College World Series capsule: Cal vs. Virginia


College World Series capsule: Cal vs. Virginia

June 18 2011

The California Golden Bears baseball team is set to take on the University of Virginia Cavaliers in its first game of the 2011 College World Series. The tournament is a double elimination format with the final two teams meeting in a best-of-three game series to crown the champion.

When: Sunday, June 19 at 11 a.m.

Where: TD Ameritrade park. Omaha, Nebraska.

Records: California Golden Bears (37-21)
Virginia Cavaliers (54-10)

Key Players:
California -- Tony Renda: The sophomore second baseman was selected as the 2011 Pac-10 Player of the Year. Renda is currently hitting .335 with 3 HR and 42 RBIs.

Virginia cavaliers -- Danny Hultzen: The left-handed ace has a 12-3 record with 1.49 ERA and was the No. 2 overall pick by the Mariners in this year's MLB Draft.

How they got here:California -- The Golden Bears swept Dallas Baptist in the best-of-three Santa Clara Super Regional to advance to the College World Series for the first time since 1992.

Virginia -- The Cavaliers defeated UC Irvine in a decisive third game to win the Charlottesville Super Regional. Virginia score two runs with two outs in the bottom of the ninth to rally for a 3-2 win.

Report: Kings finally give up hope on long lost prospect


Report: Kings finally give up hope on long lost prospect

SACRAMENTO -- The one that got away.

News broke Friday afternoon of another player move from the Sacramento Kings. A transaction 22 years in the making was finally completed when according to a published report, the Kings renounced the rights to 6-foot-7 Serbian, Dejan Bodiroga.

The now 44-year-old wing has been retired since 2007. He’s known around the basketball circles as one of the greatest European players to never to come to the NBA.

Drafted by Geoff Petrie with the 51st overall selection in the 1995 NBA Draft, Sacramento tried multiple times to get the sharpshooter to come to the states. It was always a longshot, but after selecting Corliss Williamson and Tyus Edney with his first two selections, Petrie took a late-round gamble. 

Bodiroga has a trophy case full of awards, including a Spanish League MVP, a FIBA World Cup MVP and a Greek League MVP. He also won championships in the Italian, Greek and Spanish Leagues, as well as silver medal in the 1996 Olympic games.

He is also on the list of the 50 Greatest EuroLeague Contributors along with fellow Serbian and current Sacramento Kings General Manager, Vlade Divac.   

Kings fans reacted on Twitter to the news in standard fashion:

John Wall commits to Wizards long term with huge contract extension


John Wall commits to Wizards long term with huge contract extension

The Washington Wizards' long-term future is now a lot clearer, as superstar point guard John Wall agreed to terms on a four-year contract worth $170 million. David Aldridge first reported the news.

Wall, 26, re-ups with the Wizards through the 2022-23 season. By the time it expires he will be 32 years old, meaning the Wizards have locked him up for the majority if not all of his prime.

Wall was able to earn the dollar amount he did in part because of his selection to third team All-NBA for the 2016-17 season. Under the recently installed collective bargaining agreement, honors like All-NBA and Defensive Player of the Year allow players to earn more money on contract extensions.

The Wizards drafted Wall first overall in 2010 out of the University of Kentucky. In his seven NBA seasons since, Wall has blossomed into one of the NBA's best players with career averages of 18.8 points, 9.2 assists and 4.4 rebounds per game. He has been an All-Star in each of the past four seasons and is a one-time All-Defensive team selection.