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That's Kowar with a K: 13 in Gators' 6-1 CWS win over Texas

Jackson Kowar struck out a career-high 13 in 6 2/3 innings, Jonathan India hit a three-run homer and defending national champion Florida eliminated Texas from the College World Series with a 6-1 win on Tuesday. Kowar (10-5) held the Longhorns scoreless on five hits, mixing his changeup with a fastball still touching the mid-90s deep into his season-high 121-pitch afternoon. The Kansas City Royals'...
Guessing game: Cavs enter NBA draft unsure of LeBron's plans

Guessing game: Cavs enter NBA draft unsure of LeBron's plans

LeBron James won't be picking any players during Thursday's NBA draft. At least not directly. With the trajectory of their franchise riding on where he decides to play next season and beyond, the Cleveland Cavaliers will enter this year's draft not knowing if they're choosing a player to help them — and James — contend for another championship, develop a prospect for the future or potentially...
Can Pat Riley work his magic or will Heat fans be left with an empty feeling for the third consecutive summer?

Can Pat Riley work his magic or will Heat fans be left with an empty feeling for the third consecutive summer?

Miami Heat President Pat Riley attends the NBA draft basketball combine last month in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast) Barring a trade, the Miami Heat will be sitting out the NBA draft for just the third time in their history. But don’t mistake that for Pat Riley sitting on a yacht off some tropical island and a “closed” sign being hung on the offices ...
Mailbag: Would Heat give up all young talent for Kawhi Leonard without guarantee? That & more on Grizzlies rumors, possible draft day deal

Mailbag: Would Heat give up all young talent for Kawhi Leonard without guarantee? That & more on Grizzlies rumors, possible draft day deal

San Antonio’s Kawhi Leonard reacts after a basket against the Memphis Grizzlies during the 2017 playoffs. (Photo by Ronald Cortes/Getty Images) Time for another Miami Heat mailbag If you were not able to ask a question this time, send them along for future mailbags via Twitter to @tomdangelo44 and @Anthony_Chiang. You can also e-mail me at tdangelo@pbpost.com. From...
Ng, highest ranking woman in MLB: 'Nothing should hold women back'

Ng, highest ranking woman in MLB: 'Nothing should hold women back'

As a public policy major and softball player at the University of Chicago, Kim Ng wrote a thesis paper on Title IX, opening her eyes to the challenges and opportunities for women with careers in sports. The daughter of a banker and a financial analyst in New York, she was interviewing for jobs in investment banking. She thought if she found a career in athletics, it would be for sports like tennis...
Poverty, injury and gun to his head led Luis Colon to true calling

Poverty, injury and gun to his head led Luis Colon to true calling

With his father in and out of jail and drug wars all around him that took the lives of friends and other family members, Luis Colon understood despair growing up in rural Carolina, Puerto Rico. Sometimes, they had nothing to eat, he said, as money got misused "for whatever reason" in his home. So the pre-teen boy might go to a local store and volunteer to pack groceries, desperate for a...
When did they know it was time to retire?

When did they know it was time to retire?

Some players retire. Some are retired. And some try not to be retired even when they are. One simple question — when did you know it was time to retire? — can bring the most interesting answers. Cliff Floyd, Marlins outfielder: "When I was missing that ball I used to crush, I knew. At first, I was fouling it off. Then I was just missing it. My last at-bat was a (home run) in San Diego...
Trades within the lottery could jolt an already intriguing NBA draft

Trades within the lottery could jolt an already intriguing NBA draft

We are now three days away from the NBA draft, which is shaping up to be as unpredictable as any in recent memory. Here's a rundown of what we are hearing about some of the most intriguing and interesting story lines heading into the league's annual selection show: - We have made the case for why Luka Doncic should be the No. 1 overall pick. If Doncic were American with his level of production and...
Mickelson's wife says 'he's a good man who had a bad moment'

Mickelson's wife says 'he's a good man who had a bad moment'

After completing his final round Sunday at the U.S. Open - one day after shocking the golf world by hitting his ball on the 13th green while it was still rolling after an initial putt - Phil Mickelson had little to say to media members. However, his wife offered some thoughts, saying, "He's a good man who had a bad moment." Amy Mickelson's endorsement of her husband's character came in the...
A rookie treasures lessons from Roy Halladay

A rookie treasures lessons from Roy Halladay

Four months after his hometown team had chosen him in the first round of the 2010 draft, Jesse Biddle crowded around a television with a dozen other prospects at a La Quinta Inn in Clearwater, Florida. The parent team, the Philadelphia Phillies, had instructed them to learn to chart pitches by watching the opening game of the playoffs. “It was one of those homework assignments they give you...
Grumpy Gossage napalms his bridges

Grumpy Gossage napalms his bridges

As Goose Gossage, a coffee cup in hand, stepped onto the deck outside his cabin on a recent morning, he considered the view. Beyond the small lake in front of him, a broad grass valley gave way to an escarpment of spruce and pine that climbed until it ran out of oxygen, leaving exposed the tops of a snowcapped, snaggletooth row of 14,000-foot peaks. Gossage, who turns 67 next month, first came to...
All Miami Dolphins draft picks are signed: TE Mike Gesicki gets 4-year deal

All Miami Dolphins draft picks are signed: TE Mike Gesicki gets 4-year deal

Dolphins tight end Mike Gesicki signed Monday to complete negotiations for this year’s draft class for Miami. (Allen Eyestone / The Palm Beach Post) The Dolphins just wrapped up offseason workouts and scattered for some R&R, but they’re also primed to get down to business. They signed second-round pick Mike Gesicki, a tight end, Monday, meaning all eight of their 2018...
American Heritage’s Steven Sun wins Post’s All-Area boys tennis award

American Heritage’s Steven Sun wins Post’s All-Area boys tennis award

The Harvard signee won the overall Class 2A No. 1 singles championship and then, with teammate Hunter Robbins, captured the overall Class 2A doubles title. Sun finished the season with a 15-1 singles record and a 15-0 record in doubles. What was the highlight of your season? Winning states singles and doubles (titles) for the first time. When did you start playing tennis? When I was three...
Brooks Koepka’s ‘career-defining’ U.S. Open repeat thrills local fans

Brooks Koepka’s ‘career-defining’ U.S. Open repeat thrills local fans

Warren Bottke watched from his Palm Beach Gardens home Sunday, cheering every moment as his former pupil, Brooks Koepka, etched his name into the U.S. Open record books. For the second consecutive year, Koepka emerged as the U.S. Open champion, becoming the first golfer in nearly 30 years to repeat as the tournament’s champion and only the seventh all-time. The 28-year-old...
American Heritage’s Melissa Sakar named All-Area tennis player of year

American Heritage’s Melissa Sakar named All-Area tennis player of year

Sakar won both the Class 2A individual state title in No. 1 singles and the Class 2A overall singles title. It was Sakar’s third state championship. Sakar, who is headed to Columbia, teamed with Hayden Bethea to win the doubles state title. Sakar finished the season with a 16-0 singles record and a 13-2 record in doubles. What was the highlight of your season? Winning the individual state...
Florida State's Mike Martin to retire after 2019 season

Florida State's Mike Martin to retire after 2019 season

Mike Martin will take one more shot at getting Florida State a national championship in baseball. The university announced on Monday that 2019 will be Martin's 40th and final season as the Seminoles' coach. The 74-year old Martin, who became college baseball's career wins leader in May, has a 1,987-713-4 record and .736 win percentage. "It just got to the point where after a lot of thinking I...
Udonis Haslem on LeBron James’ visit to Miami during playoffs: ‘We sat down to eat, is that a crime?’

Udonis Haslem on LeBron James’ visit to Miami during playoffs: ‘We sat down to eat, is that a crime?’

Miami Heat forward Udonis Haslem (40) in the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Nov. 3, 2017, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) MIAMI — Yes, LeBron James visited Dwyane Wade and Udonis Haslem in Miami during this year’s playoffs. No, it doesn’t mean James is returning to the Heat this summer. Just a few days after Haslem revealed that James...
Possible NBA draft rule change could prove costly for Heat

Possible NBA draft rule change could prove costly for Heat

Miami Heat president Pat Riley attends Day Two of the NBA Draft Combine at Quest MultiSport Complex on May 18, 2018 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images) MIAMI — The Heat had to give up quite a bit to acquire Goran Dragic in a February 2015 trade. But it could be even more than Miami originally thought, depending on how quickly the NBA moves away...
Dillon Mountcastle of Park Vista named All-Area weightlifter of year

Dillon Mountcastle of Park Vista named All-Area weightlifter of year

He went undefeated this season in the 169-pound weight class, winning district and regional championships and placing fourth at the Class 2A state tournament. What was the highlight of your season? Being able to be a part of the Park Vista weightlifting team and coaching the new athletes on the team. When did you first become involved in weightlifting? I first started weightlifting in eighth grade...
Boca Raton’s Ben Woody named Post’s All-Area volleyball player of year

Boca Raton’s Ben Woody named Post’s All-Area volleyball player of year

Ben Woody, Boca Raton, Sr., 6-3, MB Woody was powerful at the net in leading the Bobcats to the state tournament at Ransom Everglades. He helped Boca to a quarterfinal victory over Lake Mary in five sets, where he finished with 27 kills. Woody finished the season with 443 kills. What was the highlight of your season? The highlight of the season had to be coming back from down two sets to...
Miami Dolphins DE Cameron Wake explains what it takes to be elite

Miami Dolphins DE Cameron Wake explains what it takes to be elite

Cameron Wake knows as well as anyone what it takes to enjoy a long NFL career. (Getty Images) DAVIE — Cameron Wake is used to being asked the same questions about how he has implausibly maintained his physique at age 36 and given the Dolphins two straight double-digit sack seasons this late in his career. He gets it everywhere. Young players in Miami’s locker room...
Dolphins coach Adam Gase more confident than ever that he’s got a winning roster

Dolphins coach Adam Gase more confident than ever that he’s got a winning roster

Kenny Stills and the Dolphins’ offense are looking to snap back from a low-scoring 2017 season. (Allen Eyestone/The Post) DAVIE — Dolphins coach Adam Gase emerged from free agency defiant amid widespread criticism of the team’s offseason and claimed he had a winning roster. Miami had just finished unloading Mike Pouncey, Ndamukong Suh and Jarvis Landry, as well as their...
The Kawhi Leonard sweepstakes is on. Should the Heat enter the mix?

The Kawhi Leonard sweepstakes is on. Should the Heat enter the mix?

Kawhi Leonard #2 of the San Antonio Spurs stands on the court during Game One of the NBA Western Conference Finals against the Golden State Warriors at ORACLE Arena on May 14, 2017 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images) MIAMI — The wild NBA offseason has officially begun. Multiple reports surfaced Friday afternoon that Kawhi Leonard wants out of San...
Marlins extend Orioles' skid to 8 games with 2-0 victory

Marlins extend Orioles' skid to 8 games with 2-0 victory

In an interleague matchup between two offensively challenged last-place teams, a pair of runs was plenty for the Miami Marlins against the light-hitting Baltimore Orioles. Jose Urena became the latest pitcher to raise his win total and lower his ERA against the Orioles, pitching eight innings of three-hit ball in a 2-0 victory Friday night. It was the eighth straight loss for the Orioles, their longest...
Woods on expectations for another major win: 'Absolutely'

Woods on expectations for another major win: 'Absolutely'

Hoist the anchor, and set sail the great ship Privacy on a course for Carnoustie Bay, Pebble Beach or some other future site of a golf major. Tiger Woods isn't going to win the U.S. Open this year. He still thinks he can win another major before he's done. "Absolutely," Woods said after shooting a 2-over 72 at Shinnecock Hills on Friday for a 36-hole total of 10 over that saw him miss the...
Ex-NFL player Kellen Winslow Jr pleads not guilty to rape

Ex-NFL player Kellen Winslow Jr pleads not guilty to rape

Former NFL tight end Kellen Winslow Jr. was jailed without bail Friday after pleading not guilty to multiple counts of kidnapping, rape and other charges. The 34-year-old Winslow was ordered to return to San Diego County Superior Court on June 25 for a preliminary hearing. If convicted, Winslow could face a maximum sentence of life in prison. His attorney, Brian Watkins, did not immediately respond...
Wiskierra Lemene of Glades Central named flag football player of year

Wiskierra Lemene of Glades Central named flag football player of year

Lemene did it all for Glades Central this year. The senior completed 72 percent of her passes for 3,266 yards and 32 touchdowns. She also had 934 rushing yards and 13 scores on the ground, plus one more as a receiver. On defense, she had 45 flag-pulls, 12 interceptions and six return touchdowns. Lemene helped lead the Raiders to the state semifinals for the first time. What was the highlight of your...
Dolphins coach Adam Gase high on QB David Fales, but remains undecided

Dolphins coach Adam Gase high on QB David Fales, but remains undecided

David Fales still has quite a fight ahead of him to win the backup quarterback job. (AP) DAVIE — The way everything has lined up for quarterback David Fales this offseason, it’ll be a surprise if anyone else claims the Dolphins’ backup quarterback job. It’s a pivotal career opportunity for Fales after bouncing around the last four years. Miami coach Adam Gase is...
Defending champ Brooks Koepka rallies to tied for 4th U.S. Open

Defending champ Brooks Koepka rallies to tied for 4th U.S. Open

If any of his fellow competitors were foolish enough to think Brooks Koepka was going to relinquish his U.S. Open trophy without a fight this week at Shinnecock, they were wrong. The West Palm Beach native and Cardinal Newman High School graduate went on a birdie barrage on his closing 11 holes Friday and in the process went from flirting with the cutline to positioning himself for a run at a repeat...
Dipsea: A trail race where ‘you’re either the hunter or the hunted’

Dipsea: A trail race where ‘you’re either the hunter or the hunted’

The toughest part of the Dipsea, said to be the country’s oldest trail-running race, might not be the first mile, which contains nearly 700 stairs rising through the forests above Mill Valley. It is not the jiggly-legged drop into Muir Woods, or the steep rise up Dynamite, so named because your churning legs might feel ready to explode. And it is not even the next big hill, called Cardiac. (If...
Seeking two-way star, Rays try to build one

Seeking two-way star, Rays try to build one

The scout was confused. The Charlotte Stone Crabs were about to face the Dunedin Blue Jays last Tuesday night, but their website did not list a starting pitcher. John Vittas, the Stone Crabs’ broadcaster, explained to the scout that when Brendan McKay pitches, he is always identified as “To Be Announced.” That is because the computer system recognizes McKay only as a first baseman...

Unemployed in August, Justin Miller has been MLB's best reliever with the Nationals

Earlier this season, while he was torching the International League and waiting for his big league call-up, Justin Miller had one of his teammates stand at home plate behind a net as he peppered it with pitches out of his unusual closed-off delivery. He wanted some feedback. He wanted to know if the deception was there. "I can't see the ball," Miller recalled the teammate saying. "Man...
When Spanish names (don’t) flummox English-speaking baseball announcers

When Spanish names (don’t) flummox English-speaking baseball announcers

Dan Baker, the Philadelphia Phillies’ longtime public address announcer, read out the starting lineups for a recent game. Certain names he was particularly proud of, but not for anything they had done on the field. “Leading off for the Philadelphia Phillies, No. 16, second baseman César Hernández,” Baker boomed. That was, César (SAY-sar), as it is said in Spanish...
Florida's Brady Singer named winner of Dick Howser Trophy

Florida's Brady Singer named winner of Dick Howser Trophy

Florida pitcher Brady Singer has been honored with the Dick Howser Trophy as college baseball's player of the year. Singer, who received the award Friday, carries a 12-1 record and 2.30 ERA into the College World Series. The native of Eustis, Florida, was the No. 18 overall pick in the Major League Baseball draft by the Kansas City Royals. Singer is the second Florida player to win the award, following...
The latest luxury hotel perk? A chance to hit the racetrack

The latest luxury hotel perk? A chance to hit the racetrack

"Track driving is one of the world's great equalizers," says Maggie Smith, owner of Winvian Farm, a 10-cottage hotel in the posh countryside of Lichfield, Conn. By most accounts, Winvian Farm is a slow-paced getaway. It's an oasis for overworked New Yorkers and New Englanders where activities typically consist of biking around the woodlands, picking herbs from an organic garden and getting...
White Sox outfielder Daniel Palka's tall tale of basketball greatness

White Sox outfielder Daniel Palka's tall tale of basketball greatness

This is how it begins: Two buddies watching TV on a spring night in 2016. The McDonald's All-American Game is on ESPN, and Chad Christensen is awed by what he sees. Lonzo Ball fires a baseball pass that Josh Jackson slams down at the United Center. A pull-up 3 by Markelle Fultz. A beastly dunk by Malik Monk. "Man, these dudes are freaks," Christensen remarks. "Yeah," replies his...
Suggs not thinking retirement entering 16th season with Ravens

Suggs not thinking retirement entering 16th season with Ravens

Terrell Suggs knows he'll face the question at the close of each season and the start of the next. Is this the end? Professional football grinds up the average player in less than four seasons. Suggs is entering his 16th. But as he spoke to reporters Thursday on the last day of the Ravens' mandatory minicamp, it was hard to think of the 35-year-old linebacker as an old man. His mood was light, his...
Jets' Pryor aims to be healthy for start of training camp

Jets' Pryor aims to be healthy for start of training camp

Terrelle Pryor tried pushing himself through practice and games last season until his ailing right ankle had enough.  The wide receiver's one season in Washington was a major disappointment because of the early season injury that eventually sidelined him. Now with the New York Jets, the former Ohio State quarterback-turned-wide receiver is looking for a big-time comeback — as long as he...
How to talk about the World Cup and sound reasonably smart

How to talk about the World Cup and sound reasonably smart

The 2018 World Cup started Thursday. You may not be the world’s biggest soccer fan, but you want to at least pretend, right? Here is how to sound smart wherever you might be watching the matches. Where is this thing, anyway? This year’s tournament is in Russia. Over the next month, games will be played in 11 cities: as far east as Yekaterinburg (which is closer to Astana, the capital of...
Dolphins DE Cameron Wake saw ‘missed opportunities’ for sacks in 2017

Dolphins DE Cameron Wake saw ‘missed opportunities’ for sacks in 2017

Cameron Wake isn’t fixated on sack statistics, but he knows the Dolphins’ numbers should be better. (Allen Eyestone/The Post) DAVIE — One of the Dolphins’ biggest problems last season was that they were in the top 10 in defensive line spending and the bottom 10 in sacks. That’s not Cameron Wake’s fault. He had another double-digit year (his third straight...
With a coach who pulls teeth to relax, Iceland becomes a contender

With a coach who pulls teeth to relax, Iceland becomes a contender

As the coach of the most successful national soccer team in Icelandic history, Heimir Hallgrimsson has had to make some sacrifices. This year, for instance, he was abroad with the team and could not dress up as his favorite mythological character, Gryla the child-snatching troll, at the Christmas party in Heimaey, his hometown. Because Gryla’s costume obscures the wearer’s identity, few...
Dolphins rookie TE Mike Gesicki rips through offseason practices

Dolphins rookie TE Mike Gesicki rips through offseason practices

Gesicki (86) is the highest-drafted Dolphins tight end since 1974. (Allen Eyestone/The Post) DAVIE — The Dolphins’ top two picks in this year’s NFL Draft appear to be as good as everyone thought they were. That’s great when it comes to safety Minkah Fitzpatrick, but it’s essential with tight end Mike Gesicki. Gesicki, the second-rounder from Penn...

Marlins Man loses $1.5 million to embezzlement

Marlins Man got taken deep. A bookkeeper pleaded guilty this week to embezzling $1.5 million from South Florida lawyer Laurence Leavy, who often sits in the best seats at major sporting events nationwide bedecked in his bright orange Miami Marlins visor and jersey. The SunSentinel reports Maria Alonso pleaded guilty in federal court to issuing more than 1,000 fake checks to herself since 2009 and...
Mailbag: Is there even a realistic way for the Heat to acquire LeBron James?

Mailbag: Is there even a realistic way for the Heat to acquire LeBron James?

LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers reacts against the Golden State Warriors during Game Four of the 2018 NBA Finals at Quicken Loans Arena on June 8, 2018 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images) MIAMI — It’s time for another Heat mailbag. If you weren’t able to ask a question this time, send your questions for future mailbags via Twitter (...
Former NFL tight end Kellen Winslow II faces rape charges

Former NFL tight end Kellen Winslow II faces rape charges

Former NFL player Kellen Winslow II was arrested Thursday on suspicion of rape, the San Diego Union-Tribune reported. >> Read more trending news  The charges against, Winslow, 34, include two counts of forcible rape, one count of forcible sodomy and one count of forcible oral copulation, according to the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department. Other charges include kidnapping...
A 7 and a 78: Ugly numbers for Tiger Woods in US Open

A 7 and a 78: Ugly numbers for Tiger Woods in US Open

As Tiger Woods stood in the middle of the first fairway, the last thing on his mind was a 7. That number was the first thing on his scorecard Thursday in the U.S. Open. It didn't get better on his way to another ugly number, a first-round 78. "I just didn't get off to a good start," Woods said. "I drove good most of the day, just didn't do much from there. I just didn't putt well."...

Police: Former pitcher held alleged mail thieves at gunpoint

Authorities say a former major league All-Star pitcher held two people at gunpoint after they took mail from his mailbox. The Bibb County Sheriff's office said on Facebook that deputies responded just after 2:30 p.m. Wednesday to a call from Kevin Brown in Macon. The Telegraph newspaper reports Brown saw two men in a white sports car take his mail before speeding off twice Tuesday. The next day, he...
Red Devils, Green Falcons and Super Eagles, oh my: A guide to World Cup nicknames

Red Devils, Green Falcons and Super Eagles, oh my: A guide to World Cup nicknames

There are 32 teams at the World Cup, and with them come 32 team nicknames. Some of these monikers do not get high marks for originality, as they literally mean "national team" or are mere descriptions of a team's colors. Others are far more interesting, with whimsically hued animals or nicknames that ascribe traits not normally associated with a certain countries. (Who knew that Belgians...
Report: Mike Riley expected to leave Oregon State, become head coach of Alliance of American Football team

Report: Mike Riley expected to leave Oregon State, become head coach of Alliance of American Football team

Mike Riley might yet again be on the move out of Corvallis. That according to SiriusXM NFL Radio’s Alex Marvez, who tweeted Riley is headed to the Lone Star State with Daryl Johnston. The former Dallas Cowboys fullback is expected to be named GM of the Alliance of American Football’s San Antonio franchise, and Riley is expected to be named head coach, Marvez reported...
4-star defensive end Joshua Pakola lists 5 Pac-12 schools in top 7

4-star defensive end Joshua Pakola lists 5 Pac-12 schools in top 7

USC landed a 4-star recruit on Monday, and is getting closer to potentially securing another. The Trojans aren’t alone in 4-star defensive end Joshua Pakola‘s top seven, which he released on Tuesday night via Twitter. Count four additional Pac-12 schools in that group: Stanford, Washington, Oregon and UCLA. The No. 11 defensive end in America and No. 23 prospect...
Former Nebraska football coach Mike Riley to be head coach of new AAF team in San Antonio, per report

Former Nebraska football coach Mike Riley to be head coach of new AAF team in San Antonio, per report

There’s a good chance former Nebraska football coach Mike Riley ends up as a head coach again, but not in college football, at least for now. A report by Alex Marvez of Sirius NFL Radio said that Riley will be the head coach of the new San Antonio franchise coming to the Alliance of American Football. Riley was the head coach of the Cornhuskers from 2015-2017, ...
Former Ohio State CB Denzel Ward draws high praise from Cleveland Browns defensive coordinator

Former Ohio State CB Denzel Ward draws high praise from Cleveland Browns defensive coordinator

As the No. 4 pick of the 2018 NFL Draft, Denzel Ward had a lot of hype to live up to. So far, according to his defensive coordinator Gregg Williams, he has and has drawn a lot of praise in the process. The coach said Ward now has to stand tall against good players and that he has to help him in that process, giving him a major compliment as well. “He is one of the best press guys...
Notre Dame linebacker David Adams to take medical exemption

Notre Dame linebacker David Adams to take medical exemption

Notre Dame linebacker David Adams, a former 4-star recruit that starred at Pittsburgh (Pa.) Central Catholic before signing with the Fighting Irish, will take a medical exemption and step away from the football program. Adams announced the news on his Twitter feed on Tuesday evening. Adams was considered by 247Sports to be the nation’s No. 10 inside linebacker when he...
Arizona QB Khalil Tate named to Athlon Sports’ preseason All-America Team

Arizona QB Khalil Tate named to Athlon Sports’ preseason All-America Team

Eighteen Pac-12 players were showered with preseason praise by Athlon Sports this week. One of them is an Arizona Wildcat. His name: Khalil Tate. Tate was named a third-team preseason All-American by the publication, which released its list Tuesday. Tate, the surprise of the Pac-12 last season, will be no such thing in 2018 after he blew the doors off the competition, setting ...
What’s changed in 30 years? Famous Big Ten author provides his perspective

What’s changed in 30 years? Famous Big Ten author provides his perspective

Football in the Big Ten is magic. It’s sunny, blue, crisp autumn afternoons freezing your rear off — nipping on some schnapps and hot chocolate. It’s tailgating for five hours talking football, munching dogs, brats, burgers — anything, really, that’ll stuff its way onto the grill. It’s cruising the bookstores to pick up just one...
Top Alabama WR target John Metchie closing in on decision

Top Alabama WR target John Metchie closing in on decision

Welcome to  SEC Country’s daily Roll Tide-ings , a rundown of everything happening in Alabama Crimson Tide recruiting with Chris Kirschner. In this edition, we talk the latest with one of Alabama’s top wide receiver targets.  John Metchie has taken official...
Columbus WR Kalil Branham commits to Michigan in honor of late grandfather

Columbus WR Kalil Branham commits to Michigan in honor of late grandfather

Kalil Branham is the first member of Michigan’s 2020 recruiting class. The Columbus (Ohio) Northland 3-star wide receiver/running back tweeted his commitment Tuesday — while also paying tribute to his grandfather, who passed away about a year ago. Branham competed at Michigan’s camp Monday but did not receive an offer. The following day, Jim Harbaugh called his father...
Texas Tech baseball’s Tuesday CWS game rescheduled for Wednesday

Texas Tech baseball’s Tuesday CWS game rescheduled for Wednesday

Due to rain in the area and a late start time, the Texas Tech Red Raiders won’t start their College World Series game against Arkansas until Wednesday morning. The game was originally scheduled to be played at 7:05 p.m., but the Texas-Florida game ran long, delaying the Red Raiders’ start. Some inclement weather was destined for Omaha Tuesday night, and the NCAA...
Kalil Branham commits to Michigan: Wolverines land 2020 WR

Kalil Branham commits to Michigan: Wolverines land 2020 WR

Michigan football landed its first commit from the Class of 2020 on Tuesday, as 3-star wide receiver Kalil Branham announced his commitment to the Wolverines on social media. Branham is a 6-foot-1, 190-pound wideout from Northland High School in Columbus. He verbally committed to Michigan on Twitter. In his tweet, he included a picture of himself that reads “Go Blue&rdquo...
Penn State a top option for lineman Jakai Moore and David Ojabo

Penn State a top option for lineman Jakai Moore and David Ojabo

Stay updated as Penn State rises toward the top of the recruiting rankings! Don’t miss the coverage from  Tyler Donohue, who brings a decade of experience as a national college football reporter and a recruiting department staff member with a Big Ten program. Read his daily notebooks  here at 7:20 p.m. ET Sunday...
South Carolina recruiting: Potential additions to 2019 class

South Carolina recruiting: Potential additions to 2019 class

Whenever Will Muschamp lands a commitment, the South Carolina coach drops a #SpursUp on Twitter. Come to SEC Country for the latest news, notes and observations in South Carolina recruiting.  For previous editions of SpursUp Surveillance, check out the link. On the surface, it would appear to be a foregone conclusion...
Auburn recruiting: Noah Cain listens to Cadillac Williams; Justin Osborne’s de-commitment

Auburn recruiting: Noah Cain listens to Cadillac Williams; Justin Osborne’s de-commitment

Welcome to SEC Country’s daily Auburn Tigers  football recruiting notebook with Auburn recruiting beat writer Benjamin Wolk. It’s Tuesday, and SEC Country has two IMG Academy updates on Noah Cain and Justin Osborne. Auburn’s search for a 2019 running back starts at an obvious place: Noah Cain. The 4-star IMG Academy (Fla.) running back...
Texas season ends after masterful performance by Florida’s Jackson Kowar

Texas season ends after masterful performance by Florida’s Jackson Kowar

Texas saw its season end Tuesday at the College World Series because of Florida’s deep collection of first-round draft picks. The Big 12 champions ran into a buzzsaw on a steamy afternoon in a 6-1 loss to the defending national champions. The Longhorns were handcuffed by towering 6-foot-6 Jackson Kowar, a first-round draft pick of the Kansas City Royals, who blanked them over 6 1/3...
Report: Auburn adds former Notre Dame administrator as associate athletic director

Report: Auburn adds former Notre Dame administrator as associate athletic director

Auburn has added a new name to its athletic adiministration. Brant Ust, a former assistant athletic director at Notre Dame, has been named an associate athletic director for the Tigers according to Brandon Marcello of Auburn Undercover. Ust also has a history with current athletic director Allen Greene. According to his Notre Dame biography, Ust was previously the executive...
CB Andre Seldon Jr. gets Michigan offer, could commit soon to Jim Harbaugh

CB Andre Seldon Jr. gets Michigan offer, could commit soon to Jim Harbaugh

Two weeks ago, at the Sound Mind Sound Body camp at Grand Valley State University, Michigan defensive coordinator Don Brown said he could see Belleville (Mich.) 2020 3-star cornerback Andre Seldon playing for him. On Monday at Michigan’s camp, his thought took a step closer to reality as the Wolverines offered Seldon. “At the Michigan camp, I ran back-to-back...
Marvin Bagley III on criticism of defensive play: ‘It’s all BS’

Marvin Bagley III on criticism of defensive play: ‘It’s all BS’

On Thursday night, Marvin Bagley III’s life will change forever. The former Duke big man, who spent a season with the Blue Devils before declaring for the NBA draft, is all but guaranteed to be one of the first players off the board during the 2018 event. His performance during his sole season at Duke is the reason why: 21 points and 11.1 rebounds per game — including...
Washington tied atop Pac-12 with 4 Athlon Sports preseason All-Americans

Washington tied atop Pac-12 with 4 Athlon Sports preseason All-Americans

The Washington Huskies, with their eyes towards a run at a Pac-12 title and a College Football Playoff berth, are tied with Stanford in the conference with four selections onto Athlon Sports‘ preseason All-America teams. Three of the four selections for the Huskies were First Team selections — running back Myles Gaskin, cornerback Byron Murphy and...
Oregon lands 2 on Athlon Sports preseason All-America teams

Oregon lands 2 on Athlon Sports preseason All-America teams

As the 2018 fall season draws closer, Athlon Sports released its preseason All-America teams. The Oregon Ducks, gearing up for their first full season under head coach Mario Cristobal, landed two players onto Athlon Sports’ list. Linebacker Troy Dye was selected to the First Team, while center Jake Hansen earned a Third Team nod. Last season, Dye recorded 107 tackles...
WATCH: Tennessee football shows off hard work after $660,000 of weight room updates

WATCH: Tennessee football shows off hard work after $660,000 of weight room updates

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Tennessee football hall of famer Phillip Fulmer has been around the block a few times, so he knows the difference between a “want” and a “need.” So far, all of coach Jeremy Pruitt’s requests have been approved by Fulmer. That includes upgrading what was already a state-of-the-art weight room with $660,000 worth of improvements...
Baker Mayfield has hilarious response to criticism from Colin Cowherd

Baker Mayfield has hilarious response to criticism from Colin Cowherd

The rocky relationship between FOX Sports Radio host Colin Cowherd and Baker Mayfield continues. Cowherd, who was adamant Mayfield was “undraftable” a few months ago, shared more criticism of the No. 1 overall draft pick on Tuesday. The radio host responded to a tweet — which has now been deleted but can be seen here — that read “Baker Mayfield...
Florida QB commit Jalon Jones describes bond with Dan Mullen and Gators staff

Florida QB commit Jalon Jones describes bond with Dan Mullen and Gators staff

The calls still come in from other schools, but Florida 2019 quarterback commit Jalon Jones has a stock answer he gives to recruiters now. “I appreciate your time and I appreciate you thinking of me as somebody you want to coach, but I’m respectfully committed to Florida,” he says of his usual response. Jones, who was initially committed to Dan Mullen and...
Penn State freshman OL Rasheed Waker talks recruitment, competitive nature

Penn State freshman OL Rasheed Waker talks recruitment, competitive nature

Before they enrolled at Penn State, Land of 10 reporter Tyler Donohue spoke with several incoming Nittany Lions players about their recruiting processes. In this edition, we’ll focus on tackle Rasheed Walker. Be sure to check out our Recruiting Rewinds with  quarterback Will Levis,  defensive tackle PJ Mustipher ...
On the Beat: Alabama’s best running backs who didn’t win a Heisman Trophy

On the Beat: Alabama’s best running backs who didn’t win a Heisman Trophy

You may remember our own Marq Burnett posing the question last month asking Alabama fans to pick the two best non-Heisman Trophy-winning running backs from the Nick Saban era. His selections were Trent Richardson and T.J. Yeldon. Considering the depth of talent the Crimson Tide have had at the position, it’s one of those questions that probably doesn’t ...
Florida QB commit Jalon Jones driven to be next great athlete from his talent-rich family

Florida QB commit Jalon Jones driven to be next great athlete from his talent-rich family

BALTIMORE — Jalon Jones is sitting in the coaches office at St. Frances Academy, where he starred at quarterback last fall, leading the program to a perfect record in his only season there. During a reporter’s visit in May, he’s talking about his commitment to Florida, his relationship with Gators coach Dan Mullen, etc., when the conversation turns to...
Oklahoma football: Sooners bestow new 5-year, $25 million deal on Lincoln Riley

Oklahoma football: Sooners bestow new 5-year, $25 million deal on Lincoln Riley

OKLAHOMA CITY — After one season, Oklahoma coach Lincoln Riley earned a $1.5 million raise and a new contract. The University of Oklahoma Board of Regents approved a new five-year, $25 million deal for the second-year head coach on Tuesday. “We recognize where a program wants to be, where it needs to be, the importance of continuity that, all of our staff, most ...
Could Tennessee football benefit from legal betting? Phillip Fulmer has ‘antennas up’

Could Tennessee football benefit from legal betting? Phillip Fulmer has ‘antennas up’

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Is legalized sports betting coming to Tennessee, and would that be a good thing for Vols fans? Tyler Wyatt, a self-described sports betting consultant in Knoxville, published an extensive piece on the topic for Gridiron Now on Tuesday, revealing that a bill could pass as early as the spring of 2019. There’s a lot to consider, especially now that coaches...
Former LSU coach Les Miles reminisces about 2010 fake field goal call against Florida

Former LSU coach Les Miles reminisces about 2010 fake field goal call against Florida

When people decribe Les Miles as the Mad Hatter, games such as the 2010 battle against Florida help describe his nickname almost perfectly. Down three points with 35 seconds left in the game, he brought out kicker Josh Jasper to attempt a fake field goal with Derek Helton working as the holder. The play was reportedly called Tiger, according to Katherine Terell...
Fresh faces, moving pieces define Auburn football’s cornerback depth

Fresh faces, moving pieces define Auburn football’s cornerback depth

Over the next few weeks, SEC Country will take Auburn football fans to Summer School. Each session will focus on one position on Auburn’s 2018 roster, finding answers from spring practice and looking ahead to what might be the biggest questions for the fall. After a look at No. 1 cornerback Jamel Dean, here’s a glance at the position as a whole. Jamel Dean...
Alabama recruiting adjustments paying off in big way for Nick Saban

Alabama recruiting adjustments paying off in big way for Nick Saban

Welcome to SEC Country’s daily  Alabama Crimson Tide podcast  with Ryan Fowler. In this edition, we talk with national recruiting analyst Barton Simmons from 247Sports about changes Alabama has made. Topics discussed: National recruiting analyst Barton Simmons from 247Sports talks in-depth about adjustments made...
Who is poised to be breakout star for LSU defense in 2018?

Who is poised to be breakout star for LSU defense in 2018?

SEC Country reporter Alex Hickey will answer your LSU Tigers sports queries each weekday in our  LSU Question of the Day. Join the conversation by sending your questions via Twitter to  @SECCountryLSU,  @bigahickey or by email to Alex at  alex.hickey@coxinc.com. We don’t know what to expect from LSU&rsquo...
WATCH: Intern Butch Jones drops a ‘Roll Tide’ during visit with recruit’s family

WATCH: Intern Butch Jones drops a ‘Roll Tide’ during visit with recruit’s family

Butch Jones isn’t one of Nick Saban’s 10 full-time assistants on the Alabama staff. Instead, the former Tennessee coach is an intern, a title that has led to plenty of jokes across social media. Despite Jones’ status, he is still going on recruiting visits with other Crimson Tide coaches, including one to see 4-star tight end Jahleel Billingsley at Saban&rsquo...
Iman Marshall ranked No. 49 CFB player of 2018 by Sports Illustrated

Iman Marshall ranked No. 49 CFB player of 2018 by Sports Illustrated

Sports Illustrated released a list of the top 100 college football players heading into the 2018 season and USC defensive back Iman Marshall made the list, coming in at No. 49. Marshall, a senior, is the leader of USC’s secondary and the heart of the program’s defense. In three seasons with the Trojans, Marshall has 170 tackles, 27 deflections and 6 interceptions...
Troy Dye ranked No. 39 CFB player of 2018 by Sports Illustrated

Troy Dye ranked No. 39 CFB player of 2018 by Sports Illustrated

Sports Illustrated released a list of the top 100 college football players heading into the 2018 season and Oregon linebacker Troy Dye made the list, coming in at No. 58. Dye, a junior, is the heart and soul of Oregon’s defense, which figures to be much improved in year two under Jim Leavitt. Dye was named second-team All-Pac-12 in 2017 and the programs defensive MVP...
N’Keal Harry ranked No. 34 CFB player of 2018 by Sports Illustrated

N’Keal Harry ranked No. 34 CFB player of 2018 by Sports Illustrated

Sports Illustrated released a list of the top 100 college football players heading into the 2018 season and Arizona State wide receiver N’Keal Harry made the list, coming in at No. 34. Harry, a junior, is one of the most physically gifted receivers to ever play in the Pac-12 conference and could be the top receiver taken in the 2019 NFL Draft. There’s no doubt,...
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