Weekday Morning Sports Report – Tuesday 6/25/19

NCAABSB – NCAA Baseball – College World Series – Championship Series (Best of 3)
Last Night
TD Ameritrade Park, Omaha, NE
Michigan 7, Vanderbilt 4                                                              (MICH leads 1-0)

Michigan 7, Vanderbilt 4 – Wolverines top Commodores
Jimmy Kerr homered for the third time in the College World Series, and Michigan beat Vanderbilt 7-4 in Game 1 of the best-of-three finals Monday night.  The Wolverines (50-20), who barely got into the NCAA Tournament after a poor finish to the regular season, are seeking the school’s first baseball championship since 1962. Ohio State is the last Big Ten school to take home the title, winning it all in 1966.  Kerr’s two-run shot into the right-field bleachers in the seventh inning was followed by hugs all around for his family members. Tommy Henry (12-5) was unflappable for a second straight start. Coming off a three-hit shutout of Florida State on June 17, he struck out eight while pitching 8 1/3 innings of seven-hit ball. Jeff Criswell got the last two outs. The Wolverines got off to a fast start against Drake Fellows (13-2). Big Ten player of the year Jordan Brewer doubled into the right-field corner for Michigan’s first run and came home on Blake Nelson’s base hit. Ako Thomas doubled in a run in the second, and Jesse Franklin’s groundout brought in another. Fellows left with two on and two outs in the sixth, and left-hander Zach King worked out of the trouble before giving up Kerr’s homer the next inning.  Joe Donovan’s homer leading off the eighth against Patrick Raby put the Wolverines up 7-3.

Tonight
TD Ameritrade Park, Omaha, NE
Michigan vs. Vanderbilt, 7:00 p.m.                                               (MICH leads 1-0)

MLB – Major League Baseball
Yesterday
Boston 6, Chicago White Sox 5
Chicago Cubs 8, Atlanta 3
Tigers were off

Red Sox 6, White Sox 5 – Hernández walk-off, single lifts Red Sox over White Sox 6-5
Marco Hernández beat out an infield single with the bases loaded in the ninth and the Boston Red Sox rallied to beat the Chicago White Sox 6-5 on Monday night.  It was the second straight walk-off victory at home for Boston, which has won nine of 12.  Andrew Benintendi led off the ninth with a double. J.D. Martinez struck out and Rafael Devers grounded out to first to move Benintendi to third. Fry then intentionally walked Xander Bogaerts, bringing up Bradley Jr. Bogaerts stole second uncontested, prompting Chicago to intentionally walk Bradley to load the bases for Hernández. He grounded the ball to the hole and beat shortstop Tim Anderson’s throw. Brandon Workman (7-1) got one out in the eighth, to pick up the victory. Jace Fry (1-3) took the loss for Chicago, which has lost six out of eight.

Cubs 8, Braves 3 – Contreras, Lester lead Cubs past Braves 8-3
Willson Contreras homered and had three RBIs, Jon Lester pitched five-hit ball through six innings and the Chicago Cubs beat the Atlanta Braves 8-3 Monday in a chippy matchup of NL division leaders.  Jason Heyward added a solo homer for Chicago, which moved one game ahead of Milwaukee in the NL Central. Jon Lester (7-5) allowed two unearned runs and struck out seven.  The Cubs strung together five straight hits in a five-run fifth inning to break the game open. Kyle Schwarber doubled into the ivy to score Carlos González. Kris Bryant, Anthony Rizzo, Javier Báez and Contreras followed with RBIs.

Tonight
Texas (Chavez 2-2) at Detroit (Zimmermann 0-4), 7:10 p.m.          WSJM Sports/Cosy-FM 6:45
Chicago White Sox (Fulmer 1-1) at Boston (Price 4-2), 7:10 p.m.
Atlanta (Fried 8-3) at Chicago Cubs (Alzolay 1-0), 8:05 p.m.

NBA – Greek Freak takes MVP honors at NBA awards
The NBA handed out its annual awards on Monday, and two of the big winners are from the Milwaukee Bucks.

  • Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo has been named the NBA’s Most Valuable Player. The 24-year-old forward from Greece beat out Paul George of Oklahoma City and Houston’s James Harden, who won last year. Antetokounmpo averaged 27.7 points and 12.5 rebounds.
  • Milwaukee’s Mike Budenholzer came away with Coach of the Year honors for the second time in his career at the NBA Awards. He guided the Bucks to a 60-22 record in the regular season in his first year with the franchise, leading them to the Eastern Conference finals before a loss to the eventual-champion Raptors.
  • Mavericks small forward Luka Doncic won the Rookie of the Year award. The 20-year-old small forward from Slovenia averaged 21.2 points, 7.8 rebounds and six assists for Dallas this past season after being taken with the third overall pick in the draft.
  • Lou Williams of the Clippers has received the Sixth Man award for the second consecutive season and third time in five years. Williams delivered 20 points and 5.4 assists a game while starting once in his 75 games.
  • Toronto’s Pascal Siakam is the league’s most improved player after averaging 16.9 points and 6.9 boards for the NBA champs. He also scored 19 points a game during the postseason.

FIFA – 2019 Women’s World Cup – France – Knockout Stage
Yesterday
United States 2, Spain 1
Sweden 1, Canada 0

Today
Italy vs. China, 12:00 p.m.
Netherlands vs. Japan, 3:00 p.m.

USA 2, Spain 1 – US beats Spain to reach Cup quarters
The U.S. Women’s soccer team has advanced to the quarterfinals at World Cup after passing its first major test of the tournament. Megan Rapinoe converted a pair of penalty kicks to lead a 2-1 victory over Spain. The tense match was knotted at 1 until Rapinoe’s second penalty put the defending champions ahead in the 75th minute. The U.S. won its three first-round games by a combined 18-0 score before struggling against the Spaniards.  The French defeated Brazil 2-1 in extra time Sunday night.

NHL – Hawks/Canes swap players
The Blackhawks have acquired veteran defenseman Calvin de Haan and minor league forward Aleksi Saarela from the Hurricanes for defenseman Gustav Forsling and goaltender Anton Forsberg. The 28-year-old de Haan had one goal and 13 assists in 74 games last season after signing a four-year, $18.2 million free-agent package with Carolina last season.

Olympics – Italy’s Milan-Cortina wins vote to host 2026 Winter Olympics
Italy will host the 2026 Winter Olympics in Milan and Cortina d’Ampezzo. The IOC selected Italy over Stockholm, giving the Italians the Winter Games just 20 years after they were held in Turin. Both candidates would likely have failed to get this far in previous Olympic bidding contests. The IOC has relaxed previously strict rules that demanded financial guarantees and government support earlier in the process.

NFL – Judge approves $24 million settlement over Rams’ PSLs
A federal judge has approved a settlement calling for the NFL’s Rams to pay up to $24 million to personal seat license holders in St. Louis. Several St. Louis PSL holders filed a class-action lawsuit after the team moved to Los Angeles in January 2016. The lawsuit calls for PSL holders to get 30% of the original purchase price, a refund for the nine unused years of the seat license fee, plus damages.

MWL – Midwest League Baseball
Last Night
No games last night

Tonight
Lake County at Lansing, 7:05 p.m.
South Bend at Fort Wayne, 7:05 p.m.
Dayton at West Michigan, 7:05 p.m.
Great Lakes at Bowling Green, 7:35 p.m.