OSU’s Jin, Cowboys take lead at NCAA Men’s Golf Championship
Oklahoma State’s Bo Jin and the Cowboys surged to the top of the leaderboard on Saturday in the NCAA Men’s Golf Championship.
Jin shot a round of 5-under Saturday at the Grayhawk Golf Club in Scottsdale, Arizona, and was 8-under overall after two rounds. Jin was three shots ahead of the field as a few players were still on the course late Saturday.
Two Oklahoma golfers — Quade Cummins and Jonathan Brightwell — were tied for fifth at 3-under after two rounds of play.
Jin’s day helped moved Oklahoma State to the team lead at 6-under. Oklahoma was second at 1-under.
Individual stroke play continues on Sunday. At the end of Sunday’s round, the top 15 teams and nine individuals not advancing with teams are determined.
The final round of individual stroke play is Monday. Team match play competition will be held Tuesday and Wednesday.
NCAA softball super regionals
FLORIDA STATE 4, LSU 3: No. 10 Florida State became the first time to advance to the College World Series with a walk-off win over LSU in nine innings on Friday night. The Seminoles (44-10-1) swept No. 7 LSU in the Baton Rouge super regional.
GEORGIA 6, FLORIDA 0: Bulldog pitcher Mary Wilson Avant shut out the Gators in both games of the Gainesville super regional. After tossing a 4-0 win on Friday, Avant blanked the Gators again Saturday, fanning four and pitching a complete game. Georgia hit five home runs in the two games.
ALABAMA 4, KENTUCKY 1: Kaylee Tow hit a two-run double and Maddie Morgan blasted a two-run homer Saturday as No. 3 Alabama swept No. 14 Kentucky in the Tuscaloosa super regional. Alabama pitcher Lexi Kilfoyl pitched a complete game, allowing five hits and fanning seven.
UCLA 2, VIRGINA TECH 0: No. 2 overall seed UCLA (45-5) bounced back Friday from Thursday’s 7-2 loss to the Hokies and forced a third and decisive game late Saturday in the Los Angeles super regional. Megan Faraimo pitched a one-hit shutout for the Bruins.
JAMES MADISON 2, MISSOURI 1: Odicci Alexander came out on top in a pitching duel against Jordan Weber Friday night in Game 1 of the Columbia super regional. Alexander fanned 10 and Weber struck out nine. The game was scoreless until the seventh, and the Tigers had the bases loaded when the final out was recorded..
ARIZONA 4, ARKANSAS 1: Alyssa Palomino-Cardoza put Arizona on top with a two-run homer in the fifth Saturday as the Wildcats advanced to the College World Series for the 24th time. Arizona swept Arkansas in the Fayetteville super regional as the Wildcats overpowered the Razorbacks, 10-4, in Game 1 on Friday night.
Big 12 baseball tournament
KANSAS STATE 5, TCU 2: Kamron Willman had a pair of doubles and drove in two runs and No. 7-seed Kansas State defeated second-seeded TCU on Saturday in the Big 12 Tournament at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark Caleb Littlejim and Eric Torres combined to hold the Horned Frogs (38-17) to just five hits and struck out 13 batters. Torres struck out a career-high eight in earning the win.
TEXAS 3, WEST VIRGINA 2: Silas Ardoin’s double down the right field line scored two runs and as top-seeded Texas held on to beat No. 8-seed West Virginia to stave off elimination in the Big 12 Conference Tournament late Friday.
Golden Knights beat Wild in Game 7
Mattias Janmark had scored just one goal since being acquired by Las Vegas at the trade deadline from Chicago.
He tripled that Friday night with his first career hat trick in what might have been the most important home playoff game in the Golden Knights’ four-year history, a 6-2 victory over the Minnesota Wild in Game 7 of their opening-round series.
“It’s what every player dreams of, to score in a Game 7,” Janmark said. “To win a Game 7 and to score a hat trick, it’s hard to believe that it’s going to happen to you, but today, bounces were going in.
“It’s a dream come true, for sure.”
Nic Hague, Max Pacioretty and Zach Whitecloud also scored for Vegas, which hosted a Game 7 for the first time after losing in San Jose in 2018 and defeating Vancouver in Edmonton last year. It was also the first time Vegas clinched a playoff series at home.
USA 2, NORWAY 1: Tage Thompson had a goal and an assist and the United States won its fourth straight game in the world hockey championship on Saturday. Jake Oettinger made 22 saves and Conor Garland also scored. The Americans are second in Group B, a point behind Finland — which beat the U.S. in the opener — with two games left. The top four teams in each group will advance to the quarterfinals.
Chelsea defeats Manchester City to capture European Cup
As Chelsea captain Cesar Azpilicueta cradled the European Cup before thrusting it into the air to the backdrop of fireworks, Pep Guardiola and his distraught Manchester City players stood way behind the winner’s rostrum and looked on in anguish.
Champions League glory once again for Chelsea, nine years after its first title and just 123 days after manager Thomas Tuchel’s season-changing arrival at the club.
Yet more misery in world soccer’s biggest club competition for City and Guardiola, its genius manager whose overthinking proved costly once more.
Germany forward Kai Havertz’s 42nd-minute goal earned Chelsea a surprisingly comfortable 1-0 win in Porto, Portugal, in the Champions League’s third all-English final on Saturday.
That the last match of a club season heavily impacted by the coronavirus pandemic was settled by a goal from Havertz felt apt, given he suffered badly after contracting the disease midway through his first year at the club having signed for nearly $100 million.
He has recovered to play a big role in Chelsea’s end to the season, and showed why the club made him the centerpiece of their $300 million spending spree last offseason in the way he ran onto a through-ball by Mason Mount, rounded goalkeeper Ederson Moraes and rolled the ball into an empty net.
First American plays in Champions League final
Christian Pulisic became the first American man to play in a Champions League final on Saturdayl.
He came away with a winner’s medal, too — and almost a goal.
The Chelsea forward came on as a substitute in the 66th minute with his team leading Manchester City 1—0 in Porto.
The 22-year-old Pulisic, who joined Chelsea from German club Borussia Dortmund in 2019, had a chance to double the lead when he lifted the ball over City goalkeeper Ederson Moraes but it went wide in the 73rd.
U.S. soccer players will be traveling like never before
American soccer players will be piling up air miles — all in preparation for unprecedented travel.
Jet setters like never before, the No. 10 U.S. plays 13th-ranked Switzerland in an exhibition on Sunday at St. Gallen, then travels about 5,200 miles to face Honduras on Thursday at Denver in the CONCACAF Nations League semifinal. The Nations League final against Mexico or Costa Rica follows in Denver on June 6, followed by a friendly against Costa Rica at Sandy, Utah, on June 9.
U.S. coach Gregg Berhalter designed the schedule to prepare players for the grueling compacted World Cup qualifying schedule that starts in September, which has three matches crammed into FIFA match windows designed for two.
ENERGY FC: Oklahoma City has re-signed midfielder Ray Saari, a former University of Tulsa player, Oklahoma City head coach John Pascarella announced Saturday. the 26-year-old native of Kansas City was only able to compete in three matches in 2020 due to multiple injuries
Staff and wire reports