LSU baserunner called out on play where he was clearly safe

LSU and Florida are currently locked into a College World Series dogfight, with the Gators holding a slim 4-3 advantage in the top of the ninth.

Big bat Greg Deichmann reached first on a strong double down the first base line to begin the inning, then centerfielder Zach Watson popped out to center. Up came third baseman Josh Smith, with high hopes of batting Deichmann around to at least cross another runner for the tie.

The Seminoles’ first baseman Drew Mendoza fielded the ball clean, then underhanded it over to pitcher Andrew Karp, who couldn’t make the catch. Then, catcher Cal Raleigh slinged the ball over to Mendoza, who couldn’t help but collide with Smith, who sort of half-slid back to the bag. Never have four baseball players looked more confused about what is happening around them.

Only Mendoza earned a throwing error on the play, which is actually remarkable.

All told, two players ended up on their asses on this play, with Mendoza’s fall-then-roll bewilderment taking the trophy for most awkward gymnastics of the entire sequence.

Anyway, Florida State plated a run in the bottom of the frame, and LSU continues to hold a commanding lead over the Noles, 5-2.

The 2017 NCAA baseball tournament and College World Series delivered some of the most watchable baseball of the year. In fact, baseball is one of the few sports where the college game may outdo the professional game in terms of enjoyment factor, inasmuch as the amateurs use every inch of the field, fiddle around Wholesale NFL Jerseys China with batting order and pitching staffs, and commit heinous errors while New Nike NFL Jerseys doing so.

It wasn’t just NFL teams that were worried about the people McFadden was associating with socially

It was jarring to realize that he was 70 — jarring even for the chair of the parole board, Connie Bisbee, who early on noted that he’s “currently 90 years old” before jokingly correcting herself. And, of course, Simpson chuckling right back.

But there he was, far closer to the end than to the beginning. The sight of his eldest daughter Arnelle, tearfully speaking on behalf of his family to support him, was additional living proof. She and her brother Jason were toddlers when he played for the Bills, children of a wife, Marguerite, who is practically forgotten now. They were young adults when he was on trial for killing Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman.

That case was a factor this time only because the not-guilty verdict meant he had no prior convictions the parole board could hold against him. Of course, it was the elephant in the room.

It’s the elephant in his life. Everything he’s been and everything he’s done, before and after, gets viewed through that prism, forever.

In McFadden’s case, it was his off-field behavior at the University of Arkansas more than a decade ago that drew the types of negative headlines Elliott is receiving because of actions, both alleged and documented; actions like pulling down a woman’s top at a St. Patrick’s Day parade and getting charged with driving 100 miles per hour (Elliott is appealing the ticket). McFadden was involved in two fights at nightclubs during his time with the Razorbacks and was named in multiple paternity suits.

It wasn’t just NFL teams that were worried about the people McFadden was associating with socially, or whether he could avoid some of the temptations that can lead professional athletes astray.

Having accepted an invitation to attend the 2008 NFL Draft, McFadden met privately Wholesale NFL Jerseys China with NFL USA Basketball Cheap Jerseys commissioner Roger Goodell at league headquarters before he was picked by Oakland.

Warriors, Timberwolves to play pair of preseason games in China

The Warriors and Timberwolves are headed overseas.

Golden State and Minnesota have been slated to play a pair of preseason games in China as part of the NBA Global Games China 2017, the NBA announced Monday.

The teams are scheduled to tip off in Shenzhen on Oct. 5 and again in Shanghai on Oct. 8.

“It was very disrespectful,” Brandon Jennings said.

Jennings, seeing McGee going for the 3-point attempt, purposely fouled the Warriors center for taking the shot.

“Thank God he didn’t go to the rack, it probably would have been worse for him. But any time like that, I think you should let [the] clock run out. I think it was already disrespectful that they were trying to get Draymond a triple-double, Steph was out there with 40. So, I just felt it was disrespectful.”

John Wall stood up for his teammate: “Whenever a team is up like that, supposedly, you just hold the ball and take a shot-clock violation. So what Brandon did, I don’t think it was dirty. I think it was the right play. You don’t let nobody try to embarrass you and I think that’s what they were trying to do.”

McGee, however, didn’t really care about their comments.

“I’m glad Brandon fouled me,” he said. “I was going to air ball that three. Shout out to Brandon Jennings.”

Self has a good thing going at Kansas and five years on his contract, so Wholesale Jerseys China it would take a very enticing offer to draw him away from Lawrence. He was under consideration for Wholesale NFL Jerseys China the Cavaliers job when it went, eventually, to David Blatt, and it’s hard to imagine him leaving the Jayhawks for a rebuilding project.

He has had to manage some difficult situations and oversized egos, but has maintained a high level of success. It might be a few years before he takes the chance, but Self has been and will remain on the NBA’s radar.