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Alabama football: Tua Tagovailoa says transfer comments were taken ‘out of context’

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Alabama football drives the conversation here at  the Rammer Jammer , SEC Country’s daily Alabama athletics recap, but we’ll cover news for every facet of the Crimson Tide. Every morning, we’ll be here for the latest on Alabama football, basketball and every other sport on campus.

Tua Tagovailoa qualifies transfer comments

Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa told a group of seventh and eighth graders that he was going to transfer if he did not play in the national championship. Those comments sent shockwaves throughout social media. Tagovailoa, however, said the comments  were taken “out of context.” 

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In other headlines …

Alabama lands 4-star defensive lineman

Four-star defensive lineman Antonio Alfano committed Friday to Alabama over Georgia and Penn State. Alfano ranks as the No. 5 defensive end in the country and the No. 58 overall recruit, according to the 247Sports composite rankings. Alfano’s commitment pushed Alabama to the No. 1 recruiting class for 2019.

Built by Bama

Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones wants a new contract and will not be at OTAs.

Around the Capstone

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Tennessee football position preview 2018: Linebackers must grow into feared force

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — There was a time when Tennessee football had the most feared set of linebackers in the SEC.

The 1998 National Championship Vols had a group that wreaked havoc each Saturday, to the point of quarterbacks hearing footsteps and tailbacks prematurely bouncing runs outside.

Tennessee fans would give most anything for just one player on the level of an Al Wilson, Raynoch Thompson or Eric Westmoreland.

For now, Vols fans will have to settle with a somewhat anonymous and banged up group headed by tough luck linebacker Darrin Kirkland Jr., and the inconsistent Daniel Bituli.

Kirkland and Bituli have both shown flashes of NFL talent.

Kirkland has had trouble staying healthy. Bituli has been nicked up and played hit-or-miss from week to week.

Part of Tennessee’s move to a 3-4 scheme has involved Darrell Taylor moving from end to outside linebacker under the direction of position coach and defensive coordinator Kevin Sherrer.

To this point, Taylor has not appeared to make significant progress.

For Tennessee’s defense to do anything relevant this season, the Vols will need their linebackers to step up and become playmakers.

Pruitt did say that incoming freshman linebacker JJ Peterson is talented enough to play most any of the linebacking spots, so that’s a positive.

But others must soon emerge: Quart’e Sapp, Will Ignont, Shanon Reid, Deandre Johnson or Salon Paige.

Perhaps Austin Smith will become the player former coordinator Bob Shoop once thought he was, or junior college transfer Jordan Allen will pan out.

Linebacker keys

Projected starters: OLB: Darrell Taylor, Austin Smith; MLB Darrin Kirkland Jr., Daniel Bituli.

Pressing issue: New defensive scheme must become second nature.

Big concern: Kirkland and Bituli injury issues.

Tennessee 2018 football previews PODCAST: Tennessee wideouts have lacked the YAC Vols receivers looking to catch on with new football staff Defensive line podcast, talk of Jeremy Pruitt challenging defensive line Vols defensive line needs to add power, toughness Tennessee offensive line dealing with weighty issues podcast Vols offensive line preview: Will Friend triggers big improvements Tennessee tailbacks: Can Ty Chandler play big enough to win starting job? Vols running backs podcast: Who will Jeremy Pruitt turn to for a yard? Tennessee quarterbacks podcast: Discussing Vols issues at QB Vols quarterbacks: Don’t call it a controversy, but it is a competition

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Which QB should LSU fans want Tigers to start in 2018?

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LSU football is in the news every day, and  the Bayou Bengal Briefing is here to keep you updated with the latest headlines five mornings a week. Join us every Monday through Friday for the biggest news on Tigers football, recruiting, baseball and more. Enjoy!

Joe Burrow report

LSU fans received the news they wanted on Friday when Ohio State graduate transfer quarterback Joe Burrow announced his intention to play out the remainder of his eligibility at LSU. A former Mr. Football and Gatorade Player of the Year in Ohio, Burrow was a 4-star QB out of Athens High School in Ohio before spending the last three seasons backing up Cardale Jones and J.T. Barrett at Ohio State.

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By adding Burrow, the Tigers now have four quarterbacks to choose from for 2018. None has ever started a college game, but Burrow is the most game experienced of the bunch with 39 attempts and 2 touchdowns as a college passer. Besides him, LSU has returning veterans of the competition in Myles Brennan, Lowell Narcisse and Justin McMillan. Brennan was the Tigers’ backup as a freshman in 2017 and attempted 24 passes with a touchdown and 2 interceptions, while McMillan has 1 pass attempt in three college seasons and Narcisse redshirted in 2017.

Bringing in Burrow is definitely a sign that LSU felt it could improve its quarterback room. Whether that’ll be achieved by making Burrow the starter or by using the addition to motivate Brennan, Narcisse or McMillan has yet to be decided. Now graduated, Burrow should be available to start working with the team when summer session begins, meaning he’ll have a full summer to learn Steve Ensminger’s playbook and find a rhythm with his teammates.

With the Burrow news fresh, I leave this up to you, LSU fans: Which quarterback do you want to start for LSU in 2018? Be sure to submit a vote in the poll below and we’ll discuss your answers in Bayou Bengal Briefing on Tuesday.

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Rest In Peace

LSU legend Billy Cannon passed away at his home early Sunday morning at the age of 80. A star running back for the Tigers in the late 1950s, Cannon helped lead LSU to a national championship in 1958 and won the school’s only Heisman Trophy in 1959.

Support and respect poured LSU’s way after Cannon’s death. Here is a smattering of some of the praise and honors Cannon was given Sunday:

Checkin’ in with the ‘croots

Burrow wasn’t the only standout in the world of LSU recruiting during the weekend. In case you missed anything, here’s a recap of the weekend that was:

In LSU softball news

Despite a close loss Sunday afternoon, the No. 11 LSU softball team advanced to the Tallahassee Super Regional next weekend by winning the Baton Rouge Regional over in-state rival UL-Lafayette. The Tigers will match up against Florida State next weekend, needing two wins to advance to the Women’s College World Series in Oklahoma City.

LSU defeated Florida State in the Tallahassee Super Regional a year ago, setting the precedent for this happening. In case you want to relive the regional victory from this year, be sure to watch the video below:

In LSU baseball news

The LSU baseball team lost two out of three games against Auburn on the road over the weekend, finishing the 2018 regular season with a 15-15 SEC record. Sitting still at league average, LSU qualified for the SEC Tournament as the No. 8 seed, setting the stage for a matchup with Mississippi State in the first round of the tournament on Tuesday at 4:30 p.m. CT.

LSU played Mississippi State in Baton Rouge earlier this season and took two out of three games from the Bulldogs. Expect sophomore left-hander Nick Bush to start for the Tigers, as he went unused last weekend at Auburn. For more info about Tigers baseball, be sure to check out Out of The Box, SEC Country’s weekly LSU baseball column, at 10:30 a.m. ET.

Today in made-up holidays

According to the folks at NationalDayCalendar.com, May 21 is National Waitstaff Day. So, if you go out to dinner, be sure to tip your waiters and waitresses. They work hard and they deserve it.

Especially if they’re cool. And more competent than this guy:

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Arkansas baseball being ‘terrible’ on road is fake news

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Arkansas football rules the world of Razorbacks sports. So, with your bacon, have some Hogs for Breakfast and get caught up. It’s SEC Country’s weekday column and roundup on all things Arkansas … especially Arkansas football. Opinion, numbers, inane babble and more! And now with ironic exclamation points! There is no place like it on the web.

Truth is a fickle beast in sports. Most only want to hear it when it reflects positively on their team. If it’s negative, better to sweep it under the rug. Or, at least, find some alternative talking point to distract.

Fake news, sports. Fake news.

Certainly, it’s that way with the Arkansas baseball team this year. There are beauteous truths and ugly ones with the Diamond Hogs. Arkansas’ season, as a whole, has been exceptional. The Razorbacks had an all-time great season at Baum Stadium, the best home record ever there. They’re top 2 or 3 in the nation in strength of schedule and RPI. They won a share of the title in the SEC West, the best division in college baseball.

Then there are the negatives. Arkansas’ record on the road is poor. Not poor compared to its home record. It’s bad regardless. Dave Van Horn’s team is 7-14 away from Baum Stadium. They didn’t win an SEC series on the road, going 0-5.

Both paragraphs are true. Both have caveats. The air is let out of the first paragraph’s balloon by the second. The over-the-moon crowd can be brought to Earth simply by bringing up the road difficulties. Those who gripe about Arkansas’ road difficulties have a counter from the uplifting crowd about how good Arkansas is overall.

The question is which is closer to the truth. Actually, the question is whether the answer to that question even matters.

Arkansas baseball doesn’t exist in a vacuum. To say the Diamond Hogs are going to have a rough week in Hoover, Ala., starting in a couple of days, simply because they were bad on the road all year is disingenuous. Why were they bad? How bad were they? Bad against everyone? Bad against good teams? Bad against bad teams?

Eight of Arkansas’ 14 losses on the road came by 1 run. Eight. Another four of the remaining six losses came by 2 runs. That means, of all 14 losses, Arkansas was only out of the game twice. They aren’t a team getting drilled when they go out on the road. They’re a team about 3 hits away from being the No. 1 team in the nation. Turn a 1-run loss at Florida, at Ole Miss and Georgia into 1-run wins and not a soul is doubting Arkansas’ credibility.

Instead, Arkansas finds itself in the position of insecurity. Maybe they need a win this week, or two, to make a top-8 national seed. Maybe they have already locked it up. Or maybe, this is baseball and the wildest game in the world will reveal when it’s time.

Have fun this week.

Arkansas gets yet another quarterback of the future

Mississippi prep quarterback K.J. Jefferson, Class of 2019, pledged his commitment to Chad Morris’ Arkansas football team Friday afternoon.

It seems a good get. Jefferson is a dual-threat quarterback who held offers from Georgia, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Texas A&M and several others. Impressive, definitely.

It also means when Jefferson arrives, Arkansas could have six scholarship quarterbacks on its roster. Ty Storey, Cole Kelley and Daulton Hyatt are already at the school. Connor Noland and John Stephen Jones, Class of 2018, are set to arrive in the coming weeks.

Alas, there is only one football. Someone is going to transfer at some point before Jefferson arrives. Six scholarship quarterbacks is excessive. Competition will weed out someone, maybe far before Jefferson arrives. But with Morris already locking in three quarterbacks in his six months on the job, it’s clear where he wants this program to go.

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ICYMI
  • Arkansas softball is off to the super regionals for the first time in school history. Courtney Deifel’s bunch went 3-0 at Bogle Park to win the Fayetteville Regional. Arkansas gets a trip just across the state line to Oklahoma. The Sooners have won the last two national championships.
  • Speaking of Noland, the Greenwood High right-hander pitched his Bulldogs to a state baseball championship Saturday. He isn’t only playing football for Morris next year, but he’s arguably even more touted on the mound and will throw for Van Horn, too.
  • Arkansas’ punt return game has been brutal. Will it change under Morris? Not likely.
Tweets and the like

What a year.

WOOO PIG SOOIE! @RazorbackSB IS HEADED TO SUPER REGIONALS!! pic.twitter.com/9FLkzCXdMi — Arkansas Razorbacks (@ArkRazorbacks) May 20, 2018

KJ Jefferson is happy to be a future Arkansas football player.

Stamped ‼️‼️‼️ @ChadSimmons_ @_daGLOden1 @KatorieM pic.twitter.com/u38IlJSsqr — KJ Jefferson (@KJ_Jefferson2) May 18, 2018

Skip breakfast? C’mon. It’s too important. Catch up with previous versions here.

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2018 NCAA Softball Tournament: Bracket, schedule, scores for Super Regionals (May 21, 2018)

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The 2018 NCAA Softball Tournament resumes on Thursday, May 24. Below you can find the bracket, schedule and scores from this past weekend.

Oklahoma has won the last two national championships, defeating Florida in 2017. All 16 seeded teams advanced to the Super Regionals.

2018 NCAA Softball Tournament: Bracket

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2018 NCAA Softball Tournament: Schedule for Super Regionals

Times and dates will be updated once announced. All times list will be Eastern.

Eugene Super Regional
  • Game 1: No. 1 Oregon vs. No. 16 Kentucky  | TBA  | TBA
  • Game 2: No. 1 Oregon vs. No. 16 Kentucky  | TBA  | TBA
  • Game 3 (if necessary): No. 1 Oregon vs. No. 16 Kentucky  | TBA  | TBA
Gainesville Super Regional
  • Game 1: No. 2 Florida vs. No. 15 Texas A&M   | TBA  | TBA
  • Game 2: No. 2 Florida vs. No. 15 Texas A&M  | TBA  | TBA
  • Game 3 (if necessary): No. 2 Florida vs. No. 15 Texas A&M  | TBA  | TBA
Los Angeles Super Regional
  • Game 1: No. 3 UCLA vs. No. 14 Arizona   | TBA  | TBA
  • Game 2: No. 3 UCLA vs. No. 14 Arizona | TBA  | TBA
  • Game 3 (if necessary): No. 3 UCLA vs. No. 14 Arizona  | TBA  | TBA
Norman Super Regional
  • Game 1: No. 4 Oklahoma vs. No. 13 Arkansas   | TBA  | TBA
  • Game 2: No. 4 Oklahoma vs. No. 13 Arkansas  | TBA  | TBA
  • Game 3 (if necessary): No. 4 Oklahoma vs. No. 13 Arkansas  | TBA  | TBA
Seattle Super Regional
  • Game 1: No. 5 Washington vs. No. 12 Alabama   | TBA  | TBA
  • Game 2: No. 5 Washington vs. No. 12 Alabama  | TBA  | TBA
  • Game 3 (if necessary): No. 5 Washington vs. No. 12 Alabama | TBA  | TBA
Tallahassee Super Regional
  • Game 1: No. 6 Florida State vs. No. 11 LSU  | TBA  | TBA
  • Game 2: No. 6 Florida State vs. No. 11 LSU  | TBA  | TBA
  • Game 3 (if necessary): No. 6 Florida State vs. No. 11 LSU| TBA  | TBA
Athens Super Regional
  • Game 1: No. 7 Athens  vs. No. 10 Tennessee  | TBA  | TBA
  • Game 2: No. 7 Athens  vs. No. 10 Tennessee | TBA  | TBA
  • Game 3 (if necessary): No. 7 Athens  vs. No. 10 Tennessee| TBA  | TBA
Tempe Super Regional
  • Game 1: No. 8 Arizona State  vs. No. 9 South Carolina  | TBA  | TBA
  • Game 2: No. 8 Arizona State  vs. No. 9 South Carolina | TBA  | TBA
  • Game 3 (if necessary): No. 8 Arizona State  vs. No. 9 South Carolina| TBA  | TBA
2018 NCAA Softball Tournament: Scores, results for regionals Eugene Regional

Thursday, May 17

Game 1 FINAL:  Drake 3, BYU 2 |  Box score

Game 2 FINAL:  No. 1 Oregon 4, Albany 0 |  Box score

Friday, May 18

Game 3 FINAL:  No. 1 Oregon 5, Drake 0 |  Box score | Oregon to regional final

Game 4 FINAL:  BYU 16, Albany 0 (5 innings) | Albany eliminated |  Box score

Game 5 FINAL:  Drake 3, BYU 0 | BYU eliminated |  Box score

Saturday, May 19

Game 6 FINAL: Oregon 3, Drake 0 | Box score  |  Oregon advances toSuper Regional

Lexington Regional

Friday, May 18

Game 1 FINAL:  Notre Dame 4, Michigan 1 |   Box score

Saturday, May 19

Game 2 FINAL:  No. 16 Kentucky 10, UIC 1 |  Box score

Game 3 FINAL:  Michigan 6, UIC 0 |   Box score

Game 4 FINAL: Kentucky 10, Notre Dame 0 |   Box score

Sunday, May 20

Game 5: Notre Dame 2, Michigan 1 | FINAL | Box score

Game 6  :Kentucky 8, Notre Dame 0 | FINAL | Box score | Kentucky advances to Super Regional

Columbia Regional

Friday, May 18

Game 1 FINAL:  Liberty 2, Hofstra 0 (10 innings) |  Box score

Game 2  FINAL:  No. 9 South Carolina 3, UNC Greensboro 0 |  Box score

Saturday, May 19

Game 3 FINAL:  Liberty 3, South Carolina 1 | Box score

Game 4 FINAL:  Hofstra 6, UNC Greensboro 0 | Box score

Game 5 FINAL:  South Carolina 5, Hofstra 4 | Box score

Sunday, May 20

Game 6: South Carolina 2, Liberty 0 | FINAL | Box score

Game 7: South Carolina 5, Liberty 0 | FINAL | Box score  | South Carolina advances to Super Regional

Tempe Regional

Friday, May 18

Game 1 FINAL:  Ole Miss 4, Long Beach State 1 |  Box score

Game 2 FINAL:  No. 8 Arizona State 2, New Mexico State 0 |  Box score

Saturday, May 19

Game 3 FINAL:  Arizona State 7, Ole Miss 1| Box score

Game 4 FINAL:  Long Beach State 9, New Mexico State 0 | Box score

Game 5 FINAL:  Ole Miss 1, Long Beach State 0 |   Box score

Sunday, May 20

Game 6: Arizona State 9, Ole Miss 0 | FINAL| Box score  |  Arizona State advances to Super Regional

Seattle Regional

Friday, May 18

Game 1 FINAL:  Texas 2, Minnesota 1 |  Box score

Game 2 FINAL:  No. 5 Washington 8, Boise State 0 (5 innings) |  Box score

Saturday, May 19

Game 3 FINAL: Washington 2, Texas 1 | Box score

Game 4 FINAL:  Minnesota 11, Boise State 3 | Box score

Game 5 FINAL: Minnesota 3, Texas 0 | Box score

Sunday, May 20

Game 6: Washington 5, Minnesota 2 | FINAL | Box Score  | Washington advances to Super Regional

 Tuscaloosa Regional

Friday, May 18

Game 1 FINAL:  Wisconsin 9, Oregon State 3 (8 innings) |  Box score

Game 2 FINAL:  No. 12 Alabama 8, Middle Tennessee 0 (6 innings) |  Box score

Saturday, May 19

Game 3 FINAL:  Alabama  9,  Wisconsin 1 | Box score

Game 4 FINAL:  Oregon State 4, Middle Tennessee 0 | Box score

Game 5 FINAL:  Oregon State 5, Wisconsin 1 | Box score

Sunday, May 20

Game 6: Alabama 6, Oregon State 0  | FINAL | Box score  | Alabama advances to Super Regional

Fayetteville Regional

Friday, May 18

Game 1 FINAL:  Wichita State 8, Oklahoma State 2 |  Box score

Game 2 FINAL:  No. 13 Arkansas 2, DePaul 0 |  Box score

Saturday, May 19

Game 3 FINAL: Arkansas 5, Wichita State 0 | Box score

Game 4 FINAL: Oklahoma State 6, DePaul 0  | Box score

Game 5 FINAL: Wichita State 5, Oklahoma State 4  | Box score

Sunday, May 20

Game 6: Arkansas 6, Wichita State 4 | FINAL | Box score  | Arkansas advances toSuper Regional

Norman Regional

Friday, May 18

Game 1 FINAL:  Tulsa 9, Missouri 1 (5 innings) |  Box score

Game 2 FINAL:  No. 4 Oklahoma 9, Boston University 0 (5 innings) |  Box score

Saturday, May 19

Game 3 FINAL:  Oklahoma 8, Tulsa 0  | Box score

Game 4 FINAL: Missouri 10, Boston University 7 | Box score

Game 5 FINAL: Game 3 loser vs. Game 4 winner | 10 p.m.

Sunday, May 20

Game 5: Missouri 6, Tulsa 5 | FINAL | Box score

Game 6: Oklahoma 7, Missouri 0 | FINAL | Box score | Oklahoma advances to Super Regional

Los Angels Regional

Friday, May 18

Game 1 FINAL:  CSU Fullerton 2, Texas State 1 |  Box score

Game 2 FINAL:  No. 3 UCLA 3, Sacramento State 0 |  Box score

Saturday, May 19

Game 3 FINAL:  CSU Fullerton 3, UCLA 2  |   Box score

Game 4 FINAL: Texas State 8, Sacramento State 4 | Box score

Game 5 FINAL: UCLA 14, Texas State 1  | Box score

Sunday, May 20

Game 6: UCLA 3, CSU Fullerton 0 | FINAL | Box score

Game 7: ULCA 6,  CSU Fullerton 4 | FINAL | Box score | UCLA advances toSuper Regional

Tucson Regional

Friday, May 18

Game 1 FINAL:  North Dakota State 5, Mississippi State 4 |  Box score

Game 2 FINAL:  No. 14 Arizona 1, St. Francis (Pa.) 0 |  Box score

Saturday, May 19

Game 3 FINAL: Arizona 6, North Dakota State, 0  | Box score

Game 4 FINAL: Mississippi State 11, St. Francis (Pa.) 5  | Box score

Game 5 FINAL: Mississippi State 12, North Dakota State 0  | Box score

Sunday, May 20

Game 6: Arizona 4, Mississippi State 3 | FINAL | Box score  | Arizona advances to Super Regional

Baton Rouge Regional

Friday, May 18

Game 1 FINAL:  Houston 1, Louisiana 0 |  Box score

Game 2 FINAL:  No. 11 LSU 9, Fordham 0 (5 innings) |  Box score

Saturday, May 19

Game 3 FINAL: LSU 1, Houston 0  | Box score

Game 4 FINAL: Louisiana 15, Fordham 3  | Box score

Game 5 FINAL: Louisiana 7, Houston 2 | Box score

Sunday, May 20

Game 6:  Louisiana 5, LSU 4 | FINAL | Box score

Game 7: LSU 3, Louisiana 1 | FINAL | Box score    LSU advances to Super Regional

Tallahassee Regional

Friday, May 18

Game 1 FINAL:  Auburn 5, Kennesaw State 2 |  Box score

Game 2 FINAL:  No. 6 Florida State 8, Jacksonville State 0 (5 innings) |  Box score

Saturday, May 19

Game 3 FINAL: Florida State 2, Auburn 1 (8 innings) | Box score

Game 4 FINAL:  Jacksonville State 5, Kennesaw State 3  (10 innings) | Box score

Game 5 FINAL: Jacksonville State 3, Auburn 2 | Box score

Sunday, May 20

Game 6: Florida State 10, Jacksonville State 0 | FINAL | Box score  | Florida State advances to Super Regional

Athens Regional

Friday, May 18

Game 1  FINAL:  Northwestern 3, Cal 2 (8 innings) |  Box score

Game 2 FINAL:  No. 7 Georgia 6, Harvard 2 |  Box score

Saturday, May 19

Game 3 FINAL: Georgia 4,  Northwestern 3 |  Box score

Game 4 FINAL: California 10, Harvard 1 (5 innings) | Box score

Game 5 FINAL: Northwestern 4, California 3 | Box score

Sunday, May 20

Game 6: Georgia 9, Northwestern 7 | FINAL | Box score | Georgia advances to Super Regional

Knoxville Regional

Friday, May 18

Game 1 FINAL:  James Madison 2, Ohio 1 |  Box score

Game 2 FINAL:  No. 10 Tennessee 9, Monmouth 0 (5 innings) |  Box score

Saturday, May 19

Game 3 FINAL: Tennessee 12, James Madison 3  |  Box score

Game 4 FINAL:  Ohio 4, Monmouth 0  | Box score

Game 5 FINAL: Ohio 7, James Madison 3  | Box score

Sunday, May 20

Game 6: Tennessee 5, Ohio 1 | FINAL | Box score  | Tennessee advances to Super Regional

College Station Regional

Friday, May 18

Game 1 FINAL:  McNeese State 11, Baylor 10 |  Box score

Game 2 FINAL:  No. 15 Texas A&M 9, Prairie View A&M 0 (5 innings) |  Box score

Saturday, May 19

Game 3 FINAL: Texas A&M 10, McNeese State 1  | Box score

Game 4 FINAL:  Baylor 9, Prairie View A&M 0  | Box score

Game 5 FINAL: Baylor 6, McNeese 0  | Box score

Sunday, May 20

Game 6: Texas A&M 10, Baylor 4 | FINAL |  Box score | Texas A&M advances to Super Regional

Gainesville Regional

Friday, May 18

Game 1 FINAL:  Ohio State 3, South Florida 1 |  Box score

Game 2 FINAL:  No. 2 Florida 8, Bethune-Cookman 0 (6 innings) |  Box score

Saturday, May 19

Game 3 FINAL: Florida 10, Ohio State 2  | Box score

Game 4 FINAL: South Florida 2, Bethune-Cookman 0  | Box score

Game 5 FINAL: Ohio State 3, South Florida 2  | Box score

Sunday, May 20

Game 6: Florida 4, Ohio State 0 | FINAL | Box score | Florida advances to Super Regional

2018 NCAA Softball Tournament: Top 16 seeds

No. 1: Oregon No. 2: Florida No. 3: UCLA No. 4: Oklahoma No. 5: Washington No. 6: Florida State No. 7: Georgia No. 8: Arizona State No. 9 South Carolina No. 10 Tennessee No. 11 LSU No. 12 Alabama No. 13 Arkansas No. 14 Arizona No. 15 Texas A&M No. 16 Kentucky

2018 NCAA Softball Tournament: Dates

Here’s the complete schedule, by rounds, for the 2018 NCAA Softball Tournament.

Selection Show
  • Sunday, May 13
  • The entire 64-team bracket will be announced at 10 p.m. ET on ESPN2
Regionals
  • Thursday, May 17 through Sunday, May 20
  • 16 campus sites will have four-team, double-elimination tournaments, with the winners advancing to the Super Regionals.
Super Regionals
  • Thursday, May 24 through Sunday, May 27
  • Eight campus sites will have two teams playing in a best-of-three format. Winners advance to the NCAA Women’s College World Series.
2018 Women’s College World Series
  • Thursday, May 31 through Wednesday, June 6
  • Eight teams compete in a double-elimination bracket, with the last two teams playing in a best-of-three championship series.
  • The Women’s College World Series will be played at USA Softball Hall of Fame Stadium – OGE Energy Field in Oklahoma City.
2018 NCAA Softball  Tournament: Automatic Bids
  • America East
  • American: Tulsa
  • ACC: Florida State
  • Atlantic 10: Fordham
  • Atlantic Sun: Kennesaw State
  • Big 12: Oklahoma
  • Big East: DePaul
  • Big Sky: Sacramento State
  • Big South: Liberty
  • Big Ten: To be determined on Sunday
  • Big West: Cal State Fullerton
  • Colonial: Hofstra
  • Conference USA: Middle Tennessee State
  • Horizon League: University of Illinois Chicago
  • Ivy League: Harvard
  • MAC: Northern Illinois
  • MAAC: Monmouth
  • MEAC: Bethune-Cookman
  • Missouri Valley: Drake
  • Mountain West: Boise State
  • Northeastern: Saint Francis
  • Ohio Valley: Jacksonville State
  • Pac-12: Oregon
  • Patriot League: Boston University
  • SEC: Florida
  • Southern Conference: UNC Greensboro
  • Southland: McNeese State
  • SWAC: Prairie View A&M
  • Summit League: North Dakota State
  • Sun Belt: Texas State
  • WAC: New Mexico State
  • WCC: BYU
NCAA Softball Tournament: Results, history

Oklahoma, seeded No. 10, swept No. 1 Florida in the championship series a year ago. No. 3 Oregon, No. 5 UCLA, No. 6 Washington, No. 9 Texas A&M, No. 13 LSU and No. 15 Baylor also made the  2017 Women’s College World Series.

In the first game of the championship series, Oklahoma beat Florida 7-, in 17 innings. The Sooners then won the second game, 5-4. Before Oklahoma won the last two titles, Florida won back-to-back championships in 2014 and 2015.

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2018 SEC Baseball Tournament: Bracket, schedule, dates, teams (May 21, 2018)

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The 2018 SEC Baseball Tournament starts on Tuesday, May 22. Below you can find a bracket, a schedule as well as dates and seeds for the event.

The event will be held in Hoover, Ala.

2018 SEC Baseball Tournament: Bracket

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2018 SEC Baseball Tournament: Schedule, Dates

All times are ET

Tuesday, May 22

Game 1: No. 6 Vanderbilt vs. No. 11 Texas A&M | 10:30 a.m.  | SEC Network  | WatchESPN  | Single elimination game Game 2: No. 7 Auburn vs. No. 10 Kentucky  |  30 minutes after conclusion of Game 1  | SEC Network  |  WatchESPN  | Single elimination game Game 3: No. 8 LSU vs. No. 9 Mississippi State  |  5:30 p.m.  | SEC Network  | WatchESPN  | Single elimination game Game 4: No. 5 South Carolina vs. No. 12 Missouri  |  30 minutes after conclusion of Game 3  | SEC Network  | WatchESPN  | Single elimination game

Wednesday, May 23

Game 5: No. 3 Georgia vs. winner of Game 1  |  10:30 a.m.  | SEC Network  | WatchESPN  | Double elimination game Game 6: No. 2 Ole Miss vs. winner of Game 2  | 30 minutes after conclusion of Game 5  | SEC Network  | WatchESPN  | Double elimination game Game 7: No. 1 Florida vs. winner of Game 3  |  5:30 p.m.  | SEC Network  | WatchESPN  | Double elimination game Game 8: No. 4 Arkansas vs. winner of Game 4  | 30 minutes after conclusion of Game 7  | SEC Network  | WatchESPN  | Double elimination game

Thursday, May 24

Game 9: Loser of Game 5 vs. Loser of Game 6 |  10:30 a.m.  | SEC Network  | WatchESPN  |  Double elimination game Game 10: Loser of Game 7 vs. Loser of Game 8 |  30 minutes after conclusion of Game 9  | SEC Network  | WatchESPN  | Double elimination game Game 11: Winner of Game 5 vs. Winner of Game 6 |  5:30 p.m.  | SEC Network  | WatchESPN  |  Double elimination game Game 12: Winner of Game 7 vs. Winner of Game 8 |  30 minutes after conclusion of Game 11  | SEC Network  | WatchESPN  | Double elimination game

Friday, May 25

Game 13: Winner of Game 9 vs. Loser of Game 11 |  4 p.m.  | SEC Network  | WatchESPN  | Double elimination game Game 14: Winner of Game 10 vs. Loser of Game 12 |  30 minutes after conclusion of Game 13  | SEC Network  | WatchESPN  | Double elimination game

Saturday, May 26

Game 15: Winner of Game 13 vs. Winner of Game 11 |  1 p.m.  | SEC Network  | WatchESPN  | Single elimination game Game 16: Winner of Game 14 vs. Winner of Game 12 |  30 minutes after conclusion of Game 15  | SEC Network  | WatchESPN  | Single elimination game

Sunday, May 27

Game 17: Winner of Game 15 vs. Winner of Game 16 |  3:00 p.m.  | ESPN2  | WatchESPN  | Single elimination game

2018 SEC Baseball Tournament: Standings, seeding

The seedings have been officially set following the conclusion of games Saturday. Tennessee and Alabama did not make the tournament, as the bottom two teams in the SEC standings do not participate.

  1. Florida
  2. Ole Miss
  3. Georgia
  4. Arkansas
  5. South Carolina
  6. Vanderbilt
  7. Auburn
  8. LSU
  9. Mississippi State
  10. Kentucky
  11. Texas A&M
  12. Missouri
2018 SEC Baseball Tournament: Past winners

2017: Winner, LSU. MVP, Arkansas’ Chad Spanberger

2016: Winner, Texas A&M. MVP, Texas A&M’s Nick Banks

2015: Winner, Florida, MVP, Florida’s JJ Schwarz

2014: Winner, LSU, MVP, LSU’s Tyler Moore

2013: Winner, LSU, MVP, LSU’s Chris Cotton

2012: Winner, Mississippi State, MVP Mississippi State’s Adam Frazier

2011: Winner, Florida, MVP, Florida’s Daniel Pigott

2010: Winner, LSU, MVP, LSU’s Aaron Nola

2009: Winner, LSU, MVP, LSU’s Mikie Mahtook

2008: Winner, LSU, MVP, LSU’s Blake Dean

2007: Winner, Vanderbilt, MVP, Vanderbilt’s Pedro Alvarez

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2018 NBA mock draft: Projections for first round, top players, 2018 NBA Draft order (May 21, 2018)

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The 2018 NBA mock drafts are ready to go as the 2018 NBA Draft and NBA draft lottery is near.  Below you can find first-round projections for the draft, the top available players and the 2018 NBA Draft order.

Missouri’s Michael Porter Jr. should be one of the first picks in the 2018 NBA Draft, as should Alabama’s Collin Sexton. For those who don’t hire an agent, they have until May 30 to withdraw.

NBA mock draft 2018: Projections, top players by SEC Country

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 No. Team Player School/Country Position Year 1 Phoenix Luka Doncic Slovenia SG Intl. 2 Sacramento Deandre Ayton Arizona C Fr. 3 Atlanta Marvin Bagley Duke PF Fr. 4 Memphis Jaren Jackson Jr. Michigan State C Fr. 5 Dallas Mo Bamba Texas C Fr. 6 Orlando Michael Porter Jr. Missouri SF Fr. 7 Chicago Wendell Carter Duke C Fr. 8 Cleveland Mikal Bridges Villanova SF Jr. 9 New York Trae Young Oklahoma PG Fr. 10 Philadelphia (via LA Lakers) Shai Gilgeous-Alexander Kentucky PG Fr. 11 Charlotte Kevin Knox Kentucky SF Fr. 12 LA Clippers (via Detroit) Collin Sexton Alabama PG Fr. 13 LA Clippers Robert Williams Texas A&M C Soph. 14 Denver Miles Bridges Michigan State PF Soph. 15 Washington Jontay Porter Missouri PF Fr. 16 Phoenix (via Miami) Jalen Brunson Villanova PG Jr. 17 Milwaukee Anfernee Simons IMG Academy SG HS 18 San Antonio Mitchell Robinson HS C HS 19 Atlanta (via Minnesota) Lonnie Walker IV Miami SG Fr. 20 Minnesota (via OKC) Jacob Evans Cincinnati SF Jr. 21 Utah Gary Trent Duke SG Fr. 22 Chicago (via New Orleans) Troy Brown Oregon SG Fr. 23 Indiana Devonte’ Graham Kansas PG Sr. 24 Portland Dzanan Musa Bosnia & Herznogvina SF Intl. 25 LA Lakers (via Cleveland) Shake Milton SMU PG/SG Jr. 26 Philadelphia Keita Bates-Diop Ohio State SF Jr. 27 Boston Khyri Thomas Creighton SG Jr. 28 Golden State Justin Jackson Maryland SF Soph. 29 Brooklyn (via Toronto) Hamidou Diallo Kentucky SG Fr. 30 Atlanta (via Houston) Vince Edwards Purdue SF Sr.

 

NBA mock draft 2018:  Tankathon.com

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 No. Team Player School/Country Position Year 1 Phoenix Deandre Ayton Arizona C Fr. 2 Sacramento Luka Doncic Slovenia SG Intl. 3 Atlanta Jaren Jackson Jr. Michigan State C Fr. 4 Memphis Marvin Bagley Duke PF Fr. 5 Dallas Mo Bamba Texas C Fr. 6 Orlando Trae Young Oklahoma PG Fr. 7 Chicago Michael Porter Jr. Missouri SF Fr. 8 Cleveland Wendell Carter Duke PF Fr. 9 New York Mikal Bridges Villanova SF Jr. 10 Philadelphia (via LA Lakers) Miles Bridges Michigan State SF Soph. 11 Charlotte Zhaire Smith Texas Tech SG Fr. 12 LA Clippers (via Detroit) Collin Sexton Alabama PG Fr. 13 LA Clippers Robert Williams Texas A&M C Soph. 14 Denver Kevin Knox Kentucky SF Fr. 15 Washington Mitchell Robinson High School C HS 16 Phoenix (via Miami) Shai Gilgeous-Alexander Kentucky PG Fr. 17 Milwaukee Anfernee Simons IMG SG HS 18 San Antonio Jontay Porter Missouri PF Fr. 19 Atlanta (via Minnesota) Dzanan Musa Bosnia & Herzegovina SF Intl. 20 Minnesota (via OKC) Lonnie Walker Miami SG Fr. 21 Utah Shake Milton SMU PG Fr. 22 Chicago (via New Orleans) Troy Brown Oregon SG Fr. 23 Indiana Jalen Brunson Villanova PG Jr. 24 Portland Jacob Evans Cincinnatti SF Jr. 25 LA Lakers (via Cleveland) Gart Trent Jr. Duke SG Fr. 26 Philadelphia Khyri Thomas Creighton SG Jr. 27 Boston Rawle Atkins Arizona SG Soph. 28 Golden State Keita Bates-Diop Ohio State SF Jr. 29 Brooklyn (via Toronto) Chandler Hutchison Boise State SF Sr. 30 Atlanta (via Houston) Bruce Brown Miami SG Soph. NBA mock draft 2018:  ESPN  No. Team Player School/Country Position Year 1 Phoenix Deandre Ayton Arizona C Fr. 2 Sacramento Luka Doncic Slovenia SG Intl. 3 Atlanta Marvin Bagley Duke PF Fr. 4 Memphis Jaren Jackson Jr. Michigan State C Fr. 5 Dallas Mo Bamba Texas C Fr. 6 Orlando Trae Young Oklahoma PG Fr. 7 Chicago Wendell Carter Duke C Fr. 8 Cleveland (via Brooklyn) Michael Porter Jr. Missouri SF Fr. 9 New York Collin Sexton Alabama PG Fr. 10 Philadelphia (via LA Lakers) Mikal Bridges Villanova SF Jr. 11 Charlotte Miles Bridges Michigan State SF Soph. 12 LA Clippers (via Detroit) Shai Gilgeous-Alexander Kentucky PG Fr. 13 LA Clippers Lonnie Walker Miami SG Fr. 14 Denver Robert Williams Texas A&M C Fr. 15 Washington Kevin Knox Kentucky SF Fr. 16 Phoenix (via Miami) Zhaire Smith Texas Tech SG Fr. 17 Milwaukee Aaron Holiday UCLA PG Jr. 18 San Antonio KeitaBates-Diop Ohio State SF Jr. 19 Atlanta (via Minnesota) Troy Brown Oregon SG Fr. 20 Minnesota (via OKC) Dzanan Musa Bosina & Herznogvina SF Intl. 21 Utah Anfernee Simons IMG Academy SG HS 22 Chicago (via New Orleans) Mitchell Robinson High School PF HS 23 Indiana Khyri Thomas Creighton SG Jr. 24 Portland Jacob Evans Cincinnati SF Jr. 25 LA Lakers (via Cleveland) De’Anthony Melton USC SG Soph. 26 Philadelphia Jalen Brunson Villanova PG Jr. 27 Boston Bruce Brown Miami SG Soph. 28 Golden State Chandler Hutchison Boise State SF Sr. 29 Brooklyn (via Toronto) Tyus Battle Syracuse SG Soph. 30 Atlanta (via Houston) Grayson Allen Duke SG Sr. 2018 NBA Draft: Date

The 2018 NBA Draft will be held on Thursday, June 21. The event will air on ESPN and will begin at 8 p.m. ET.

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