Vanderbilt and Virginia revved up for rare rematch, reports Adam Sparks of the Tennessean. The two teams start the championship series of the College World Series on Monday night in Omaha. Vanderbilt beat the Cavaliers last year in the finals to take the title. Monday night’s first game in the best-of-three is set for 8 p.m. on ESPN.
Guy Morriss wants Lexington to be his home again, writes Josh Moore of the Herald-Leader. “Morriss led UK in 2001 and 2002 following a recruiting scandal that dismantled the program under Hal Mumme’s watch. Morriss guided the Wildcats to 2-9 and 7-5 seasons before leaving to become the head coach at Baylor, where he went 18-40 over five seasons.”
J.B. Holmes shot a 76 on final day of U.S. Open, reports USGA. Just three shots back of the leader heading into Sunday, the former UK star slipped to 6-over par and finished in a tie for 27th. He started the day with a double bogey and it didn’t get much better. Holmes finished 5-over for the tournament, won by Jordan Spieth.
Darius Miller adds another title to his resume, reports the Herald-Leader. The former Mason County and UK star won a championship in Germany on Sunday. “Miller had 12 points and two assists in Brose Baskets’ 88-84 win over Bayern Munich in the deciding Game 5 of the finals of the Beko BBL, the top basketball league in Germany. Miller was 3-for-4 from three-point range.”
Kentucky’s own J.B. Holmes is tied for ninth going into Saturday’s third round of the U.S. Open at Chambers Bay in University Place, Washington.
After shooting a two-over-par 72 on Thursday, the former University of Kentucky golfer shot a four-under 66 on Friday to stand at -2 for the tournament. He’s three shots behind leaders Jordan Spieth and Patrick Reed.
Holmes’ 66 on Friday tied with Louis Oosthuizen for low round of the day. He eagled the par-5 No. 8 to go -3 under on the day. On the back nine, he birdied 10, 12, 14 and 16 and bogeyed 11, 13 and 17. It was his best round at a U.S. Open in five starts.
I’m not a huge golf fan, but I do watch the majors. So I watched a little of the U.S. Open from Chambers Bay on Thursday night, which was Fox Sports’ first foray into televising a golf major.
The coverage was almost as bad as my pick of Rickie Fowler, who shot an 81. Even Tiger Woods had a better day than Fowler.
As for the coverage, it was too much Fox being Fox. Too many goofy graphics. What in the name of Arnold Palmer was that dark-green circular graphic Fox used around the hole whenever a golfer was attempting a putt? Too many forced features. At one point, the network was trying to tell us how the trains that go by the course are like golf. Seriously?
As for the basics, too often, Fox didn’t tell you who was on the screen hitting the ball. It would leave its leaderboard graphic on the screen at the expense of seeing what was happening, or who was making it happen.
Then there’s Joe Buck. You either love him or hate him. I used to not mind Buck and his deadpan delivery. It might even be a welcome respite from Jim Nantz’s overwrought lovefest with Augusta. But a friend and avid golf fan texted me last night saying, “Joe Buck is completely out of his element.”
So is Fox. The good news: There are three more rounds for the network to show some improvement. The bad news: Fox has the U.S. Open for the next 12 years.