NCAA Baseball Tournament
Vanderbilt routs Radford 21-0; Henry Clay grad Buehler gets win
Zander Wiel, Rhett Wiseman and Bryan Reynolds homered to lead Vanderbilt's 20-hit attack and the Commodores won the Nashville Regional with a 21-0 rout of Radford on Monday.
Vanderbilt tied an NCAA Tournament record for largest shutout margin with LSU, a 21-0 winner over Louisiana-Monroe in 2000. It was the most runs scored by Vanderbilt since a 21-run outburst against Niagara in 2010.
Vanderbilt's Walker Buehler (4-2) struck out seven and allowed two hits in five scoreless innings, retiring the first 11 batters. The junior out of Henry Clay is 11th on MLB.com's prospect list for the upcoming draft.
Vanderbilt (45-19) scored in each of the first five innings in winning its fifth regional in six years. Next up: a Super Regional at Big Ten champion Illinois (50-8-1,) which boasts the best winning percentage in baseball.
Irving making slow progress ahead of Finals
Kyrie Irving is resigned to not being 100 percent for the Cavaliers in the NBA Finals.
"Unless something miraculous happens," he said.
The All-Star guard has been kept out of portions of practice in the past few days as he continues to recover from tendinitis in his left knee, a condition that flared up earlier in the postseason and sidelined him from two games in the Eastern Conference finals. On Monday, Irving said he's continued to receive treatment during the break before Game 1, but he sounded less enthused about his progress than last week when he insisted there were "no ifs and or buts" whether he would play.
"It's a day-by-day thing," he said. "I'm going to continue to get treatment and do what it takes."
Cavaliers Coach David Blatt wouldn't comment on how much he thinks Irving will be able to play against Golden State.
"We got a few more days until the first game," Blatt said when asked whether Irving will have his minutes restricted. "We're just hoping he can get out there and play and then we'll address all those things."
■ A source told the Associated Press that the Chicago Bulls plan to introduce Fred Hoiberg as their new coach on Tuesday.Hoiberg had long been rumored as the replacement for Tom Thibodeau, who was fired last week after five seasons in Chicago. The Bulls announced in a release that they would make a major announcement on Tuesday. Hoiberg went 115-56 at Iowa State, including four straight NCAA Tournament appearances and back-to-back Big 12 tournament titles.
TennisSerena rallies — again — at French Open
For the third match in a row at the French Open, Serena Williams was oddly out of sorts at the outset and dropped the opening set. And for the third match in a row, Williams righted herself to pull out a victory. In a riveting, two-hour showdown between the last two American women in the draw, the No. 1-ranked and No. 1-seeded Williams was a game away from defeat Monday, then came back to beat Sloane Stephens 1-6, 7-5, 6-3. Williams reached the quarterfinals and avoided joining defending champion Maria Sharapova on the way out of Roland Garros.
"It's not how you start, I guess. It's how you finish," Williams said. "That's kind of how I'm looking at it."
Sharapova was outplayed throughout a 7-6 (3), 6-4 loss to 13th-seeded Lucie Safarova.
"My opponent had a different gear than I did," Sharapova said after her earliest exit at Roland Garros since 2010.
On a day full of tennis' biggest names, the Big 4 of the men's game — Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray — all won. The top-seeded Djokovic and nine-time French Open champion Nadal will play in the quarterfinals Wednesday, a rematch of last year's finals.
UAB bringing the sport back by 2016
UAB President Ray Watts said Monday he is bringing the football program back as early as 2016, reversing a decision to shut it down because it was too expensive.
Watts cited renewed financial commitment from supporters, students and the city as reasons for the change of heart.
He said donors have pledged to make up the projected $17.2 million deficit over the next five years if football is restored. Watts told The Associated Press he decided on Monday morning to reverse the earlier decision after meetings with UAB supporters continued through the weekend.
In addition to reinstating football, Watts said Monday that he was also bringing back bowling and rifle.
Watts cut the programs last December after UAB commissioned a report saying it would cost $49 million over five years to field a competitive football program, generating both a groundswell of criticism for the decision and a rallying of financial support for the Blazers program.
Stein out as EKU's baseball coach
Eastern Kentucky baseball coach Jason Stein will not be retained, Athletics Director Steve Lochmueller announced Monday. Stein, a 1997 EKU graduate, was 178-201 record in seven seasons as the Colonels' head coach. In 2015, Eastern was 21-29 overall and finished eighth in the Ohio Valley Conference with a 12-17 record.
■ Lauren Haeger's three RBI helped Florida beat Michigan 3-2 on Monday, moving the Gators within one win of a repeat Women's College World Series title. Michigan (59-7) saw its 28-game win streak snapped. The teams will meet again Tuesday in the best-of-three championship series.
■ Lindsey Wilson baseball's Alex Bautista, a senior outfielder, was named an NAIA All-American. Bautista, a Brooklyn, N.Y, native who was a first-team selection, led the Blue Raiders in runs scored (69), home runs (19), RBI (72), slugging percentage (.728), stolen bases (27) and walks (24).
The last word
Cleveland Cavaliers backup point guard Matthew Dellavedova has always gone after the ball with disregard for his body. Face first. Teammate Kyrie Irving talked recently about when Dellavedova — who has been called a dirty player during the playoffs — joined the team last year:
"It was almost a fist fight every day in practice. It wasn't that he was trying to be dirty or anything like that. It's just the way he is, his nature."