Home / Sports News (page 5)

Sports News

It was all USA women as they opened play as favorites to defend their championship and overwhelmed Thailand, 13-0, Tuesday in Group F in France of the prestigious World Cup

By Arnie Leshin It was as simple as lining up for a lucky 13 apple pies and leaving nothing for the team not dressed in red, white and blue.   For the favored defending champion United Stateswomen, they opened World Cup play in Reims, France, Tuesday with a star-spangled banner …

Read More »

Head coach Mike Martin unbelievably returns Florida State baseball to the NCAA Division I World Series in his 40th and final season, with the surging unranked Seminoles seeking Martin’s first national championship in Omaha, Neb.

By Arnie Leshin He was like a kid in a candy store. When the winning run came across Sunday, Mike Martin just stood in front of his dugout and silently shook his head and watched his Florida State players celebrate in the area of first base.   But it didn’t …

Read More »

Former New Mexico State’s basketball star Pascal Siakam is playing like he wants to hear the “Fat Lady” sing in Toronto Monday night and bring the Raptors their initial NBA championship

By Arnie Leshin  Tough to follow history of the National Basketball Association, but if the “Fat Lady” sings Monday night in Toronto, only the present will count and the Raptors will celebrate their first NBA championship.   And it will have a New Mexico State player on the roster, and …

Read More »

The playing field now in the hands of the NCAA Men’s Division I Baseball Tournament, and the Sweet 16 Super Regional comes to bat Friday in double-elimination play at campus sites

By Arnie Leshin Kudos to the women, congratulations to UCLA junior right-hander Rachel Garcia’s masterful accomplishment from the circle. Hip, hip hurray to the hit parade the Bruins rang up at the NCAA Division I Softball World Series played at the USAHall of Fame Stadium in Oklahoma City.   Great …

Read More »

Never too late as retiring Florida State head baseball coach Mike Martin comes off the ACC tournament championship and the NCCA Regional title with Omaha, Neb., still on his mind

By Arnie Leshin Mike Martin couldn’t have said it better.   “This is where I wanted to be,” he said as his 40 years of head baseball coach at Florida State winds down.   Now 75, nobody has more career wins (2,022) in any NCAA sport. His teams have won …

Read More »

It was a mob scene at home plate for UCLA, when in the bottom of the 10th inning, junior Rachel Garcia finally ended this tense, scoreless clash versus PAC 10 foe Washington with a 3-run clout over the left field fence to win 3-1 Sunday

By Arnie Leshin After throwing 179 pitches, Rachel Garcia might have been weary, but the UCLA redshirt junior had enough left to send a 2-out, 2-on pitch over the fence in left field and advance the 2nd seeded Bruins into the best-of-3 Championship finals of the 48th annual Division I …

Read More »

Augustana of South Dakota turns back Texas A & M-Kingsville for the Division II NCAA softball championship, and Texas Lutheran takes Division II title over Emery College

By Arnie Leshin Division I softball tournament gets the biggest play every year. It gets media coverage and also all-day continuous television coverage when the 64-school field winds down to regional, super regional, and the Elite Eight World Series in Oklahoma City, the biggest stage of all for the popular …

Read More »

Former Boston Red Sox Bill Buckner passes away at the age of 69 Monday, with the infamous ground ball error in game 6 of the 1986 World Series doing injustice to his fine career as a player

By Arnie Leshin  I hustled from the press box at Shea Stadium to the third base dugout of the Boston Red Sox. Couldn’t waste any time. The Bo Sox hadn’t been or won a World Series since 1918, but now they had the New York Mets down to one strike …

Read More »

The ladies take the field in Oklahoma City Thursday for the 37th annual NCAA Division I Softball Tournament World Series, with the Elite Eight to reign in a new champion

By Arnie Leshin  Ladies first. The men’s college baseball tournament is still backstage and playing for the conference championships to be followed by the selection of the 64-school field that will wind its way to Omaha, Neb., for its Elite Eight World Series.   But not before the NCAA Division …

Read More »