CWS opening ceremony set for Friday, tourney begins Saturday
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The College World Series opening ceremonies are set for 8:30 p.m. Friday at TD Ameritrade Park.
ESPN baseball analyst and former major-league pitcher Orel Hershiser will be the featured speaker, and the participating teams will be introduced after an Olympic-style grand entrance.
Oregon State and Mississippi State will kickoff the 8-team, double elimination tournament, which will be held annually in Omaha for at least another quarter of a century. All of the opening-round games will be televised on ESPN or ESPN2.
Day/Date Matchup Time(CDT)
Sat., June 15 Oregon State vs. Miss. State 2 p.m.
Indiana vs. Louisville 7 p.m.
Sun., June 16 No. Carolina vs. NC State 2 p.m.
LSU vs. UCLA 7 p.m.
Juggling family and golf, Mickelson leads US Open
ARDMORE, Pa. (AP) — So much for getting a good night’s sleep.
Phil Mickelson arrived at Merion Golf Club about four hours before his 7:11 a.m. tee time and still managed to shoot a 3-under 67 for the clubhouse lead at Thursday’s opening round of the U.S. Open.
“I might have used just a little caffeine booster at the turn just to keep me sharp,” Mickelson said. “But that was our ninth hole or so, and I just wanted to make sure I had enough energy.”
Mickelson flew overnight from San Diego after watching his oldest daughter’s eighth-grade graduation, where she was one of the featured speakers. At first, he was a little shaky. But after rolling a birdie putt 8 feet past his first hole and putting his tee shot in the rough at his second, he settled himself —helped by a little more sleep during a rain delay.
It was his lowest opening round since 1999 in a championship he’s never won, even though he keeps coming close. He’s been runner-up a record five times.