Joe’s Morning Sports-Wednesday, June 27, 2018
A person familiar with the deal says that the Washington Wizards have agreed to trade center Marcin Gortat to the Los Angeles Clippers for guard Austin Rivers. The 34-year-old Gortat averaged 8.4 points and 7.6 rebounds last season, his lowest numbers since 2009-10. Rivers is eight years younger than Gortat and averaged a career-best 15.1 points and four assists last season.
Magic Johnson says he will step down as the Los Angeles Lakers’ president of basketball operations if he can’t persuade an elite free agent to sign with his club within the next two summers. Johnson took over the Lakers’ front office in February 2017 and immediately announced his plans to revive the struggling 16-time NBA champion franchise by enticing the game’s best players to join as free agents. With Paul George and potentially LeBron James headlining the market this summer, Johnson is leading the Lakers’ efforts to land both players. If those efforts don’t work, Johnson will pursue the large crop of 2019 free agents.
A body has been found at a New Jersey home where New York Giants cornerback Janoris Jenkins lives. The Bergen County prosecutor’s office says it is investigating a death at the house in Fair Lawn, about ten miles north of MetLife Stadium. Property records show Jenkins has lived at the house the last two years.
At yesterday’s FIFA World Cup, Argentina has scraped into the knockout stage of the World Cup after a tense 2-1 victory over Nigeria in a must-win game. Croatia sent Iceland home with a 2-1 defeat, Peru shutout Australia 2-0 and Denmark & France finished in a scoreless draw. In matches today, Mexico faces Sweden at 9:00 AM, South Korea takes on Germany at 9:00 AM, Serbia battles Brazil at 1:00, and Switzerland meets Costa Rica at 1:00.
Arkansas scored four fifth-inning runs against a faltering Luke Heimlich and moved a step closer to its first national championship in baseball with a 4-1 win over Oregon State in Game One of the College World Series finals last night at TD Ameritrade Park Omaha. The finals opener, delayed a day because of rain, seemed to have a little bit of everything. There was a fly ball lost in the sun that went for a ground-rule double, a runner interference call against the Beavers and an overturned foul call on a ball hit down the right-field line. Arkansas’ Grant Koch was 2-3 and scored a run and had an RBI in the win. Teammate starting pitcher Blaine Knight improved to 14-0 on the season after working six innings. He allowed seven hits and struck out six while giving up the Beavers’ only run. The Oregon State bullpen shut the door over the final three innings. Heimlich gave up four runs in 4 1/3 innings to drop to 16-3 on the year. Last year, he left the team before the CWS when it was revealed he had pleaded guilty to molesting a young relative when he was 15. The university allowed him to return to the team this year. Heimlich served two years of probation and went through a treatment program but denied wrongdoing in recent interviews with Sports Illustrated and The New York Times. Arkansas improves to 48-19 on the season after the win while Oregon State drops to 53-12-1. Game Two is tonight at 6:00.
Stroke Play Qualifying for the 51st Nebraska Match Play Championship at Champions Run in Omaha is complete and the field is down to 32 players. Norfolk’s Luke Kluver, Omaha’s Alex Schaake and Sean Song all finished at 139 (-5) to share medalist honors. Song is the top seed, Schaake the two seed, and Kluver is the three seed, after a blind draw. A 7-for-4 playoff capped off the day to cut the field to 32 players for match play, beginning today. Also making the cut were Norfolk’s Lance Lawson (148) & Kellen Rossman (150). Not reaching the match play portion include Creighton’s Chase Largen (155); Norfolk’s Jake Kluver (163); Columbus’ Bryce VunCannon (167); Homer’s Tyler Kirkholm (176); & Columbus’ Sam Morse (185).
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Final Tampa Bay 1 Washington 0
Final N-Y Yankees 6 Philadelphia 0
Final San Diego 3 Texas 2
Final Milwaukee 5 Kansas City 1
Final St. Louis 11 Cleveland 2
Final Seattle 3 Baltimore 2
Final Oakland 9 Detroit 7
Final Boston 9 L-A Angels 1
Final Houston 7 Toronto 0
Final Chi White Sox 8 Minnesota 4
Final N-Y Mets 4 Pittsburgh 3, 10 Innings
Final Arizona 5 Miami 3
Final Cincinnati 5 Atlanta 3
Final Chi Cubs 9 L-A Dodgers 4
Final San Francisco 3 Colorado 2