Archive for June, 2014

Kennesaw State’s Pentecost chosen nation’s top catcher

Catcher Max Pentecost of Kennesaw State won the Johnny Bench Award from the Greater Wichita (Kan.) Area Sports Commission banquet. The award goes to the top Division I catcher.

Pentecost became the first KSU player to win the award and the first from Georgia.

Indiana’s Kyle Schwarber and Ole Miss’ Will Allen were the other finalists.

Other winners include Florida State’s Buster Posey and Cal State Fullerton’s Kurt Suzuki.

During the 2014 season, Pentecost led the nation in hits with 113 and ranked second in batting average at .422. Both set new Atlantic Sun Conference and Kennesaw State single-season records.

Pentecost had 24 doubles, 61 RBIs, nine home runs and two. Pentecost also drew 30 walks while striking out a miniscule 26 times in 268 at-bats.

Pentecost became the school’s highest MLB draft pick when he was chosen at No. 11 by the Toronto Blue Jays earlier this month.

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Report: Pistons could trade Josh Smith

Former Hawk Josh Smith may have worn out his welcome after one season in Detroit.

ESPN, citing sources, reported that Detroit has swapped trade proposals with Sacramento in an attempt to trade Smith. The network reported that Jason Thompson and Derrick Williams are players the Kings may trade for Smith.

The report included this paragraph: “Skeptics will inevitably question whether the Kings should indeed take the gamble of trying to fit Smith in alongside (DeMarcus) Cousins and (Rudy) Gay, especially with three years and $40.5 million remaining on Smith’s contract from the Pistons last summer and in the wake of his struggles playing alongside Detroit big men Andre Drummond and Greg Monroe.”

Smith averaged 16.4 points and 6.8 rebounds last season. As during his nine seasons with the Hawks, Smith continued to struggle with 3-point shots, making only 26.4 percent of the ones he tried.

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Tech selects Roddy Jones as radio broadcast analyst

Georgia Tech selected one of the Yellow Jackets more popular football players to fill its opening for a color analyst on football radio broadcasts.

Roddy Jones will join Brandon Gaudin, who himself will be the Jackets’ second-year radio play-by-play announcer, in the booth for games in the coming season.

“I am honored and incredibly excited to be a part of the Georgia Tech radio team in the fall,” Jones said in a release. “… Georgia Tech certainly has a special place in my heart, and the games can’t start soon enough!”

Jones’ debut comes Aug. 30 when Tech plays host to Wofford, but he has gained lots of broadcasting experience. It includes extensive analyst work (with Gaudin) on ESPN3 online telecasts, including Tech’s Pro Day and spring football game as well as numerous baseball and softball broadcasts. In 2012, Jones had a featured weekly segment on the football radio pregame show.

While a Tech undergrad, Jones hosted “This Week in Tech Athletics” on …

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Updated: Tech’s Schniederjans new No. 1 amateur golfer

Georgia Tech’s Ollie Schniederjans of Powder Springs is the new No. 1-ranked amateur golfer in the world and he demonstrated that ability this weekend on a sponsor’s exemption on the Web.com Tour and finished tied for fifth in Wichita, Kan.

Both Patrick Rodgers and Matt Fitzpatrick made their pro debuts this week, so Schniederjans ascended to the top rank. He was runner-up last month at the NCAA championship in the individual competition, falling in a playoff.

On Saturday at the Web.com Tour’s Air Capital Classic, he shot a 65 for a 200 total after three rounds and tied for seventh, trailing eventual winner Sebastian Cappelen by four shots (65-196). Schniederjans then completed the tourney with a solid 67 on Sunday for the top-five finish. Schniederjans competed as an amateur on a sponsor’s exemption in the event. It was Cappelen’s pro debut and he won with a par on the final hole.

Schniederjans turned 21 this week, and he already has said he will return to the Yellow …

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Report: Soccer star Solo jailed after altercation

U.S. women’s soccer star Hope Solo was being held in South King County, Wash., misdemeanor jail on two counts of investigation of domestic-violence assault, according to the Seattle Times and other news outlets.

Solo, who is the goalie for Seattle Reign FC, allegedly struck her sister and her nephew at Solo’s Kirkland, Wash., home overnight. Solo, 32, is listed as Hope Amelia Stevens on the jail registry, the Times reported, and is married to former NFL tight end Jerramy Stevens.

Police told the Times that officers arrived after a call about an assault and noise. Police described it as “a big party” and an “out-of-control situation” and that “visible  injuries” occurred.

Solo has appeared on TV’s “Dancing with the Stars” and played on two Olympic women’s teams that won gold medals.

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Former Tech tennis player earns spot in Wimbledon

Kevin King, a former All-American at Georgia Tech who has won three professional doubles titles this year, earned a spot in the Wimbledon main doubles draw, with partner Ryan Harrison.

Unseeded in the qualifier at the Bank of England Sports Ground, King, 23, and Harrison had to win twice to gain one of four qualifying spots in the men’s doubles draw. They defeated third-seeded Rameez Junaid of Austria and Phillipp Marx of Germany in three sets in the opening round, then defeated eighth-seeded Konstantin Kravchuck of Russia and Tim Puetz of Germany on Wednesday.

King, a two-time All-American with 90 doubles wins at Tech who is from Peachtree City, is ranked No. 129 in the world in doubles, and has won three doubles titles in ITF Futures and ATP Challengers events while playing with former Tech teammates Juan Spir and Dean O’Brien.

Competition at Wimbledon begins Monday.

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Who’s the next Johnny Manziel?

While it’s true that being the “next Johnny Manziel” is not the same as simply being the guy who replaces Manziel in Texas A&M’s lineup, but someone will indeed emerge as the next Aggies starting quarterback.

The first round of elimination came in April, after spring practice, when Matt Joeckel decided to transfer to TCU. He graduated from A&M and will have one season to play for the Horned Frogs. That move left sophomore Kenny Hill and freshman Kyle Allen in the running to take the mantle from Manziel.

Allen (6-3, 205) was a five-star recruit who signed in February, enrolled early and took part in spring practice. Hill (6-1, 215) was a four-star recruit in 2013 and played in four games for the Aggies last season. They competed in the spring, though Hill’s time was cut short when he was suspended in late March after he was arrested and charged with public intoxication. As with most offseason suspensions, it likely will end in time for preseason camp.

Manziel won a …

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Hudson hit hard for first time with Giants

Tim Hudson’s first season in San Francisco has been so good that there was much media speculation in May about whether or not the former Braves pitcher would be a Hall of Famer some day.

But Hudson showed he’s human Wednesday with his first bad start of the season. He gave up seven runs in the Giants’ 7-6 loss to the White Sox in Chicago.

Not a good sign: White Sox runners circle the bases against former Brave Tim Hudson (left).

Not a good sign: White Sox runners circle the bases against former Brave Tim Hudson (left).

“It’s frustrating, no doubt about it,” Hudson said. “You score six runs on a day I pitch, we should win these games.”

Hudson allowed 12 hits, two of them home runs, in 4 2/3 innings, his shortest outing of the season.

The 38-year-old Hudson, who played nine seasons for the Braves, is 7-3 with a 2.39 ERA and has helped the Giants hold first place in the NL West.

As for the Hall of Fame analysis, the Columbus, Ga., native is now 212-114 in his career.

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Stafford, Ryan, Johnson among locals in Forbes top 50

Floyd Mayweather is America’s highest-paid athlete, and LeBron James is getting an estimated $38 million this year from corporate America just to hawk products.

That’s the word from Fortune magazine and Sports Illustrated, which released their list of the 50 athletes who are making the most money. The list cites salaries from each players most recent season, which endorsement estimates are from “agents and a stable of experts and marketing executives.”

Mayweather’s salary is listed at $105 million, with no endorsement money. James’ $38 million tops the endorsement figures, with Phil Mickelson ($33 million) and Tiger Woods ($31 million) not far behind. Kobe Bryant was fourth in endorsements at $20 millon.

Behind Mayweather in salary was Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, at $40 million. Former Georgia quarterback Matthew Stafford’s $31.5 million salary with the Detroit Lions ranked second.

Soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo of Portugal heads the list of …

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NBA stars read #MeanTweets

Continuing the “Jimmy Kimmel Live” theme for today – see previous post – we bring you the latest installment of #MeanTweets for NBA stars.

For the NBA Finals, Kimmel gathered a variety of NBA players to show them how fans really feel about them on Twitter.

(You’ll want to hear Dikembe Mutombo’s at the end. Classic.)

He did the same last year.

The players’ reaction is pretty much always the same … speechless.

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