Tennessee baseball just won the school’s first team national championship in 15 years for any sport

Tennessee just won its first team national championship in 15 years.

The Tennessee Volunteers baseball just brought back the first team national championship to Knoxville since 2009.

Indeed, the team’s Game 3 win in the 2024 College World Series Final on Monday sparked the school’s first team NCAA national title win for any sport in 15 years.

Per the school, the last time a Vols team won a championship was the women’s indoor track and field team in 2009, with the women’s basketball team winning back-to-back national titles in 2007 and 2008 under legend Pat Summitt.

For comparison, the men’s basketball team has never won a national championship and the football team hasn’t won one since 1998.

This is the Volunteers baseball team’s first-ever national title, making it even sweeter on Rocky Top for the national championship drought to finally end.

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As the 2024 NBA draft draws near, what are we hearing about the San Antonio Spurs’ plans?

Could the Spurs up in the draft, or out of it entirely to use one or even both picks to bring in an established player via trade?

The 2024 NBA draft is nearly upon us, with the San Antonio Spurs the sole team in the league that controls multiple picks in the 2024 NBA draft lottery. Ahead of the big event, a number of rumors and a mountain of speculation continues to swirl about what the team’s front office will do with those two lottery picks.

The Spurs have made it clear that they hope to add the sort of players to the team that would compliment star forward Victor Wembanyama, but what does that mean in practice? Trading up in the draft, or out of it entirely to use one or even both picks to bring in an established player via trade?

The folks behind the “TSR Sports” YouTube channel recently put together an expansive video covering all the rumors and theories they have been hearing about San Antonio’s draft plans.

Take a look at the clip embedded above to hear what they had to say.

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Meet Brodie, the very good dog who got a front-row seat to Game 7 of the 2024 Stanely Cup Final

This is the best Stanley Cup boy ever.

If you were watching Game 7 of this year’s Stanley Cup in Miami between the Florida Panthers and Edmonton Oilers, you might’ve noticed a big dog sitting right by the glass.

Who is that dog, you might ask? Have you seen this dog before? Well, as it turns out, you probably have.

The very good dog in question at Monday night’s Stanley Cup game is Brodie the Goldendoodle, who has attended sporting events in the past.

His Instagram (@brodiethatdood) stories on Monday showed that Brodie was indeed the dog sitting by the rink with his owner, taking in the exciting hockey festivities.

 

In fact, Brodie has gotten into a dance battle at a Los Angeles Lakers game while sitting courtside (in his owner’s lap).

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No matter who won Monday night’s Game 7 for Lord Stanley’s Cup, it’s clear that Brodie is the real winner for being a very good boy.

Maybe someone will fill the Stanley Cup with water and let Brodie take a few drinks of it for being the best pup?

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New York Yankees at New York Mets odds, picks and predictions

Analyzing Tuesday’s New York Yankees at New York Mets odds and lines, with MLB expert picks, predictions and best bets.

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The New York Yankees (52-28) and New York Mets (37-39) play the 1st game of a 2-game Subway Series Tuesday. First pitch from Citi Field is scheduled for 7:10 p.m. ET (TBS). Let’s analyze FanDuel Sportsbook’s lines around the Yankees vs. Mets odds and make our expert MLB picks and predictions for the best bets.

Season series: First meeting; split 4 games last season

New York’s American League entry lost a weekend set to the Atlanta Braves 2 games to 1. The Yankees head across town having faltered in 6 of their last 8 games.

The Mets have been on a different trajectory of late. They are coming off taking 2 of 3 from the Chicago Cubs over a weekend set at Wrigley Field and are 9-2 since June 12.

Yankees at Mets projected starters

RHP Gerrit Cole vs. LHP David Peterson

Cole (0-0, 4.50 ERA) is tabbed for his 2nd start. He allowed 2 ER on 3 hits and 1 walk with 5 K’s in 4 IP in his season debut, a 7-6 home loss in 10 innings vs. the Baltimore Orioles Wednesday.

  • Career vs. Mets: 2-2, 5.89 ERA (36 2/3 IP, 24 ER), 1.61 WHIP, 10.3 K/9 in 7 starts, including 0-0 with 1.50 ERA (6 IP, 1 ER) in 1 start last season
  • Started season late after being shut down with elbow inflammation during spring training
  • Logged a 2.63 ERA in 33 starts last season

Peterson (3-0, 3.97 ERA) is lined up for his 5th start. He’s logged a 1.41 WHIP, 3.2 BB/9 and 4.8 K/9 in 22 2/3 IP.

  • Last outing: Win, 6 IP, 2 ER, 4 H, 3 BB, 6 K in 14-2 win at Texas Rangers June 17
  • Career vs. Yankees: 0-0, 10.38 ERA (4 1/3 IP, 5 ER), 5 H, 4 BB, 4 K in 1 start and 1 relief appearance — last faced them in 2022
  • Missed all of April and most of May after having offseason hip surgery

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Yankees at Mets odds

Provided by FanDuel Sportsbook; access USA TODAY Sports Scores and Sports Betting Odds hub for a full list. Lines last updated Monday at 10:32 p.m. ET.

  • Moneyline: Yankees -156 (bet $156 to win $100) | Mets +132 (bet $100 to win $132)
  • Run line (RL)/Against the spread (ATS): Yankees -1.5 (+106) | Mets +1.5 (-128)
  • Over/Under (O/U): 8.5 (O: +100 | U: -122)

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Yankees at Mets picks and predictions

Prediction

Mets 5, Yankees 4

Moneyline

The METS (+132) are 4-1 over their last 5 home games against the Yankees. They’ve clocked a robust .888 OPS en route to scoring 6.55 runs per game since June 12.

With Cole making just his 2nd start off the IL and with the home nine having much the better bullpen of late, BACK THE METS (+132).

Run line/Against the spread

No value here: PASS.

Over/Under

The Over has cashed in 6 of the last 8 Yanks-Mets games at Citi Field.

Tag Cole and the Yankee bullpen with some fade lean. Add some uncertainty for Peterson who is starting on long rest (career .784 OPS allowed on 6 or more days of rest).

The weather forecast calls for a warm night with a batter’s breeze.

BACK THE OVER 8.5 (+100).

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How would Kentucky point guard Rob Dillingham fit next to star Spurs forward Victor Wembanyama?

A maestro on the offensive end of the court, the main knock on the former Wildcat is his turnstile-like defense and slight frame.

How would University of Kentucky point guard Rob Dillingham fit next to star San Antonio Spurs forward Victor Wembanyama? The San Antonio Spurs are armed with a pair of lottery picks at Nos. 4 and 8 overall in the 2024 NBA draft to surround Wemby with ideal teammates.

Would Dillingham fit the admittedly tall bill that concept sets for a player being taken into San Antonio’s roster? A maestro on the offensive end of the court, the main knock on the former Wildcat is his turnstile-like defense and slight frame. But could Wemby’s defensive acumen make up for that lack of defensive skills in Dillingham?

The folks behind the “SSPN: A San Antonio Spurs Podcast” YouTube channel recently put together a clip exploring this idea for the Spurs’ draft plans this summer.

Take a look at the clip embedded below to hear what they had to say about the Kentucky guard’s fit with a generational talent.

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Tennessee’s Hunter Ensley juked the Texas A&M catcher to score a huge run in College World Series Final Game 3

Hunter Ensley chose the perfect moment to break out one of the best slides we’ve ever seen.

Tennessee outfielder Hunter Ensley brought out his best moves with the Tennessee Volunteers’ first baseball national title in program history on the line.

Teammate Dylan Dreiling hit a huge two-run homer earlier in the seventh inning of the decisive College World Series Final Game 3 to give Tennessee a 5-1 lead, and off a double from Kavares Tears, Ensley managed to cross the plate and score a run thanks to an incredibly nifty slide.

He avoided Texas A&M catcher Jackson Appel, who failed to catch the ball in front of the plate, entirely as he juked out of the way Matrix-style. That run ultimately gave the Volunteers a 6-1 lead entering the eighth inning.

Both the Volunteers and the Aggies are seeking their first national titles in program history. After a convincing win in Game 1 on Saturday, Texas A&M nearly locked up the series on Sunday before squandering a late 1-0 lead.

Now, in the game that decides it all, Ensley chose the perfect moment to break out one of the best slides we’ve ever seen.

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Panthers owner David Tepper issues statement on approval of stadium renovation

We know of one guy who was probably happy on Monday night . . .

David Tepper may have been the butt of a joke or two on Monday night, but it was he who had the last laugh.

This evening, the Charlotte City Council—by a vote of seven to three—approved plans for the massive renovation of Bank of America Stadium. The Carolina Panthers and Charlotte FC owner issued the following statement shortly after the passing of the proposal:

“Today’s vote by the Charlotte City Council is the culmination of many thoughtful discussions with city officials, local leaders, and our fans to create a shared vision for Bank of America Stadium. Nicole and I are grateful for the collaboration and support of the project, as well as our ongoing partnership between Tepper Sports & Entertainment and the city.”

“For nearly 30 years, Charlotte has been the home of the Carolina Panthers and, more recently, Charlotte FC. We are proud to be in the Carolinas and look forward to delivering a venue that meets the needs of our community, players, and fans for years to come.”

The city is now set to invest $650 million into the project, which is expected to begin work in 2026.

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Report: Nets’ Mikal Bridges inquired about by Jazz, Rockets, and Knicks

Per Jake Fischer of Yahoo! Sports, Brooklyn Nets guard Mikal Bridges’ trade availability is being monitored by the Utah Jazz, among others.

The Brooklyn Nets are one of the teams that have different ways that they can go when it comes to their rebuilding process from this point on. One of the players that Brooklyn has been adamant about holding on to is catching attention from teams other than the Houston Rockets these days.

According to Jake Fischer of Yahoo! Sports, Nets guard Mikal Bridges’ trade status is being monitored not only by the Rockets, but by the New York Knicks and Utah Jazz as well. As many Nets fans know, Bridges is a player that plenty of teams have been trying to trade for ever since he came to Brooklyn in the 2022-23 season as a result of the Kevin Durant trade.

“So, what could be the next big swing on the Jazz’s radar? Brooklyn Nets swingman Mikal Bridges, according to league sources, is a player to monitor among Utah’s most aggressive aspirations,” Fischer wrote. “The Jazz are said to be right in the mix with Houston, holding the No. 3 pick, and New York, where three of Bridges’ college teammates currently play, among the teams that continue to check with Brooklyn about the availability of its 27-year-old swingman.”

Houston has seemed like a natural trade partner for the Nets given that they have control of all of Brooklyn’s picks for the next few years due to the James Harden trade. From what Fischer writes, it seems that Utah is looking to add a player that can play along aside forward Lauri Markkanen and that the Knicks are trying to have Bridges be the last piece of their championship puzzle.

Either way, the Nets have been clear since they brought Bridges to Brooklyn that they are not trading him, even for the best of offers from opposing teams. The Nets have made it clear that want Bridges on the team for whatever they plan to do for the future, rebuilding or competing for a title.

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Alex Caruso details excitement over reunion with Mark Daigneault

Alex Caruso details excitement over reunion with Mark Daigneault.

After nearly a decade, Mark Daigneault and Alex Caruso were reunited as a coach-player duo. This time around, it’s with the Oklahoma City Thunder instead of the G League’s OKC Blue.

Caruso was sent to the Thunder in a trade that shipped Josh Giddey to the Chicago Bulls. The 30-year-old is a smoother fit in OKC than the latter was due to his 3-and-D abilities.

After going undrafted in 2016, Caruso had his first real stop in the NBA with the Blue. He used that opportunity to springboard his tenure with the Los Angeles Lakers, where he carved out an NBA career.

He signed with the Bulls in 2021 and enjoyed individual success. He was named to back-to-back All-Defensive Teams and shot 40.8% from 3 on 4.7 attempts last season in a clunky Chicago offense.

Daigneault underwent a similar unorthodox path. The 39-year-old went from the Blue’s head coach to Thunder assistant to Thunder head coach in 2020.

Even when they lost, it was evident how bright his future was in the league. Daigneault’s coaching proxy was rewarded when he was named the Coach of the Year this past season. He shepherded the youngest first seed in league history.

After both individuals had their unique paths to success, they now have a chance to be productive at the NBA level. Caruso said he talked to Daigneault after the deal and both exchanged pleasantries and jabs.

“I was smiling ear to ear talking to him on the phone just because I was excited to play for him again,” Caruso said. “He told me, ‘Don’t be a smarta–.’ I told him, ‘I can’t wait for him to cuss me out at the first practice when I mess something up.’

“We’ll hit the ground running. It’ll be great just like it always is.”

As the Thunder embarks on a contention window, Daigneault will get more shots to help carve out the roster that best suits the team’s style. One of his first shots at helping bring in a win-now player involved a former G League player he coached. That’s the value of building those relationships.

Even though Caruso is only under contract for one year, it’s evident his pairing with the Thunder is a match made in heaven. Both sides mutually benefit from their presence.

“A lot of growth from when we first started together,” Caruso said. “There’s a lot of positives and a lot of learning experiences we could take from those years.”

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Charlotte City Council approves Panthers’ renovation plan for Bank of America Stadium

Renovation plans for Bank of America Stadium moved forward on Monday night.

The home of the Carolina Panthers (and Charlotte FC) is set for a facelift.

On Monday night, the Charlotte City Council approved plans on a long-term agreement with Tepper Sports & Entertainment to update Bank of America Stadium. The members voted seven to three in favor of the proposal,  appropriating a fixed investment of $650 million towards stadium renovations and a new field house.

Among those in attendance for the meeting included Panthers team president Kristi Coleman, Charlotte FC team president Joe LaBue, Tepper Sports & Entertainment chief venues officer Caroline Wright and Panthers all-time leading rusher Jonathan Stewart—who spoke in support of the project.

The proposal, which was officially released three weeks ago today, noted the following about the plans:

Imagine entering the stadium through an inviting perimeter with a park-like setting and exterior video boards for watch parties and other viewing opportunities. Once inside, fans will experience the best in technology with a new state-of-the-art sound system, scoreboard, and video boards. They can enjoy exciting, unique social areas with skyline views, improved concessions with regional offerings, and an expanded Team Store to better accommodate Panthers and Charlotte FC fans. Arts and culture elements will be infused throughout the design to reflect the vibrant culture across the Carolinas.

  • Brand-new seats installed throughout the bowl.
  • Improved accessibility throughout the facility, designed and constructed in a way that allows individuals with a range of disabilities to have access without barriers.
  • Stadium safety and security enhancements, including illuminated wayfinding and improved lighting.
  • A reimagined South Lawn Pavilion area that can be used as a community gathering spot and outdoor classroom on game days and non-event days.
  • Upgraded restrooms throughout the stadium for better sustainability, accessibility and speed of service.
  • Enhancements to the stadium exterior to reaffirm its place as an iconic, beloved fixture of the Charlotte skyline.
  • A reduction of our impact on the environment and demand on city infrastructure through the modernization of the building systems, including mechanical, plumbing, electrical and HVAC.

For photos of the proposed renovation, click here.

Work on the stadium is expected to begin in 2026.

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