wolverines one victory away from college baseball world series


Michigan Wolverines lose 5-4 heart-breaker in 12 innings at UCLA; College baseball world series berth goes to winner of Game 3 Sunday night

LOS ANGELES (CCN) — The Michigan Wolverines blew a 3-1 lead Saturday night and eventually lost a 5-4 decision in 12 innings in Game 2 of their best-of-three series for the Super Regional championship. The winner of Sunday's Game 3 will move on to the field of eight in Omaha at the College Baseball World Series. Michigan, now 45-20 on the season, had beaten UCLA 3-2 in the series opener on Friday night to grab a 1-0 lead.

UCLA has been college baseball's No. 1 ranked team for the past 12 weeks and also rebounded from a Game 1 loss last weekend in a double elimination tournament at the Regional round. UCLA also had home field advantage last weekend at its Jackie Robinson Stadium where a sell-out crowd was on hand for Saturday night. UCLA stranded 15 UM runners on base and couldn't take advantage of four UM errors and 10 walks. The Bruins had the bases loaded in the 11th inning with nobody out but UM pulled off a double play to keep it tied up at 4-4.

Michael Toglia's solo home run for UCLA in the 8th inning tied the game at 3-3 and the Bruins then went ahead 4-3 in the top of the 9th when UM leftfielder Chase Bullock misplayed a two-out fly ball to allow an unearned run.

Michigan promptly rallied to tie it in the bottom of the 9th when last weekend's Oregon State Regional MVP Jimmy Kerr led off with a double , advanced to third on a sacrifice bunt by Blake Nelson sacrifice and scored on a RBI sacrifice fly by Jack Blomgren. Sophomore catcher Joe Donovan, who had ripped a two-run homer in the 2nd inning to give UM a 3-1 lead, smacked a shot to the left field warning track with two outs in the bottom of the 9th inning that nearly won it for the Wolverines. They surrendered another unearned run to lose it in the 12th.

Golden State Warriors superstar Kevin Durant declared by doctor as out for rest of NBA Finals Series against Raptors


OAKLAND (CCN) — Kevin Durant won't be returning to the lineup for the Golden State Warriors in the NBA Finals Championship Series against the Toronto Raptors. That was the news from their team doctor on Friday, just hours  before tip-off for tonight's 9 pm contest. The Raptors won Game 3 on Wednesday night in Oakland to take a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven series.

CBS Sports reported at about 2 o'clock Friday that Durant was ruled out for the rest of the series by Dr. Alan Beyer who is an orthopedic surgeon and the executive medical director at Hoag Orthopedic Institute in Southern California. "This is not a black-and-white injury, as I said when it first happened and we got the diagnosis," Dr. Beyer told CBS Sports. "I knew it would be at least two weeks recovery time even if it was just a Grade 1 strain. Now it's been just over four weeks, so maybe it was a Grade 1-plus, or a Grade 2. Even if it's just a Grade 1, this is a tough injury to gauge because you just don't know when that function is going to fully return. It's different for every athlete. All (Durant) can do is go through the steps and be patient, which has to be so tough for him right now. But this isn't an injury you can rush. One, there's the chance of re-injury, you know, if he comes back on a still partially torn calf and then fully tears it. That would be a major injury. He's a free agent this year. He would really regret that. At the end of the day, this injury is a matter of performance. Durant is a guy that needs absolutely optimal performance of his gastroc muscle (calf) to jump. It's not a play-through-it type deal. He can't do the things he needs to do to play. Again, it's entirely feasible that function just won't return in time to play in this series. Or he could wake up and have that breakthrough he needs, ramp up his on-court activity and get back out there. It really is day to day."

 The good news for the Warriors is that Clay Thompson will be back for Game 4. He missed Game 3 when the Warriors lost despite a 47-point outburst by Steph Curry.

St. Louis Blues win 2-1 in Game 5 in Boston over Bruins to take 3-2 lead in NHL Stanley Cup Finals Series


BOSTON (CCN) — The St. Louis Blues can close out the NHL Stanley Cup Finals series by winning Sunday night at home. They made that possible by winning Game 5 on the road in Boston by a 2-1 score over the Bruins to take a 3-2 lead in their best-of-seven series for the title.

Jordan Binnington makes 38 saves for the Blues while Ryan O'Reilly and David Perron scored their goals on Thursday night in front of a sell-out crowd in Boston.

 The Blues have never won the Stanley Cup and they haven't been in the finals since 1970 when beaten in a four-game sweep by the Bruins. They lost Game 4 on an overtime goal by Bobby Orr that was captured in a famous photo with the Hall-of-Fame defenseman flying through the air after his game winner.

Michigan Wolverines open Super Regional Best-of-3 Series at UCLA in hopes of reaching first NCAA College Baseball World Series since 1984


LOS ANGELES (CCN) — The Michigan Wolverines, who have not been in college baseball's world series since 1984, take on No. 1 ranked UCLA in Friday's 6 pm opener of their best-of-three series for the Super Regional title. UM hasn't been to the Super Regional round since 2007 and won only its second Regional championship since 1984 last weekend at Oregon State University.

UM was three outs away from the Regional title in the top of the 9th inning last Sunday when blowing a 7-4 lead and losing 11-7 to Creighton, but then rebounded to bomb Creighton 17-6 on Monday. The Wolverines won Friday's opener last week by blanking Creighton 6-0, then beat Cincinnati 10-4. Defending national champion Oregon State was also in the field but lost games to Cincinnati and Creighton.