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Game Day: Weekly College Sports Report [7/9]

With the NBA and NHL seasons behind us, we shift our attention to the baseball diamond as we prepare for a summer full of walk-off home runs and eye opening catches.  It seems as though every season there is always one pitcher who grabs national headlines.  This year, it’s the Tigers’ Max Scherzer.  On Wednesday, Scherzer took the mound looking to become the first pitcher in nearly 30 years to start a season 13-0 as the Tigers faced off with World Series hopeful Blue Jays.

Another one of Major League Baseball’s biggest surprises this year is most certainly the Pittsburgh Pirates. On Friday, the Bucs looked to take control of the NL Central as they traveled to Wrigley Field to take on the struggling Cubs.

Marcell Ozuna Miami Marlins vs St Louis Cardinals July 7th 2013

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After Albert Pujols fled St. Louis for the sandy beaches of Southern California, many people, including myself, thought the Cardinals would experience a bit of dip this season.  Little did we know, the Cards picked up right where they left off, and find themselves in the hunt another World Series title.  The Cards faced off against the Marlins on Sunday in Busch Stadium as Lance Lynn looked to earn his 11th victory of the season.

Changing gears, we shift our attention to the All England Club in Wimbledon, where a Scot sought to end a 77-year-old drought.  A year ago, Andy Murray just fell short of ending a curse that has plagued Britain for nearly a century.  On Sunday, Murray faced off against no. 1-seed Novak Djokovic for a shot at redemption, not only for himself, but for his country as well.

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Need a Replay?

Andy Murray outlasts Novak Djokovic in one of their better rallies to move one point away from winning the title. Then, with the championship on the line, Murray finally reaches the mountain top to earn his second career Grand Slam title, thus ending Britain’s 77-year-old Wimbledon drought. Even he couldn’t believe it!

Can we see that again?

Tigers’ outfielder Austin Jackson does his best Superman impression, snagging a potential home run.

Wow! Let’s take another look:

In The News:

This week in college and pro sports news was marked by scandal and some draft updates…

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  • Everyone talks about how important it is to have a backup plan.  Florida quarterback, Jeff Driskel, has found his backup plan.  Last week, the junior football star signed a professional contract with the Boston Red Sox.  Despite his recent signing with the Sox, Driskel is still fully committed to the Florida football program and says he wishes to pursue a career in the NFL once his playing days in Gainesville are over.  Driskel led Florida to an 11-2 record and an appearance in the Sugar Bowl in his first year as a starter.

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  • For LSU running back Jeremy Hill, the 2012 football season was one to remember.  Since the end of last season, Hill has remained in the national headlines, only this time, not for his play on the field.  On Monday, East Baton Rouge Parish District Attorney Hillar Moore announced his office will formally charge Hill with misdemeanor simple battery in connection with a bar brawl that took place earlier this year.  Hill is currently on probation due to a guilty plea of misdemeanor carnal knowledge of a juvenile last year.  LSU football coach Les Miles suspended Jeremy Hill indefinitely pending the outcome of the case.

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  • Ohio State football coach, Urban Meyer, spoke out last week defending himself and the University of Florida over the treatment of former Florida tight end Aaron Hernandez.  Hernandez was charged with first-degree murder in connection with the death of Odin Lloyd.  In a text message sent to the Columbia Dispatch, Meyer says blaming these charges to the University of Florida, Florida staff, or himself are “irresponsible.”  Allegations have since risen that the University of Florida attempted to cover up multiple failed drug tests by Hernandez during his time on campus.  Meyer has said these allegations are “absolutely not true,” and that Hernandez was held to the same drug policy as every Florida player.

What was your favorite moment in college sports this week?


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