernon brought home the first runs of the doubleheader in the bottom of the second, capitalizing on a three-hit frame. The Cougars scored both runs with two-outs, with Kylee Matern driving in two runs on a double to give the home team the early 2-0 lead. After getting the Knights out in order in the top of the third, the Cougars again brought home two runs in the third, tagging four hits off of Sydney Wilson.
An error gave MVNU a free out to load the bases after Wilson allowed a double and single to lead-off the third, and gave opportunities to Sam Collier and Callie Cline to produce RBI base hits. The Knights would answer with their first run of the day in the top of the fourth as Sierra Norman doubled to center to score Kassidi Cadle making it a three-run deficit, but an error to open the defensive half of the inning killed the Knights’ momentum, with Mt. Vernon adding an insurance run to make it a 5-1 game.
The Knights had mutliple chances in each of the final three innings to mount a comeback, recording a pair of hits in both the fifth and sixth innings, but Mt. Vernon’s Macee Marcum shutdown Marian in each inning with a runner in scoring position. In the seventh Marian picked up a one-out single from Caitlyn Phillips as they made one final comeback attempt, but the rally effort shortly ended after Marcum forced back to back groundouts to end the first game.
Wilson took the loss in game one, allowing five runs on 10 hits. Three of the five runs were earned, and Wilson struckout two batters. Shelbie Stotts led Marian at the plate with two hits and scored the lone run of the game for Marian, and Phillips also had two hits.
Game 2 | Marian 4-3 Mt. Vernon
The first five innings in game two belonged to the pitchers, as Abigail McPherson and Sheridan Sullivan combined to allow just six hits through five complete. Both teams picked up a hit in the first inning the Knights’ coming off the bat of Cadle, but neither squad was able to make due with the hit. Mt. Vernon would pick up a hit in both the second and third innings, failing to score after McPherson shut down each inning.
MVNU threatened in both the fourth and fifth innings picking up runners on McPherson walks and hit batters. McPherson settled after issuing free passes in the fourth getting an inning ending strikeout to strand runners in scoring position, while in the fifth relied on three ground balls to the left side to come out unharmed. Marian’s bats came back to life in the fifth inning after going three straight without a hit, but Sarah Kush and Mady Foster were both left in scoring position as Sullivan forced two infield outs.
With new life in their bats after a productive fifth inning, Marian’s top of the order delivered for a three-run sixth, mounting five hits in their big inning. A single from Savannah Harweger led off the frame, and she scored a handful of pitches later after Cadle tripled down the left field line. Stotts dropped a safety squeeze to score Cadle, and the inning continued with a Sierra Norman double. Lauren Landes came on to run for Norman as the Knights aimed to add to the lead, as the junior scored on a Kush RBI double. Stotts recorded an RBI single in the seventh to give Marian an insurance run, giving the Knights a 4-0 lead entering the bottom of the seventh.
The Cougars made a rally in the bottom of the seventh inning, picking up back to back one-out singles to pick up two base runners. McPherson lost a battle to Kaycee Ollis and walked the catcher to load the bases, forcing a pitching change. Mount Vernon continued to stay hot as Maddison Ruhl tagged reliever Jaylah Guilliam for a two-RBI single, with Marcum delivering an RBI single one batter later. With the lead chopped down to one run, Guilliam dug deep and forced a flyout to right to get the second out, before forcing Mackenzie Hancock to ground out back to the circle for the game’s final out.
McPherson earned the win in the Knights game-two victory, going 6.1 innings allowing six hits and three runs. Guilliam made the save and allowed two hits in her two-thirds of an inning, notching her third save of the season. Cadle led Marian at the plate with a 3-4 game two outing, while Stotts went 2-4 with two RBI. Kush also had two hits on the day, as Marian finished 11 in game two.
The Knights are scheduled to host Saint Mary’s of the Woods on Thursday afternoon, as they return home for the first of their final three home doubleheaders. Game one is slated for a 3 p.m. start time.
HCAC Spring 2021 Football Notebook, Week 7
Athletes of the Week:
Josh Taylor (Mt. Orab, Ohio) Mount St. Joseph University | Quarterback | First Year – Taylor capped off his fantastic first season at The Mount with quite possibly the best passing day on his young career. In what ended up being an extremely tight game for the Lions at Manchester, Taylor went 25-42 passing for 402 yards and four touchdowns. He also ran the ball 10 times for 60 yards and a score.
Rashard Brown (Columbia, S.C.) Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology | Defensive Back | Sophomore – Brown hauled in three interceptions for the most in a game by a Rose-Hulman player since 2010 – helping the Fightin’ Engineers record a shutout in a 35-0 victory at Bluffton. He also had three tackles in the contest. Brown recorded five interceptions in the last two games of the 2020-21 season and had 45 interception return yards in the Bluffton win. Rose-Hulman’s defense forced five turnovers on the day.
Carter Brown (New Castle, Ind.) Franklin College | Kicker | Junior – Brown went 4-for-4 on extra points and booted a 25-yard field goal as part of Franklin’s 31-18 win over Defiance in the spring finale.
- Daylon Lange (Celina, Ohio) Defiance College | Quarterback | Sophomore – In Defiance’s 31-18 loss at Franklin last Saturday, DC quarterback Lange completed 22-of-36 passes for 307 yards and two touchdowns. Lange also rushed for 27 yards. His passing completions, attempts and yardage against the Grizzlies were all season highs.
- Richard Pope IV (Holly Hill, Fla.) Defiance College | Defensive Lineman | First Year – In Defiance’s 31-18 loss at Franklin last Saturday, Pope had 12 total tackles, including seven solos, 3.5 for loss and 1.5 sacks. He also was credited with one quarterback hurry.
- Ryan Poole (Lebanon, Ind.) Franklin College | Wide Receiver | Junior – Poole found the end zone each time he hauled in a pass on Saturday against Defiance, catching three passes for 82 yards and three touchdowns. He became the first FC wideout since 2018 to catch three TD passes in a game and added 28 yards in the return game to give him 110 all-purpose yards for the day.
- Dante Darden (Logansport, Ind.) Franklin College | Defensive End | Junior – Darden set a career-high with 10 tackles, making seven solo stops and recording 3.5 tackles for loss in Franklin’s 31-18 win over Defiance on Saturday. He recorded one sack to give him a team-leading 5.5 for the spring season.
- Bryce Tomasi (Mishawaka, Ind.) Manchester University | Quarterback | Senior – Tomasi led the Spartan on a fervent comeback trail against MSJ on Saturday. Trailing by 23 with 4:17 left in the game, Tomasi helped engineer a near heroic upset of the Lions. Threw three touchdown passes in the game’s final minutes, connecting on strikes of 36, 13, and 20-yards respectively. Completed 1-of-2 two-point conversions to nearly force overtime. Hit Evan Vizcarra from 20-yards out with 1.7 seconds to give MU a shot at a game-tying two-point conversion which the Lions were able to stop. Playing in his final game for Manchester, Tomasi finished 13-of-18 for 202 yards and four TDs.
- Julius Fisher (St. Mary’s, Ohio) Mount St. Joseph University | Linebacker | Junior – Fisher had an outstanding all-around game for the Lions depleted defense against Manchester. He led the team with 10 tackles (seven solo), three tackles for a loss and a sack. For good measure he added a forced fumble and a pass breakup.
- Max Suchomski (Knoxville, Tenn.) Mount St. Joseph University | Punter | Sophomore – Suchomski hit three outstanding punts for the Lions on Saturday. Totaling 128 yards, averaging 42.7 with a long 60 yards. With one being downed inside the 20 and zero touchbacks.
- Shane Welshans (Robards, Ky.) Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology | Running Back | Junior – Welshans rushed for 236 yards on 36 carries with two touchdowns to help Rose-Hulman defeat Bluffton 35-0 and complete a 4-1 season. Welshans’ 236 rushing yards ranks No. 2 in a single game in Rose-Hulman history, behind a 246-yard mark by Kyle Kovach in 2011. Welshans scored all three of Rose-Hulman’s first half touchdowns by also catching a pass from Andrew Dion, helping the Engineers lead 21-0 at the break.
- Adam Clark (Sherman, Ill.) Rose-Hulman institute of Technology | Kicker | Senior – Clark finished 5-6 total on kicks Saturday, including 5-5 on extra points, in Rose-Hulman’s 35-0 win over Bluffton.
Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota and Northwestern Earn Big Ten Weekly Softball Awards
Co-Player of the Week
Delaney Rummell, Illinois
So. – IF – Gilberts, Ill. – Hampshire – Major: Recreation, Sport & Tourism
• NFCA Division I National Player of the Week
• Posted a .750 batting average, 1.250 slugging percentage and .692 on-base percentage in last weekend’s series victory over Purdue, collecting in nine hits (four for extra bases, including a home run) and 10 RBI
• Had nearly half of team’s 21 RBI during the four-game series, highlighted by a career-high five RBI in April 16 series-opening win
• Recorded multiple hits in three of the four games, including 3-for-3 outings in the first and third games
• Earns her first career Player of the Week honor
• Last Illinois Player of the Week: Bella Loya (Feb. 25. 2019)
Co-Player of the Week
Gabbi Jenkins, Indiana
Grad. – OF – Floyds Knobs, Ind. – Floyd Central – Graduate Program: Educational Leadership
• Registered a .714 batting average, 1.000 slugging percentage and .750 on-base percentage in helping the Hoosiers take three of four games from visiting Ohio State last weekend
• Had 10 hits (four doubles), six RBI and five runs in the series, including three hits in each of the final three games against the Buckeyes
• Added two stolen bases and now owns school’s career record with 93 thefts
• A three-time Big Ten Distinguished Scholar and Academic All-Big Ten selection (2018, 2019, 2020)
• Secures her first career Player of the Week accolade
• Last Indiana Player of the Week: Maddie Westmoreland (April 23, 2018)
Co-Pitcher of the Week
Alex Storako, Michigan
Jr. – RHP – Frankfort, Ill. – Lincoln Way East – Major: Sport Management
• Went 3-0 with a 0.00 ERA, a complete-game shutout and a combined shutout in 15.0 innings last week, striking out 29 batters without a walk
• Tossed a complete-game three-hit shutout in the opener of an April 17 doubleheader sweep of Maryland, recording 11 strikeouts
• Added nine strikeouts each in four-inning performances on April 14 against Michigan State (also didn’t allow a hit in relief) and Sunday vs. Maryland (allowed two hits as part of five-inning combined shutout)
• Named to 2020 Academic All-Big Ten Team
• Collects her fourth career Pitcher of the Week plaudit and third this season
• Last Michigan Pitcher of the Week: Alex Storako (April 13, 2021)
Co-Pitcher of the Week
Danielle Williams, Northwestern
Jr. – LHP – Pleasanton, Calif. – Amador Valley – Major: Human Development
• Went 2-0 with one save and a 0.00 ERA last week, posting 20 strikeouts and three walks in 14.2 innings during last weekend’s series victory at Iowa
• Tossed the fifth perfect game in school history on April 16, the first seven-inning perfect game in Big Ten play since April 1, 2009 (Iowa’s Brittany Weil vs. Illinois) and the first seven-inning perfect game by a Wildcat pitcher since April 28, 1984 (Lisa Ishikawa vs. Michigan State)
• Ultimately retired the first 32 Hawkeye batters she faced during the weekend
• Garners her fifth career Pitcher of the Week citation and second this season
• Last Northwestern Pitcher of the Week: Danielle Williams (March 2, 2021)
Freshman of the Week
Sara Kinch, Minnesota
C – Temecula, Calif. – Great Oak – Major: Undeclared
• Led the Golden Gophers in nearly all offensive categories during last weekend’s series victory over visiting Nebraska
• Batted .600 with a 1.600 slugging percentage and .714 on-base percentage, hitting home runs in three different games and driving in six runs
• Had career-high three hits and scored the winning run in April 16 series-opening victory over the Huskers
• Receives her second career Freshman of the Week award
• Last Minnesota Freshman of the Week: Sara Kinch (March 16, 2021)
Iowa, Minnesota and Rutgers Earn Baseball Weekly Honors
Hawkeyes’ Norman named Player of the Week; Gophers’ Liffrig earned Pitcher of the Week; Scarlet Knights’ Lasko captured Freshman of the Week
Player of the Week
Ben Norman, Iowa
OF – Sr. – Des Moines, Iowa – Roosevelt
- Hit .400 (6-of-15) with two home runs, eight RBI and six runs scored in leading the Hawkeyes to a 3-1 weekend at Rutgers and their fourth-straight series win
- Slugged .867 and posted a .474 on-base percentage in four games, extending his on-base streak to 13 games
- Went 2-for-4 with a home run and three runs scored in the April 16 series opener, before hitting a three-run home run and finishing with four RBI in Sunday’s series finale
- The Academic All-Big Ten honoree wins his first career Big Ten Player of the Week award
- Last Iowa Big Ten Player of the Week: Zeb Adreon (April 29, 2019)
Pitcher of the Week
Jack Liffrig, Minnesota
P – So. – Highlands Ranch, Colo. – Mountain Vista
- Pitched seven shutout innings against No. 25 Michigan on April 17
- Allowed just two hits and one walk while striking out a career-high eight batters
- The seven innings pitched tied his career high
- Wins his first career Big Ten Pitcher of the Week award
- Last Minnesota Big Ten Pitcher of the Week: Max Meyer (March 2, 2020)
Freshman of the Week
Ryan Lasko, Rutgers
OF – Jackson, N.J. – Jackson Memorial
- Tallied five RBI on five hits and scored six runs while batting .333 last weekend against Iowa to help the Scarlet Knights snap the Hawkeyes’ seven-game winning streak
- Had four RBI on a three-run homer and sacrifice fly in the series opener on April 16
- Reached base 4-of-5 times with two hits, a walk and a hit by pitch, scoring three runs in Sunday’s 8-7 comeback win
- Wins his third Big Ten Freshman of the Week award and second in as many weeks
- Last Rutgers Big Ten Freshman of the Week: Ryan Lasko (April 13, 2021)
HIGH SCHOOL GIRLS WRESTLING: Separate Weight Classes for Girls, Choice of Weight Classes Established in High School Wrestling
States will have a choice of 12, 13 or 14 weight classes for both boys and girls competition in high school wrestling, effective with the 2023-24 season.
This will be the first separate weight classes established for girls in high school wrestling, and it marks the first time that state associations will have a choice in the number of weight classes.
The landmark change in weight classes was one of several significant revisions recommended by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Wrestling Rules Committee at its April 7-9 meeting held virtually this year. All recommendations were subsequently approved by the NFHS Board of Directors.
States must select one of the three sets (12, 13 or 14) of weight classes for girls and one of the three sets (12, 13 or 14) for boys. States cannot adopt all three sets and cannot switch back and forth during the season.
The following weight classes (in pounds) were established for girls competition (girls wrestling girls), effective July 1, 2023:
12 Weight Classes – 100, 107, 114, 120, 126, 132, 138, 145, 152, 165, 185, 235.
13 Weight Classes – 100, 106, 112, 118, 124, 130, 136, 142, 148, 155, 170, 190, 235.
14 Weight Classes – 100, 105, 110, 115, 120, 125, 130, 135, 140, 145, 155, 170, 190, 235.
The following weight classes (in pounds) were established for boys competition (boys wrestling boys or girls wrestling boys), effective July 1, 2023:
12 Weight Classes – 108, 116, 124, 131, 138, 145, 152, 160, 170, 190, 215, 285
13 Weight Classes – 107, 114, 121, 127, 133, 139, 145, 152, 160, 172, 189, 215, 285
14 Weight Classes – 106, 113, 120, 126, 132, 138, 144, 150, 157, 165, 175, 190, 215, 285
“Previous surveys have indicated a varying number of weight classes that states wanted, so the committee attempted to meet the needs of as many people as possible,” said Elliot Hopkins, NFHS director of sports and student services and liaison to the Wrestling Rules Committee. “We have more and more state associations sponsoring girls wrestling and holding state championships for girls, so the committee believed it was time to establish uniform weight classifications for girls.
“The recommended weights were established based upon more than 215,000 assessments from the National Wrestling Coaches Association. We are excited about these changes to weight classes in high school wrestling as we believe it will provide more opportunities for male and female student-athletes to be involved in this great sport.”
In another major change affecting risk minimization, a separate 5-minute time-out has been established for the onsite health-care professional to evaluate potential head and neck injuries involving the cervical column (HNC) and/or nervous system.
“There was a desire to establish a separate injury time-out that concerns the head and neck involving the cervical column and/or nervous system and not connect it with the existing 1½-minute injury time-outs or any other stoppage of the match,” Hopkins said. “This separate time-out is supported and covered in existing rules that give the referee the authority to observe the signs, symptoms and behaviors of a concussion and respond appropriately.”
As a result of the separate HNC time-out, which takes effect next year, a number of other rules in the 2021-22 NFHS Wrestling Rules Book will be altered.
The other significant change in high school wrestling rules for 2021-22 addresses the number of matches allowed in one day of competition. Currently, no wrestler shall represent the school in more than one weight class in any meet or wrestle in more than five matches, excluding forfeits, in any one day of competition.
A change provides an exception to Rule 1-4-3 as follows: “No wrestler shall wrestle in more than six matches (championship or consolation), excluding forfeits, in any one day of a tournament conducted by the state high school association for qualification to the state high school championships or the specific state championships.”
This change was enacted as a result of a successful experiment by the Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association. Hopkins said that increasing the number of matches from five to six would allow postseason tournaments with more than eight competitors in a weight class to complete the tournament in one day. He said, in many cases, this change would eliminate the need for schools to stay overnight to participate in respective state qualifying tournaments and state championship events.
“Since this exception would only allow six matches per day to be wrestled in the postseason qualifying tournament or state championship event, the impact on the total number of matches that an individual wrestles in an entire season would be minimal,” Hopkins said. “We do not want to extend this change to the regular season, and this exception would not come into play for the majority of participants.”
Two other minor changes were made in the rules for next year. Rule 4-5-7 no longer will require low-cut socks to be worn as a part of the weigh-in procedure, and one change was made in Rule 5-1-1 dealing with choice of position during bad time.
A complete listing of the wrestling rules changes will be available on the NFHS website at www.nfhs.org. Click on “Activities & Sports” at the top of the home page and select “Wrestling.”
According to the most recent NFHS High School Athletics Participation Survey, wrestling is the seventh-most popular sport for boys with 247,441 participants in 10,843 schools. In addition, a total of 21,124 girls are involved in the sport in 2,890 schools.
HIGH SCHOOL SWIMMING: Standing Forward Takeoffs Approved in High School Swimming and Diving Rules
In an effort to increase participation in high school swimming and diving, standing forward takeoffs have been approved, effective with the 2021-22 school year.
This significant addition to high school diving was one of several rules changes recommended by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Swimming and Diving Rules Committee at its March 21-23 meeting held virtually this year. All of the committee’s recommended rules revisions were subsequently approved by the NFHS Board of Directors.
The addition to Rule 9-5-2 states that for standing takeoffs, “the diver will assume a starting position that includes an upright head and body with arms straight and in a position of the diver’s choice. The diver may move the arms to various preparatory positions provided there is no attempt to start the dive.”
The new language also notes that just before or after the starting position is assumed, the diver shall stop oscillating the board. For standing takeoffs, the diver cannot oscillate the board more than four times, cannot let one or both feet leave the board during an oscillation prior to the final spring from the board, and cannot permit an oscillation to be too large to disrupt the tempo of the dive.
“The standing forward takeoff is a critical part of the educational process in teaching new dives,” said Sandy Searcy, NFHS director of sports and liaison to the NFHS Swimming and Diving Rules Committee. “This provision allows divers to participate in competition sooner, even if they have not mastered all parts of the dive, and it encourages growth in the sport.”
A new article in Rule 9-3 notes that if a diver elects to perform a standing forward takeoff, he or she must declare intent to the diving referee before performing the dive. When a diver performs a standing forward takeoff, a two-point penalty is assessed since all components of the dive are not being completed. In addition, if a diver doesn’t declare intent to perform a standing takeoff, it will be an unsatisfactory dive, and the diver will receive a score no higher than two points.
In other diving rules changes, Rule 9-2-1 now allows for diving boards to be open for practice during championship meets if breaks between sessions extend longer than 10 minutes – unless the meet director establishes specific guidelines prior to the start of competition. A change in Rule 3-3-5c now permits divers to use temporary adhesives during competitions.
In addition, a new Rule 9-6-4 states that if a dive is executed other than that which was announced, and is properly listed on the scoresheet, it will be judged as a correct dive and considered an announcer error. If the diver completes a dive as announced and it is determined that the announcer was in error, the diver will be allowed to immediately perform the correct dive.
Among changes in swimming rules, new Rule 3-3-5 permits competitors, for religious reasons, to wear suits that provide full body coverage without obtaining prior state association authorization – as long as the suit meet requirements in Rule 3-3-4b(1-3). The NFHS Swimming and Diving Rules Committee is the fifth NFHS sports rules committee to adopt or adjust a rule this year related to the wearing of equipment for religious purposes.
A revision in Rule 3-2-5 now states that in relays, the leadoff swimmer must be declared at the specified time and place prior to the start of the event.
TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY
1898 In a game against the Giants, Philadelphia Nationals’ pitcher Bill Duggelby hits a grand slam in his first major league at-bat. Bobby Bonds will hit one in his first game in his third at-bat, but Duggleby’s feat will not be accomplished again until August 31st, 2005 when Jeremy Hermida of the Marlins goes yard with the bases full.
1900 At Schorling’s Park on Chicago’s south side, the White Sox, as a minor league team, play their first game in franchise history, losing to Milwaukee, 5-4. The small wooden ballpark located at 39th and Princeton, also known as Southside Park, will continue to be the Windy City home for the team when they join the American League next season.
1910 In front of 19,867 of the Tribe’s faithful, Detroit right-hander Ed Willett spoils the team’s debut in League Park, blanking Cleveland, 5-0. The ballpark, located at E. 66th and Lexington Avenue, will serve as the franchise’s full-time home until the club moves during the 1932 season to Municipal Stadium.
1925 No games are played in the National League due to the funeral for Dodger owner Charles Ebbets, who died three days ago. Edward McKeever, who became president of the Brooklyn club upon the death of the owner, contracts pneumonia at the services for his business partner and will be dead in eight days.
1944 After hitting just one home run in his last 297 games, Mike Kreevich hits two round-trippers in the Browns’ 5-3 victory over Chicago at Sportsman’s Park. The 35 year-old right fielder will finish the season with five homers for the eventual American League champs.
1946 Frank Hayes establishes a major league record for catchers when he plays the last of his 312 consecutive games behind the plate. The 31 year-old Indian backstop’s streak began on October 2, 1943, when he started for the Browns on the final day of the season at Yankee Stadium.
1948 Returning after serving his one-year suspension from baseball, Dodger manager Leo Durocher uses 24 players in a 9-5 loss to the Giants. The controversial ‘Lip’ had been suspended last April by commissioner Happy Chandler for an assortment of actions deemed detrimental to baseball.
1951 At Griffith Stadium, Gil Coan hits two triples in the Senators’ seven-run sixth inning in an 8-7 loss to New York. The Washington left fielder will be the last major leaguer to accomplish the feat until Rockies’ leadoff hitter Cory Sullivan collects a pair of three-baggers in one frame in 2006.
1959 At Wrigley Field, Stan Musial breaks up Glen Hobbie’s no-hitter with a two-out seventh-inning double. The 23 year-old right-hander settles for a one-hitter, going the distance in the Cubs’ 1-0 victory over the Cardinals.
1961 The Twins, formerly known as the Washington Senators before moving to Minnesota, play their first home game, losing to the ‘new’ expansion Washington Senators, 5-3 in front of a crowd of 24,606 at Metropolitan Stadium. The club’s move to the North Star State will attract 1,256,723 fans, third-best in the American League, and far better than their last season in the nation’s capital, where the team drew only 743,404 fans, the worst gate in the league.
1966 The Phillies obtain Larry Jackson and Bob Buhl from the Cubs in exchange for future Hall of Fame hurler Ferguson Jenkins, outfielder Adolfo Phillips, and first baseman/outfielder John Herrnstein. The pair of right-handers will post a 47-53 record collectively for Philadelphia as Chicago’s new moundsman will win twenty or more games for six consecutive seasons starting in 1967.
1967 Rain postpones a game for the first time since the Dodgers opened its stadium in Chavez Ravine in 1962. The postponement of their scheduled game against St. Louis ends a streak of 737 consecutive contests at Dodger Stadium without a washout.
1972 In the first American League game ever played in Texas, the transplanted Washington franchise, now known as the Rangers, beat California, 7-3. The club, managed by Ted Williams, will play their home schedule at Arlington Stadium, which was formerly known as Turnpike Stadium, a ballpark located between Fort Worth and Dallas.
1989 After helping to arrange a syndicate to purchase the controlling interest in the Rangers for $89 million, George W. Bush, who also bought into the deal with a small stake of $500,000, convinces the investor group to make him managing general partner. The future president of the United States will become the public face of the team, with co-general partner Edward W ‘Rusty’ Rose handling financial matters of the club.
1990 The Reds beat the Braves at Riverfront Stadium, 8-1, for their ninth consecutive victory since Opening Day. The eventual World Champions’ winning streak is the best start in club history.
1994 At the Metrodome, switch-hitting DH Eddie Murray knocks a home run from both sides of the plate in the Indians’ 10-6 win over the Twins. ‘Steady Eddie’ has gone deep batting both left-handed and right-handed in the same game eleven times, breaking the previous record established by Yankee legend Mickey Mantle in 1964.
1996 En route to hitting 50 home runs this season, Oriole outfielder Brady Anderson leads off his fourth consecutive game with a round-tripper when he goes deep off Darren Oliver in the team’s 9-6 loss to the Rangers at The Ballpark in Arlington. Despite their leadoff man’s heroics, Baltimore goes 0-4 in those games.
1997 The Devil Rays sign Rolando Arrojo, the former ace of the Cuban National Team. The 28 year-old right-hander, who defected from his homeland just before the start of the 1996 Summer Olympics, will set a record for wins by an expansion pitcher with 14 victories.
2000 Due to the of umpires’ equipment going to New York, instead of Cincinnati, the Reds’ game against the Dodgers starts 27 minutes later than scheduled. A downtown store supplies the replacement gear, but due to heavy traffic, the goods arrive at Cinergy Field with the assistance of a police escort.
2002 Atlanta shortstop Rafael Furcal ties a major league record, which was last previously done by White Sox outfielder Lance Johnson in 1995, by hitting three triples in a game. The previous Braves player to hit three three-baggers in one contest was Danny O’Connell, who accomplished the feat at County Stadium in 1956 when the team played in Milwaukee.
2006 Kansas City names the Kauffman Stadium Press Box after Hall of Fame writer and former Royals board member, Joe McGuff. The 1984 J.G. Taylor Spink Award Winner died in February at the age of 79 after battling amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, commonly refer to as Lou Gehrig’s disease.
2012 Phillip Humber’s first major league complete game is baseball’s twenty-first perfect game when he retires all 27 Mariners he faces in the White Sox’ 4-0 victory at Safeco Field. The 29 year-old right-hander, who had Tommy John surgery in 2005, is the third Pale Hose pitcher to accomplish perfection, joining Mark Buehrle (2009 vs. Tampa Bay) and Charles Robertson (1932 vs. Detroit).
2014 Although he breaks his bat on the swing, Ike Davis becomes the first major leaguer to hit a grand slam for two different teams in April when he homers off Mike Leake, helping the Pirates defeat the Reds, 6-5, at PNC Park. Before being traded by the Mets to Pittsburgh earlier in the month, the 27 year-old first baseman went deep against another Cincinnati hurler, J.J. Hoover, for a walk-off slam in the bottom of the ninth at Citi Field.
2015 Celebrating the 150th anniversary year of their first meeting, Wesleyan and Yale, the Connecticut schools believed to have played the first college baseball contest using the rules which resemble today’s game, meet at New Haven’s Yale Field. The Bulldogs, unlike their 39-13 rout in 1865, only beat their Middletown rivals, 7-3, improving their record in the intercollegiate series to 62-18-2.
2016 Cubs right-hander Jake Arrieta tosses a no-hitter in the Cubs’ 16-0 rout over the Reds at Cincinnati’s Great American Ball Park. The Chicago ace becomes the second pitcher, joining Johnny Vander Meer, who threw consecutive no-hitters in 1938, to go unbeaten between no-no’s, having not lost in his last 17 regular-season starts since his gem against the Dodgers last season.
2018 Sean Manaea tosses the 12th no-hitter in A’s franchise history and the first since southpaw Dallas Braden’s perfect game in 2010, when he keeps the opponents hitless in the team’s 3-0 victory over the 17-2 Red Sox at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum. The 26 year old southpaw’s performance ends Boston’s run of 3,987 games without being no-hit, a streak dating back Mariners’ Chris Bosio’s no-no against the club at the Kingdome on April 22, 1993.
BASEBALL BIOGRAPHY-BART GIAMATTI
After being successfully elected to replace the immensely popular Peter Ueberroth, A. Bartlett Giamatti was responsible for reorganizing the administrative roles and duties in Major League Baseball. Giamatti, like Frick, had a strong background in journalism that ultimately helped him to deal with the ongoing pressures of media relations.
After receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree in English (magna cum laude) from Yale University, Giamatti went on to receive his Ph.D. from Yale in Comparative Literature in 1964. Following graduation, he obtained a position as an instructor of Italian and Comparative Literature at Princeton University, but later returned to Yale to join the faculty as an assistant professor of English. He became a full professor in 1971 and served as the director of the Division of Humanities from 1975-1978. In July of that year, he achieved the ultimate award from his Alma Mater after being elected the president of the university where he served for ten years. In 1986, he was named the 12th president of the National League.
After his unanimous election to the position of Major League Baseball Commissioner, Giamatti reorganized the administration by creating a deputy commissioner position in which he appointed Fay Vincent to fill. Perhaps the most famous issue handled by Giamatti in his short career was the agreement with Cincinnati manager and baseball’s all-time hit leader Pete Rose that resulted in a lifetime suspension on August 23, 1989. The agreement came after a lengthy investigation and court battle regarding gambling by Rose. (A charge that he continued to deny until 2004.)
Unfortunately, Giamatti’s legacy was cut short after he died of a heart attack at his summer home in Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts in 1989.
|Boston||12||6||.667||–||6 – 5||6 – 1||7 – 3||5 – 3||0 – 0||7 – 3||W 2|
|Tampa Bay||10||8||.556||2||3 – 4||7 – 4||5 – 4||2 – 0||1 – 3||6 – 4||W 5|
|Baltimore||8||9||.471||3.5||1 – 6||7 – 3||4 – 5||0 – 0||3 – 4||4 – 6||W 1|
|Toronto||7||10||.412||4.5||3 – 3||4 – 7||4 – 3||1 – 3||2 – 4||4 – 6||L 3|
|NY Yankees||6||10||.375||5||4 – 6||2 – 4||5 – 10||0 – 0||0 – 0||3 – 7||W 1|
|Kansas City||9||7||.563||–||7 – 5||2 – 2||3 – 3||2 – 2||4 – 2||6 – 4||L 2|
|Chi White Sox||9||9||.500||1||3 – 3||6 – 6||2 – 2||4 – 3||3 – 4||5 – 5||W 1|
|Cleveland||8||8||.500||1||4 – 2||4 – 6||0 – 0||7 – 6||0 – 0||5 – 5||L 1|
|Detroit||6||10||.375||3||3 – 3||3 – 7||0 – 0||3 – 6||3 – 4||3 – 7||L 4|
|Minnesota||6||10||.375||3||2 – 5||4 – 5||1 – 3||2 – 1||1 – 5||2 – 8||L 3|
|Oakland||11||7||.611||–||7 – 6||4 – 1||0 – 0||6 – 0||2 – 5||10 – 0||W 10|
|Seattle||11||7||.611||–||6 – 5||5 – 2||3 – 1||3 – 3||2 – 1||7 – 3||L 1|
|LA Angels||9||6||.600||0.5||6 – 3||3 – 3||2 – 1||5 – 3||2 – 2||5 – 5||W 1|
|Texas||8||10||.444||3||3 – 6||5 – 4||6 – 4||1 – 2||1 – 1||5 – 5||L 1|
|Houston||7||9||.438||3||1 – 5||6 – 4||0 – 0||0 – 3||7 – 5||2 – 8||L 2|
|NY Mets||7||5||.583||–||4 – 1||3 – 4||5 – 3||0 – 1||2 – 1||6 – 4||L 1|
|Philadelphia||8||9||.471||1.5||7 – 4||1 – 5||6 – 6||2 – 1||0 – 2||3 – 7||L 2|
|Miami||7||9||.438||2||3 – 7||4 – 2||4 – 2||0 – 3||2 – 1||6 – 4||L 2|
|Atlanta||7||10||.412||2.5||3 – 4||4 – 6||5 – 8||2 – 1||0 – 0||4 – 6||L 1|
|Washington||6||9||.400||2.5||4 – 5||2 – 4||1 – 2||3 – 2||2 – 5||5 – 5||W 1|
|Cincinnati||9||6||.600||–||7 – 2||2 – 4||0 – 0||5 – 1||2 – 4||5 – 5||L 1|
|Milwaukee||10||7||.588||–||4 – 5||6 – 2||0 – 0||7 – 5||2 – 0||7 – 3||W 2|
|St. Louis||8||9||.471||2||2 – 4||6 – 5||6 – 5||2 – 4||0 – 0||3 – 7||L 1|
|Chi Cubs||7||9||.438||2.5||5 – 5||2 – 4||2 – 2||5 – 7||0 – 0||4 – 6||W 1|
|Pittsburgh||7||9||.438||2.5||4 – 3||3 – 6||0 – 0||5 – 7||2 – 2||6 – 4||W 1|
|LA Dodgers||14||4||.778||–||6 – 0||8 – 4||3 – 0||0 – 0||8 – 2||8 – 2||W 1|
|San Francisco||11||6||.647||2.5||5 – 1||6 – 5||3 – 2||2 – 1||5 – 1||7 – 3||W 3|
|San Diego||10||9||.526||4.5||5 – 7||5 – 2||0 – 0||2 – 4||5 – 5||4 – 6||L 2|
|Arizona||6||10||.375||7||2 – 3||4 – 7||2 – 2||2 – 1||2 – 5||4 – 6||W 1|
|Colorado||5||12||.294||8.5||5 – 6||0 – 6||1 – 2||0 – 0||3 – 10||2 – 8||W 1|
|NBA Division Standings|
|New York||32||27||.542||8.0||19-10||13-17||2-8||20-17||8-2||7 W|
|Oklahoma City||20||38||.345||23.0||9-20||11-18||3-8||11-22||0-10||11 L|
|LA Clippers||41||19||.683||1.5||23-8||18-11||8-2||24-10||9-1||2 W|
|LA Lakers||35||23||.603||6.5||17-13||18-10||3-6||21-12||5-5||1 L|
|Golden State||29||29||.500||12.5||17-10||12-19||3-7||15-14||6-4||1 W|
|San Antonio||28||28||.500||2.0||12-18||16-10||5-6||15-20||4-6||2 W|
|New Orleans||25||33||.431||6.0||16-15||9-18||6-3||14-17||4-6||4 L|
|NHL Division Standings|
|New York Islanders||46||29||13||4||62||25||133||106||19-2-2||10-11-2||7-3-0|
|New York Rangers||46||23||17||6||52||22||152||124||11-7-3||12-10-3||6-2-2|
|New Jersey Devils||45||14||25||6||34||14||115||157||4-17-3||10-8-3||1-9-0|
|Vegas Golden Knights||45||32||11||2||66||31||150||100||17-4-2||15-7-0||8-2-0|
|St. Louis Blues||43||19||18||6||44||17||124||135||7-10-4||12-8-2||3-6-1|
|San Jose Sharks||45||18||22||5||41||13||120||152||8-10-2||10-12-3||3-6-1|
|Los Angeles Kings||43||17||20||6||40||16||118||128||8-9-4||9-11-2||4-6-0|
|Toronto Maple Leafs||46||28||13||5||61||27||150||126||14-7-3||14-6-2||5-3-2|
|Tampa Bay Lightning||46||30||14||2||62||29||153||121||17-6-0||13-8-2||5-5-0|
|Detroit Red Wings||48||16||25||7||39||15||107||153||10-10-4||6-15-3||4-4-2|
|Columbus Blue Jackets||48||15||24||9||39||13||117||163||8-8-7||7-16-2||1-8-1|