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OAKLAND, Calif. — Justin Verlander goes for his ninth victory when the Houston Astros wrap up their series against the Oakland Athletics. By Janie McCauley. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at 2:35 p.m. CDT.
OMAHA, Neb. — If the College World Series is like the rest of the season, there will be lots of strikeouts when the final eight teams play for the national championship at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha. Strikeout numbers are the highest on record in college baseball, and pitching staffs averaging nine or more Ks per nine innings have tripled the last two years. What’s happening in the college game mirrors the major leagues, where strikeouts are on track to set a record for the 11th straight year. By Eric Olson. SENT: 890 words, with photos.
Arkansas will make its ninth College World Series appearance this weekend, the school’s fifth in 16 seasons under coach Dave Van Horn. The Razorbacks believe it’s time they finally won their first national championship, and that they have the team do just that. By Kurt Voigt. UPCOMING: 500 words, with photos.
BBC--CWS-RED RAIDERS RETURN
Texas Tech pitcher Davis Martin remembers what he was told when he got to the College World Series as a freshman two years ago, a message the right-hander appreciates much more with another opportunity. “Enjoy every second of this because you never know if you’re going to come back,” Martin said. “Then we left, I was like ‘Oh my gosh, I didn’t embrace it enough.’ And then just the blessing to go back again is just unbelievable.” The Red Raiders (44-18) are going from their Lubbock campus to Omaha for the third time in five seasons. Their CWS opener is Sunday night against defending national champion Florida. By Stephen Hawkins. SENT: 660 words, with photos.
Two first-round draft picks and an All-American closer carried top-seeded Florida to the College World Series for the fourth consecutive season. Pitching also was the main reason the Gators won it all last year and spent this season as the popular pick to repeat. The recent mound mastery has turned Florida into “Pitching U.” By Mark Long. UPCOMING: 650 words.
FRISCO, Texas — Ezekiel Elliott had a quiet offseason after a tumultuous second year with a suspension that cost him a shot at defending his rushing title and helped keep the Dallas Cowboys out of the playoffs. Through it all, the star running back remains the focal point of the offense. By Pro Football Writer Schuyler Dixon. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos.
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CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — Iris Vasquez had never surfed until this week. The Corpus Christi Caller-Times reports with a big smile on her face, Vasquez tensed up. She was nervous and afraid to jump into the waves at Schlitterbahn Corpus Christi’s Boogie-Bahn. But the female crowd cheered on. Fighting her nerves, Vasquez took a leap into the roaring waves and began to surf. The crowd went wild. More than 20 women, ages 8 to 70, attended free two-hour surf lessons Tuesday at the water park to celebrate National Women Learn to Surf Week. By Megan Falcon, Corpus Christi Caller-Times. SENT: 510 words, pursuing photos. Moving on news & sports lines.
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