Roundup: USC women win NCAA track & field title thanks to 4x400m comeback
Add another championship to the 2017-18 season for the Pac-12, as the USC women won the NCAA track & field championship Saturday in Eugene in dramatic fashion, making a monster comeback in the 4x400 relay (winning the event by seven-hundredths of a second over Purdue) to defeat Georgia by a point. USCTrojans.com on the first link, @NCAATrackField on the second.
Our crew caught up with Arizona State’s Maggie Ewen after she won the NCAA discus title on her final throw (60.48 meters did the trick).
In other T&F championship news, you should know that Colorado’s Val Constien finished fifth in the steeplechase (BuffZone.com). The Buffs have long been known for their prowess in the steeplechase.
It was quite a Super Regional weekend if you’re a Pac-12 baseball fan (which we’re guessing you are if you’re reading this), as both Oregon State and Washington have advanced to the College World Series. On the Beavers’ side of things, Oregon State swept Minnesota, getting a two-run single from Adley Rutschman in the ninth inning of Game 2 to help the Beavers beat Minnesota 6-3 to get to Omaha (The Oregonian/OregonLive).
Oregon State’s weekend was considerably less nerve-racking than Washington’s, as the Huskies erased ninth and 10th-inning deficits in Game 3 to defeat Cal State Fullerton and earn their first College World Series appearance in program history (The Seattle Times).
A group of Oregon hoopers have led the USA women’s 3-on-3 team to an undefeated record in pool play and into the quarterfinals of the 2018 FIBA 3x3 Basketball World Cup in the Philippines (ABS-CBN News). Sabrina Ionescu, Ruthy Hebard, Erin Boley and Oti Gildon have so far led the Yanks to wins over Iran, Andorra, Uganda and defending-champion Russia.
Cal’s Collin Morikawa was named Golfweek Men’s Player of the Year, the publication announced Sunday. Morikawa was the No. 1 ranked golfer nationally in the last collegiate individual rankings by Golfweek/Sagarin.
You probably know that Justify completed the Triple Crown on Saturday, but did you know that Rob Gronkowski’s horse, Gronkowski, finished second at the Belmont Stakes? Jason Owens of Yahoo Sports gives us more on the story.
With the U.S. Open beginning Thursday, USA TODAY decided to give us an oral history of Tiger Woods’ victory at the 2008 U.S. Open, his last first-place finish at a major.
Ben Bolch of the Los Angeles Times reports that Jackson Gibbs and Alex Akingbulu are leaving the UCLA football team. Gibbs, a quarterback, announced that he was transferring to Appalachian State, while Akingbulu, a guard, is trying to decide between staying at UCLA as a student or transfer elsewhere.
Kurt Kragthorpe of The Salt Lake Tribune looks back at the 2008 Utah football team that went undefeated and beat Alabama in the Sugar Bowl.
Congrats to the Golden State Warriors for winning their third NBA title in four seasons, and SB Nation dedicated an article to basking in the glory of how Klay Thompson celebrated the Warriors’ championship.