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June 27th, 2019
1. On this day in sports
1939 Brooklyn Dodgers tie Boston Braves, 2-2, in 23 innings.
1956 Cleveland Indians trailing the Baltimore Orioles 9-1 come back to win 12-11 in 11 innings.
1990 NBA Draft: Syracuse power forward Derrick Coleman first pick by New Jersey Nets.
1993 NY Met pitcher Anthony Young loses record 24th straight game.
2014 NHL Coyotes franchise changes geographic name from “Phoenix” to “Arizona” after change of ownership.
2. Whats New
The 2021-2022 NBA season could look a little different the league is formally exploring how it might use its 75th anniversary season as an opportunity to test not only a midseason cup and postseason play-in tournament, but also a reduction in the 82-game regular-season schedule.
The Houston Rockets are canvassing NBA teams with significant salary-cap space to individually offer center Clint Capela, guard Eric Gordon and forward P.J. Tucker as a prelude to their pursuit of a sign-and-trade deal for Philadelphia 76ers All-Star Jimmy Butler.
MLS has altered its commercial guidelines, and will now allow its clubs to sign jersey-front sponsorships with companies in both the sports betting and spirits categories.
Tokyo 2020 is still over a year away, but that hasn’t stopped the Games from already breaking records. According to the International Olympic Committee, the 2020 Games have generated record domestic sponsorship revenues of more than $3 billion.
3. Vanderbilt beats Michigan 8-2 to win it’s second NCAA National Baseball Title.
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The Vanderbilt Commodores won the 2019 College World Series with an 8-2 victory in Game 3 of the finals.
Vandy (59-12) won its second title in its four CWS appearances, all since 2011. The other one came in 2014.
Vanderbilt swept the Southeastern Conference regular-season and tournament titles, set the league record for wins, tied the record with 13 draft picks and lost back-to-back games just twice.
Freshman Kumar Rocker, who was dominant in two CWS starts, was selected the Most Outstanding Player.
Mason Hickman and Jake Eder combined for 14 strikeouts.
Hickman struck out 10 in six innings and limited the Wolverines (50-22) to one hit after he gave up three in a row to start the game.
Vandy pitchers combined for a 2.50 ERA over six CWS games. Hickman allowed one earned run and struck out 13 in 12 innings. Rocker, who threw the no-hitter in super regionals that already is part of college baseball lore, gave up two earned runs and fanned 17 in 12 1/3 innings. The staff averaged 10.1 strikeouts per nine innings.
Michigan ace Karl Kauffmann making his third start in the CWS, struggled with his control, and Vandy broke open the game with three runs in the third inning and two in the fourth.
Michigan went from being one of the last four teams picked for the 64-team NCAA Tournament to becoming the first Big Ten team to play in the finals since Ohio State in 1966. It was Michigan’s first CWS since 1984.
The Wolverines knocked off No. 1 national seed UCLA to reach the CWS.
Vandy is the sixth national champion from the SEC since 2009 and 12th overall, second only to the 18 won by the Pac-12 and its previous iterations. At No. 2, Vandy became the highest national seed to win it all since Miami in 2001.
Donny Everett, was a star freshman pitcher on the 2016 team and drowned before the start of that year’s NCAA Tournament. During the postgame celebration, Vandy players invited Teddy and Susan Everett to join them on the stage set up behind home plate.
4. Major League Baseball All-Star voting is in click (here) for the results.