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Watch: Kyle Schwarber hits HR in World Baseball Classic Final



Mar 21, 2023; Miami, Florida, USA; USA designated hitter Kyle Schwarber (12) circles the bases after hitting a home run during the eighth inning against Japan at LoanDepot Park. (Sam Navarro-USA TODAY Sports)

Former Indiana baseball standout Kyle Schwarber continued his hot year by having a very successful World Baseball Classic with Team USA.

Despite falling 3-2 in the Championship game to Japan, Schwarber hit a massive home run in the eighth inning off of Yu Darvish to keep Team USA alive and within striking distance. Schwarber was 1-of-3 on the night.

Schwarber finished the World Baseball Classic going 5-of-14 with two home runs, four RBIs and five walks.

Coming into the event, some of the Team USA members were discussed in a negative light about the reps they were missing out on in Spring Training.

Schwarber’s message to them was quite clear.

“This is like the best at-bats that you could ever get before a season,” said Schwarber said following the game. “You’re not really tiptoeing your way through a spring training at-bat. You’re coming in and competing. It’s time to win. I don’t feel like the quantity [of at-bats] is a problem because I would say everyone got really good quality.”

The former IU star is coming off of a World Series appearance with the Philadelphia Phillies, falling 4-2 to the Houston Astros. Schwarber hit .218 last year with 46 home runs and 94 RBIs. Both were career-highs. He also had career-highs in walks (86) and strike-outs (200).

Schwarber will enter his ninth season in the MLB this year. Prior to his time with the Phillies, he played for the Chicago Cubs, Washington Nationals and Boston Red Sox. He will be an unrestricted free agent in 2026 after signing a four-year deal this past offseason.

Below is a full video of his solo home run in the Championship Game on Tuesday night.

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Three former IU basketball players in NBA Finals, set to win ring regardless of result



Three former IU basketball players are in the NBA Finals and set to win a ring regardless of result. (Brian Fluharty-USA TODAY Sports)

No matter what happens in the 2023 NBA Finals, at least one former IU basketball player will walk away with a championship ring.

Following the Miami Heat’s Game seven win on Monday night, Cody Zeller (Heat), Victor Oladipo (Heat) and Thomas Bryant (Denver Nuggets) will square off in the Finals. The Nuggets defeated the Los Angles Lakers in the Western Conference Finals.

Game one of the NBA Finals will is on Thursday, June 1 at 8:30 pm ET.

Cody Zeller enters this matchup with the biggest role out of the three former Hoosiers. After signing with the Heat in late February, Zeller carved out a nice reserve role throughout the remainder of the season and playoffs. He played in 15 games (two starts) during the regular season and averaged 6.5 points and 4.3 rebounds in 14.5 minutes per game. In the postseason, Zeller has played in 16 games averaging 2.6 points and 2.7 rebounds in 9.2 minutes a game.

Zeller was drafted No. 4 overall in the 2013 NBA Draft.

A teammate of Zeller’s is Victor Oladipo. Unfortunately, Oladipo suffered a season-ending injury earlier this postseason which will keep him out of the NBA Finals. Oladipo has struggled with injuries over the last few years but had found a home with the Heat.

A critical member of their bench rotation earlier this year, Oladipo averaged 10.7 points, 3.0 rebounds and 3.5 assists in 26.3 minutes per game during the regular season. He played in 42 games with two starts. In the postseason, he played in just two games, averaging 11.5 points in 22.5 minutes per game.

Oladipo was drafted No. 2 overall in the 2013 NBA Draft.

Opposite of Zeller and Oladipo is Thomas Bryant. Bryant was acquired midseason by the Nuggets after a successful first half of the year with the Los Angeles Lakers. In 41 games (25 starts) with the Lakers, Bryant averaged 12.1 points and 6.8 rebounds per game. Following the trade to Denver, Bryant saw action in 18 games (one start) in the regular season. He averaged 4.6 points and 3.3 rebounds in 11.4 minutes per game. Bryant has not played in the postseason.

Bryant was drafted No. 42 overall in the 2017 NBA Draft.

There have been seven former IU basketball players to win an NBA Championship. The last to win was OG Anunoby in 2019. This will be the second season in a row with a former IU basketball player in the Finals. Juwan Morgan represented the Hoosiers last season with the Celtics.

SEE ALSO: ‘It’s going to be my job to bridge the gap’: Mike Woodson’s vision for IU basketball is coming to life

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Former Indiana basketball forward OG Anunoby earns defensive honor



Former Indiana basketball standout OG Anunoby was named to one of the NBA All-Defensive teams on Tuesday. (Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports)

Former Indiana basketball forward OG Anunoby earned a big time NBA honor on Tuesday. The current Toronto Raptors standout earned a spot on the NBA All-Defensive Second Team.

He was considered the fourth-best forward, earning 81 vote points.

Throughout the season, Anunoby was considered one of the best defenders in the league. He ended the regular season as the NBA-leader in steals per game (1.9) and total steals (128).

“I think it would mean a lot,” Anunoby said of the potential honor during his season-ending media availability. “I think it’d be very deserved. I think I’ve been a great defender for a while, so it’ll just be the validation.”

Joining Anunoby on the second team are Bam Adebayo (Miami Heat), Dillon Brooks (Memphis Grizzlies), Draymond Green (Golden State Warriors) and Derrick White (Boston Celtics).

Anunoby finished this season averaging 16.8 points, 5.0 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 1.9 steals and 0.7 blocks per game. The steals and blocks per game were both career-highs.

The Toronto Raptors finished the season 41-41 and lost to the Chicago Bulls in the NBA’s Play-in Tournament.

NBA Defensive Player of the Year Jaren Jackson Jr highlighted the First-Team selections. Joining him are Alex Caruso (Chicago Bulls), Jrue Holiday (Milwaukee Bucks), Brook Lopez (Milwaukee Bucks) and Evan Mobley (Cleveland Cavaliers). 

SEE ALSO: Indiana basketball officially signs transfer forward Anthony Walker

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Former Indiana football standout named to All-XFL team



Former Indiana football standout Cody Latimer (11) was named to the 2023 All-XFL team. (Raymond Carlin III-USA TODAY Sports)

It was announced on Monday afternoon that one former Indiana football standout was named to an all-league team.

The 2023 XFL season is winding down and Monday brought out the All-XFL team. Former Hoosier Cody Latimer landed as the lone tight end on the roster.

Latimer, who plays for the Orlando Guardians, was the clear selection for the tight end position. He was third in the entire league in receptions and fourth in receiving yards. His totals came in one less game than any of the other top eight pass catchers.

On the season, Latimer finished with 50 receptions for 593 yards and four touchdowns. Latimer played in nine games. The Guardians finished just 1-9 on the season, however.

“People who’ve been around since camp have known that he shouldn’t be here,” Guardians backup tight end and long snapper Ryan Becker said earlier in the season. “He’s one of those guys who just as soon as he got here, you kind of watched him run around a little bit and just like, oh man, this guy is definitely one who shouldn’t be here. I’m not saying that in a bad way. He shouldn’t be here in a good way.”

Latimer began his career in the NFL. He was drafted by the Denver Broncos in the second round of the 2014 NFL Draft.

After four seasons in Denver, Latimer signed with the New York Giants, where he would spend his final two seasons. He went on to have the best year of his career in 2019, catching 24 passes for 300 yards and two touchdowns.

Latimer played three years with the Indiana football program from 2011-2013. His best season was his junior year when he had 72 receptions for 1096 yards and nine touchdowns. He was third in the Big Ten that season in receiving yards and fourth in receptions.

Latimer finished his college career, at the time, tied for fourth in 100-yard games (seven) and seventh in yardage (2,042) and receptions (135) on the Indiana football all-time lists.

SEE ALSO: Five Indiana football players who could make way on 2024 NFL Draft radar

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