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K-Heart Sports - Wednesday - 06/26/19 - PM Edition

Two of the AL's top pitchers in ERA match up tonight....

    MINNEAPOLIS - Two of the AL's top pitchers in ERA match up tonight. Tampa Bay's Charlie Morton (8-1) leads the league in ERA at 2.31 and Jake Odorizzi (10-3) starts for Minnesota against his former team. Odorizzi is third in the AL - behind Texas' Mike Minor - with a 2.58 ERA. Odorizzi stumbled a bit in his past two starts, giving up eight runs in 10 innings in two games against Kansas City, but he threw six scoreless innings against Tampa Bay on June 2. Morton allowed two runs in seven innings in a win against the Twins on May 30.
    Jonathan Schoop and C.J. Cron hit solo homers for Minnesota last night as the Twins defeated the Rays 9-4 in the opener of their three-game series at Target Field in Minneapolis.


     OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - There's a winner-take-all Game 3 tonight in the College World Series. Vanderbilt forced the final game with a 4-1 win over Michigan Tuesday night, as Kumar Rocker struck out 11 while pitching 6 1/3 innings of three-hit ball. The Commodores scored an unearned run in the fifth inning before scoring twice on wild pitches by Jack Weisenberger. Philip Clarke's ninth homer made it 4-0. Michigan is playing for its first national title since 1962, and Vanderbilt is trying for its first since 2014.



     SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) - Florida goalie Roberto Luongo has decided to retire after 19 seasons. The 40-year-old Luongo made the announcement today on his Twitter account. His 489 career victories are third in NHL history behind only Martin Brodeur and Patrick Roy, and Brodeur is the only goalie to have appeared in more games or made more saves than Luongo. He was the fourth overall pick in the 1997 draft by the New York Islanders, with whom he made his NHL debut on Nov. 28, 1999. Luongo then spent five years with Florida, the next eight with Vancouver and returned to the Panthers on March 14, 2014.



     LONDON (AP) - Roger Federer has been seeded above Rafael Nadal for Wimbledon, despite the Spaniard being higher in the rankings. Top-ranked Novak Djokovic is seeded No. 1, with Federer second and Nadal third - a reverse of their rankings. Kevin Anderson, a Wimbledon finalist last year, is fourth despite being eighth in the rankings. The men's seedings for Wimbledon are based on the rankings, but with extra points for grass-court tournaments in the last year.

     The women's seedings follow the rankings, with French Open champion Ashleigh Barty at No. 1 ahead of Naomi Osaka and Karolina Pliskova. Seven-time Wimbledon champion Serena Williams is 11th.



     STORRS, Conn. (AP) - UConn is heading back to the Big East. The University of Connecticut Board of Trustees voted today to accept an invitation to move its basketball and most other athletic teams from the American Athletic Conference. The teams are expected to begin play in the conference at the start of the 2020-21 academic year.

     The move is designed energize the school's fan base by renewing some old rivalries. It also means an end to costly road trips to states such as Texas, Oklahoma and Florida for conference games. UConn hasn't said what it plans to do with its football program, a sport not offered by the Big East.



     UNDATED (AP) - The NCAA has adjusted some of the guidelines used to determine when waivers can be granted to athletes seeking immediate eligibility when they switch schools. The adjustments approved by the Division I council today will require schools requesting a waiver for an incoming transfer to provide more documentation to support a case and more detailed verification of an athlete's claims about their original school. The move comes 14 months after the NCAA changed the waiver process to clear the way for immediate eligibility for all approved requests.



     UNDATED (AP) - More than one-third of college athletic trainers say coaches influence the hiring and firing of their schools' sports-medicine staffs. The finding counters an NCAA-recommended protocol urging medical staff to make decisions about athlete health independent of coaches and administrators. Among the 1,796 athletic trainers who answered a recent survey, more than 48 percent said their school was not following the NCAA-directed guidance. Nearly one in five respondents said a coach had played an athlete who had been deemed medically ineligible to participate.



     BRISTOL, Conn. (AP) - Bob Ley, an anchor at ESPN since the network's launch 40 years ago, has announced his retirement. Ley was ESPN's longest-tenured anchor, joining "SportsCenter" on the channel's third day of operation on Sept. 9, 1979. He hosted "Outside The Lines," an investigative news program, from its launch in 1990 until he took a sabbatical last September.

     The 64-year-old Ley tweeted today that he's enjoying the "best of health" and that the decision to retire was "entirely" his own. ESPN president Jimmy Pitaro says Ley set "the standard of excellence" with his "unwavering commitment and unparalleled work ethic."

     Ley hosted the first NCAA selection show and the inaugural live broadcast of the NFL draft in 1980. On "OTL," he led reporting on concussions and the NFL's handling of domestic violence cases. He provided the first live national reports during the earthquake in San Francisco at the 1989 World Series.

     Ley, who won 11 Sports Emmy Awards, was inducted into the National Sports Media Association Hall of Fame this week.



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