The Gator softball team starts play in the College World Series, the SEC meetings continue and a big Game 7 in the NHL, all in our Thursday Sports News and Notes…
** The Gator softball team begins play in the College World Series today in Oklahoma City; the Gators face Tennessee in their first game.
** In a related note, Gator softball players Hannah Rogers and Lauren Haeger are named first team All-Americans.
** The Gator men’s golf team is at the NCAA’s and after two rounds Florida is in 26th place.
** In the NHL, Chicago beats Detroit 2-1 in overtime to win a Game 7 in that series. The Black Hawks now face defending Stanley Cup champion Los Angeles in the Western Conference finals.
** The SEC meetings continue in Destin, Florida and it was Florida’s turn to speak to the media. Athletic Director Jeremy Foley said that even if the SEC decides to play one more conference football game, the Florida-FSU game is safe.
** In MLB action, Tampa Bay beats Miami 3-1 to give the Marlins their eighth straight loss and Toronto blanks Atlanta 3-0.
** The International Olympic Committee has named wrestling, squash, baseball and softball as sports that make the cut to possibly be added to the Olympic Games in 2020. Wrestling had been dropped in February; only one of the sports will be added.