Royals defeat Braves 5-4 behind Duffy, Gordon
Danny Duffy allowed just one run on five hits and one walk to go with 11 strikeouts in six innings Tuesday to help the Royals to a 5-4 win over the Atlanta Braves. Alex Gordon went 3-for-4 with two runs and two RBIs including a double and a sixth inning solo home run off of Dallas Keuchel.
Those three hits for Alex Gordon made up 60% of the team’s five hits in the game. One of the other two hits was from Whit Merrifield as you would expect. The only other hit was a solo home run hit by pinch hitter Lucas Duda to give the Royals a 3-2 lead in the eighth right after the Braves tied the game in the bottom of the seventh.
Chiefs rookies and quarterbacks report to camp
Chiefs rookies and quarterbacks reported to training camp Tuesday in St. Joseph, Missouri. Workouts will begin on Wednesday. Veterans report on Friday. The first full practice is on Saturday.
Pac 12 title game locations announced
The Pac 12 college football championship will be played at Hollywood Park Stadium, the new stadium being built for the Rams and Chargers, in 2020. In 2021 the game will be played at the new home for the Raiders in Las Vegas.
Big 12 / SEC Challenge matchups set
The Big 12 / SEC Challenge for this upcoming basketball season was released on Tuesday.
Kansas will host Tennessee at Allen Fieldhouse. Kansas’ streak of Big 12 titles came to an end last season. They finished with a 12-6 conference record which was good for third in the conference behind Texas Tech and Kansas State. Tennessee finished tied for second in the SEC last season with a 15-3 record, one game behind LSU and tied with Kentucky. Tennessee finished 10th in the KenPom ratings last season. These two played last season in the NIT Season Tip-Off before Udoka Azubuike was injured. Kansas won 87-81 in overtime. Dedric Lawson led all players with 24 points and 13 rebounds.
Missouri will travel to West Virginia. Missouri finished 12th in the SEC last season with a 5-13 conference record, 15-17 overall. West Virginia dropped off quickly last season. They finished with a 4-14 conference record good for last in the Big 12.
Kansas State will play at Alabama. Kansas State finished tied for first in the Big 12 last season with a 14-4 record, 25-9 overall. Alabama finished tied for ninth last season with Arkansas in the SEC with an 8-10 conference record.
DePaul hit with NCAA sanctions
The NCAA suspended DePaul basketball coach Dave Leitao for three games and placed the program on three years probation for multiple level two infractions. Leitao was deemed responsible for not stopping or preventing rules violations under his watch. The NCAA said that an associate head coach directed a former assistant director of basketball operations to provide impermissible recruiting benefits to a player. DePaul will vacate 25 games played by an ineligible player and pay a fine of $5,000 plus 1% of the program’s budget. A former associate head coach received a three-year show-cause penalty.