Saturday, June 5, 2010

ACC NCAA BASEBALL

FRIDAY JUNE 4

The Citadel 7, VIRGINIA TECH 2 - Recap
FLORIDA STATE 11, CCSU 3 - Recap
CLEMSON 10, Southern Miss 1 - Recap
VIRGINIA 15, VCU 4 - Recap
MIAMI 12, Dartmouth 8 - Recap
GEORGIA TECH 10, Mercer 0 - Recap
College Of Charleston 9, N.C. STATE 6 - Recap
NORTH CAROLINA 12, Cal 3 - Recap
(Photo: Clemson's Brad Miller makes a throw to first base in the fifth inning against Southern Mississippi during the NCAA college baseball regional play on Friday, June 4, 2010 in Auburn, Ala.)

THINGS THAT MAKE YOU GO...

Hmm...

Yesterday was "Ladies Day" at the famous Epsom Racecourse in England. Like our Kentucky Derby and Virginia Gold Cup, Ladies Day features ladies in fancy dresses and, at times, spectacular hats.

This particular young lass caught our eyes. Note the lovely dress and classic "big horse race" hat. Then check out the GIGANTIC grizzly bear TATOO all over her right uppper arm!

Yike!

We wager there were copious amounts of warm beer involved in that decision.

PICTURES OF THE DAY

BIG DAY FOR THREE-YEAR-OLDS. First Dude, the runner-up in the Preakness, looks to win the final leg of the Triple Crown the The 142nd Belmont Stakes.

Earlier today, Jockey Ryan Moore riding Workforce won the Investec Derby during the Investic Derby Festival at Epsom Racecourse on June 5, 2010 in Epsom, England.

The race is England's equivalent of our Kentucky Derby.



OLD SCHOOL: JOHN WOODEN DIES AT 99

The life lessons taught by John Wooden have become legend. Here's a collection of some of the greatest "Woodenisms."

"Things turn out best for the people who make the best of the way things turn out."

"Never mistake activity for achievement."

"Adversity is the state in which man mostly easily becomes acquainted with himself, being especially free of admirers then."

"Be more concerned with your character than your reputation, because your character is what you really are, while your reputation is merely what others think you are."

"Be prepared and be honest."

"You can't let praise or criticism get to you. It's a weakness to get caught up in either one."

"You can't live a perfect day without doing something for someone who will never be able to repay you."

"What you are as a person is far more important than what you are as a basketball player."

"Winning takes talent; to repeat takes character."

"A coach is someone who can give correction without causing resentment."

"I'd rather have a lot of talent and a little experience than a lot of experience and a little talent."

"If you don't have time to do it right, when will you have time to do it over?"

"If you're not making mistakes, then you're not doing anything. I'm positive that a doer makes mistakes."

"It isn't what you do, but how you do it."

"Ability is a poor man's wealth."

"Failure is not fatal, but failure to change might be."

"Consider the rights of others before your own feelings and the feelings of others before your own rights."

"Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do."

"Don't measure yourself by what you have accomplished, but by what you should have accomplished with your ability."

"It's not so important who starts the game but who finishes it."

"It's what you learn after you know it all that counts."

"It's the little details that are vital. Little things make big things happen."

"Talent is God-given. Be humble. Fame is man-given. Be grateful. Conceit is self-given. Be careful."

"The main ingredient of stardom is the rest of the team."

"Success comes from knowing that you did your best to become the best that you are capable of becoming."

"Success is never final; failure is never fatal. It's courage that counts."

Source: CoachWooden.com

Friday, June 4, 2010

EIGHT ACC SQUADS IN BASEBALL DANCE

A league record eight ACC teams will be among the 64-team field when the 2010 NCAA Division I Baseball Championship gets under way with regional play today.

Virginia (47-11), Georgia Tech (45-13) and Miami (40-17) were named as regional host schools by the NCAA on Sunday, and Florida State (42-17) earned an automatic berth by winning the 2010 ACC Baseball Championship.

Clemson (38-21), North Carolina (36-20), NC State (38-22) and Virginia Tech (38-20) were also among the field of 64 teams announced on Monday, bringing the ACC’s total representation to its conference-record total of eight.

The ACC placed seven teams in the 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2009 NCAA Championship fields. This marks the ninth straight year at least five ACC teams have qualified for NCAA postseason play.

The ACC, Pac-10 and SEC led all conference with eight teams selected to the 2010 NCAA field. The Big 12 had five teams chosen, while the Sun Belt and Big East Conferences each landed three spots.

In addition to being awarded the right to host a regional, Virginia received a No. 5 overall national seed. The Cavaliers are seeking to advance to the College World Series for the second straight year.

Georgia Tech joined the Cavaliers as a national seed, grabbing the eighth and final slot.
Virginia, Georgia Tech, Miami and Florida State are all seeded No. 1 in their regional fields. FSU is the only No. 1 regional seed that will not serve as a host school this weekend. The Seminoles will travel to Norwich, Conn., where second-seeded UConn will serve as the host.

Miami is in the field for the 38th consecutive year, extending its own national record. Florida State is making its 33rd straight appearance, second all-time. Those are the nation’s two current longest streaks, with Cal-State Fullerton’s 19 straight appearances ranking third.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

DUKE WINS FIRST LAX NATIONAL TITLE IN SPECTACULAR FASHION

By Edward Lee, The Baltimore Sun

CJ Costabile lived the dream.As a youth, Costabile imagined scoring the game-winning goal.

As a sophomore long-stick midfielder for Duke, Costabile did just that, scoring just five seconds into overtime to lift the No. 5 seed Blue Devils to a 6-5 victory decision over unseeded Notre Dame in the NCAA tournament final at M&T Bank Stadium on Monday.

On the opening faceoff of overtime, Costabile popped the ball away from Fighting Irish senior Trever Sipperly and collected it. He sprinted into the offensive zone and fired a shot from about 10 yards over goalkeeper Scott Rodgers' right shoulder to set off a wild celebration just outside the Notre Dame cage.

It was the fastest goal to start an overtime period in NCAA history, and it concluded the lowest-scoring game in NCAA history.

To read more, click here and here.

Championship game photo gallery, click here.

(Baltimore Sun photo by Gene Sweeney Jr. / May 31, 2010)

TOP-SEEDED MARYLAND WINS WOMEN’S LAX CHAMPIONSHIP

By Katherine Dunn, The Baltimore Sun

Maryland set the stage perfectly to bring the NCAA women's lacrosse championship back to College Park for the first time since 2001.

The Terrapins came in as the No. 1 seed, boasted the stingiest defense in the tournament and, being so close to their home turf in Towson, drew a mostly partisan crowd of red-clad fans.Facing five-time defending champion Northwestern, however, the Terrapins found themselves in a battle from the start as the No. 2-seeded Wildcats scored the first six goals.

Once the Terps banished the jitters and got used to facing into the sun, they reigned all over Northwestern's title streak.Maryland rallied to tie the game just before the half and scored three of the last four goals, including Caitlyn McFadden's game winner with 5:47 left, for a 13-11 victory and the program's 11th national crown before an announced record crowd of 9,782 at Towson University's Johnny Unitas Stadium.

To read more, click here.

(Baltimore Sun photo by Algerina Perna / May 30, 2010)

PICTURE(S) OF THE DAY

Duke players celebrate their 6-5 overtime win against Notre Dame in the NCAA Division I men's lacrosse final by holding up the championship trophy at M&T Bank Stadium.

Below, members of the Maryland women's lacrosse team celebrate with the NCAA Division I championship trophy after defeating Northwestern, 13-11, at Towson University's Johnny Unitas Stadium.


(Baltimore Sun photos by Algerina Perna and Gene Sweeney Jr.)

Sunday, May 30, 2010

DUKE SLIPS PAST TOP-RANKED CAVALIERS

The top-seeded Cavaliers could not protect a three-goal lead in the third quarter, and senior attackman Max Quinzani's goal with 12 seconds left in the fourth quarter lifted No. 5 seed Duke to a 14-13 victory in a NCAA Tournament semifinal at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore Saturday night.

The Blue Devils (15-4) earned a berth in the final against unseeded Notre Dame (10-6) on Monday at 3:30 p.m.

To read more, click here.

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