WAMC's Ian Pickus reports on the NBA draft and the rest of the world of sports.
As expected, Kentucky sent six players through the NBA draft in Newark last night, including forward Anthony Davis, who was taken first by New Orleans. Last year’s player of the year and Final Four Most Outstanding Player was followed at number two by fellow Wildcat Michael Kidd-Gilchrist.
Washington took Florida guard Bradley Beal at three, and Syracuse guard Dion Waiters went to Cleveland with the four spot. Kansas’ Thomas Robinson headed to Sacramento with the fifth pick.
The draft wasn’t the only wheeling and dealing in the NBA last night…Lamar Odom has been sent back to L.A. – the Clippers this time — as part of a three-team deal that sends Mo Williams back to the Utah Jazz. And word that Heat champion Dwyane Wade needs knee surgery and will miss the Olympics.
Baseball now, where the Yankees blew a 3-1 lead in the ninth inning to fall to Chicago 4-3…New York still leads the East by five games over Baltimore, which fell to the Indians 7-2. Johnny Damon and Asdrubal Cabrera each had three-run bombs in that game. Seattle got 13 strikeouts from King Felix Hernandez to stop Boston 1-nothing…Mariners didn’t score until the last of the ninth. It was Detroit 5, Tampa Bay 2. Texas a 7-6 winner over Oakland on Ian Kinsler’s four hits. And someone break up the Angels, who won for the 14th time in 18 games after a putrid start, 9-7 over Toronto.
Senior circuit…The Mets got a strong start from Chris Young and beat the Dodgers 3-2…it was the Giants topping the Reds 5-0 to move into first in the West. Rockies 11, Nats 10 in a wild one. Arizona stopped Atlanta 3-2…Pirates 5, Phillies 4….and San Diego a 7-3 victor over Houston.
At Wimbledon, Rafael Nadal is out…the two-time champion fell to Lukas Rosol, the world’s 100th-ranked player. It’s Nadal’s earliest Grand Slam exit since 2005.
The Pittsburgh Penguins have re-signed star center Sidney Crosby to a 12-year extension…Crosby has struggled with concussions, missing much ice time over the last two years.
And Michael Phelps is still on pace to swim eight events at the London Olympics…he won eight golds in 2008.