Wimbledon, two hot baseball teams and not much else happening in a slow Thursday Sports Update…
** At Wimbledon, men’s top seed Novak Djokovic struggled but advanced but defending champ Andy Murray was beaten on the grass. Roger Federer also wins. On the women’s side, third seed Simona Halep is a winner.
** In baseball, Atlanta has won seven straight after beating the New York Mets 3-1 and the Braves get a day off today. Tampa Bay has won five straight after sweeping the New York Yankees with a 6-3 win Wednesday and the Rays now tangle with Detroit. Miami blanks Philadelphia 5-0 and those teams play again today.
** A strange time for former Gator pitcher Kevin Chapman; one day after being called up to the Houston Astros, Chapman was sent back down to Triple A.
** The Gator baseball players who were drafted have now all signed and are playing professionally. Pitchers Karsten Whitson and Ryan Harris are playing for the Boston Red Sox at Lowell and Whitson will start a game on Friday.
** In the NBA, the New Jersey Nets have agreed to a contract with former Memphis Grizzlies coach Lionel Hollins to be their new head coach, replacing Jason Kidd.
Even though the United States has been eliminated from the World Cup, the sports world rolls on in our Wednesday Sports Update…
** The quarterfinals for the World Cup are now set after the U.S. was beaten 2-1 yesterday by Belgium. France faces Germany, Brazil takes on Colombia, Argentina faces Belgium and Netherlands faces Costa Rica.
** At Wimbledon, Maria Sharapova and Rafael Nadal are out after losing yesterday. Novak Djokovic and defending men’s champ Andy Murray are scheduled to play today.
** In baseball, suddenly hot Tampa Bay stays that way with a 2-1 over the New York Yankees. Atlanta has won six straight after beating the New York Mets 5-4 and Florida beat Philadelphia 5-4. Those same match ups take place today.
** Former Gator pitcher Kevin Chapman has been called up to the big leagues by the Houston Astros. Chapman has had big league experience before.
** A nice honor for former Gator softball pitcher Hannah Rogers as she is named the SEC Female Athlete of the Year after helping lead the Gators to a national championship.
Our Tuesday Sports Update has a little bit of everything…
** The United States faces Belgium today in the World Cup, looking to advance to further play. You can hear the match live on ESPN 850 WRUF starting at 3:30pm.
** At Wimbledon, men’s top seed Novak Djokovic and defending champ Andy Murray won fourth round matches on Monday. The women’s four seed Agnieszka Radwanska lost in a now wide open field. Today, Maria Sharapova, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer are among those scheduled for action.
** In baseball, the suddenly resurgent Tampa Bay Rays beat the New York Yankees 4-3 in 12 innings on Monday giving them five wins in their last six games. Atlanta beat the New York Mets 5-3 and Miami was off; the Marlins play Philadelphia tonight.
** In NBA news, Jason Kidd is now officially the new coach of the Milwaukee Bucks after the Bucks traded two second round picks to the New Jersey Nets to get him. The Bucks also fired Larry Drew in the process.
** The Orlando Magic waive veteran guard Jameer Nelson to save salary cap space and get younger as well. He was the longest tenured member of the team.
** Gator pitcher Logan Shore was named a Freshman All American by Baseball America after a 7-4 season with a 2.16 ERA.
** The annual Gator football and volleyball Fan Day has been set for August 16th in the O’Connell Center.
The dog days of summer are here from a sports perspective but still plenty to talk about in our Monday Sports Update…
** The final 16 for the World Cup is now set. France plays Nigeria and Germany faces Algeria today. The USA plays Belgium tomorrow in a match you can hear live on ESPN 850 WRUF starting at 3:30pm.
** Wimbledon goes into its final week. The top two women’s seeds have been bounced from the tournament but on the men’s side, four of the top five seeds are still playing.
** In baseball, Oakland completes a three game sweep of Miami with a 4-3 win while Tampa Bay takes three of four from Baltimore with a 12-7 win. Atlanta completes a sweep of Philadelphia with a 3-2 win.
** Today in baseball, Tampa Bay begins a series on the road with the New York Yankees while the Braves host the New York Mets. Miami is off.
** The Miami Heat’s “Big Three” have all opted out of their contracts, becoming free agents. This could free up large amounts of money for the Heat to go out and improve a team that made it to the NBA Finals this past season.
** The Milwaukee Bucks have offered the New Jersey Nets a second round draft choice to pry coach Jason Kidd loose but the Nets reportedly want a first round selection to let Kidd coach the Bucks.
The Miami Heat and the Orlando Magic are assessing their moves today after completion of the NBA Draft last night.
Orlando had the fourth overall pick and selected forward Aaron Gordon from Arizona and with the 12th pick selected forward Dario Saric. However, Orlando traded his rights to Philadelphia in exchange for guard Elfrid Payton from Louisiana-Lafayette.
The Magic did not have a second round selection.
Miami engineered a trade to get guard Shabazz Napier from Charlotte while Miami selected P.J. Hairston and gave his rights to Charlotte. In the second round Miami took another guard as well.
Several SEC players were selected in the NBA Draft, led by Julius Randle of Kentucky, taken by the LA Lakers with the seventh pick. James Young of Kentucky went 17th to Boston as the only other SEC player taken in the first round.
Tennessee’s Jarnell Stokes, LSU’s Johnny O’Bryant III, Missouri’s Jordan Clarkson and Tennessee’s Jordan McRae were selected in the second round.
The NBA Draft is history, some big league baseball results, Wimbledon and more in our Friday Sports Update…
** The NBA Draft is history and no Gator players were selected. Many believed front court man Patrick Young would be drafted but he was not and now he will look to other options.
** In baseball, Houston tops Atlanta 6-1 and Philadelphia nips Miami 5-4 in 14 innings. This weekend Tampa Bay plays Baltimore while the Marlins host Oakland and Atlanta plays Philadelphia.
** The Gator lacrosse program will join the Big East Conference starting next season. Vanderbilt will also join the league after the American Lacrosse Conference, where Florida also played, was dismantled after this past season.
** Wimbledon continues today after Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer were among the men’s winners yesterday. Women’s top seed Serena Williams was also victorious.
** New Florida A&M athletic director Kellen Winslow is trying to forge new ground with the school and it announced it was dropping it’s men’s tennis and golf programs to be better in line with Title IX requirements.
Despite a 1-0 loss to Germany on Thursday, the United States will advance to the round of 16 in the FIFA World Cup. The U.S. advances from Group G on goal differential with Portugal.
The next match up for the United States will be on Tuesday and the competition will be the winner of Group H, probably Belgium.
A little bit of everything today in our Thursday Sports Update…
** The United States looks to advance in World Cup play and needs a draw or a win over Germany today to assure it will advance.
** The NBA Draft takes place tonight and we’ll see if Gators like Patrick Young and Scottie Wilbekin will get drafted or sign on as free agents.
** Another no-hitter in baseball thrown by Giants pitcher Tim Lincecum last night as he throws his second career no-hitter against San Diego.
** In other MLB action, Miami nips Philadelphia 4-2; Atlanta blanks Houston 4-0 and Tampa Bay beats Pittsburgh 5-1. Today, Atlanta faces Houston, Miami is at Philadelphia and Tampa Bay is off.
** The Rays have called up former Gator infielder Cole Figueroa to the team for the second time this season.
** Wimbledon continues today after men’s top seed Novak Djokovic and defending champ Andy Murray advance on the men’s side while two seed Li Na advances on the women’s side. Men’s seven seed David Ferrer and women’s eight seed Victoria Azarenka are losers.
** Vanderbilt has won the College World Series, nipping Virginia 3-2 to capture its first ever national championship in baseball.
** The second no-hitter of the baseball season is thrown on Wednesday night as Los Angeles Dodgers lefty Clayton Kershaw beats the Colorado Rockies 8-0. Kershaw fanned 15 in the win; the other no-hitter this year was thrown by his teammate Josh Beckett.
** In other baseball results, the Tampa Bay Rays lose 2-0 to Baltimore and now begin a series with the Houston Astros. The Miami Marlins lose 6-1 to the Chicago Cubs and begin a series with the New York Mets and the Atlanta Braves lose 10-5 to Philadelphia and they will start a series with Washington.
** In the College World Series, UC Irvine is eliminated by Texas in a 1-0 game. Vanderbilt and Ole Miss are still alive in the tournament.
** Defending World Cup champion Spain is out of this year’s tournament after losing to Chile 2-0.
** The United States Patent and Trademark Office has canceled the Washington Redskins team trademark, calling it “disparaging to Native Americans.” This was done back in 1992 but the decision then was overturned on appeal.
** In NCAA football news, a panel has been put together to discuss the possibility of an early signing period in college football. The College Commissioners Association formed the panel.
Baseball dominates our Wednesday Sports Update today…
** In the College World Series, Ole Miss stays alive with a 2-1 win over Texas Tech on Tuesday, eliminating the Red Raiders from the tournament. Virginia outlasts TCU 3-2 in 15 innings to stay unbeaten in the World Series. Texas plays UC Irvine today in an elimination game.
** In big league baseball, former Gator Anthony DeSclafani started for the Miami Marlins last night but was not involved in the decision in a 6-5 Miami win over the Chicago Cubs. DeSclafani pitched into the seventh inning, giving up four runs.
** The Tampa Bay Rays lose to the Baltimore Orioles 7-5 as the O’s use a five run third inning to get the win.
** Atlanta loses 5-2 to Philadelphia as the Phillies win their sixth game in their last eight tries.
** Quarterback Johnny Manziel has signed his rookie contract with the Cleveland Browns. It is a four year deal with a team option for a fifth year.
** The Houston Texans announce that Ryan Fitzpatrick has won the starting quarterback job while the Minnesota Vikings say all three of their quarterbacks, Teddy Bridgewater, Christian Ponder and Matt Cassel will all get a chance to win the job.
** The United States next plays in the World Cup Sunday against Portugal and it is hoping to have Jozy Altidore back from injury. Altidore suffered a hamstring injury in the U.S. win over Ghana a few days ago.