In this edition of The Sports Inquirer Show, we recap the NBA Play-In games between Boston/Washington and Indiana/Charlotte (3:36-12:52) and preview tonight’s Atlanta Dream/Chicago Sky WNBA contest with audio from head coach Mike Petersen and player Tiffany Hayes (12:53-20:09) in the Backdoor Cut, the Georgia tennis teams participating in the NCAA Tournament with audio from women’s head coach Jeff Wallace and men’s head coach Manuel Diaz in the Technical State of Georgia Athletics (20:10-27:41), the brilliance of the Kwame Brown feud with Matt Barnes and Stephen Jackson’s All the Smoke Podcast, the great interview of the Drink Champs podcast with MC Serch, the drama between Joe Budden and former co-hosts Mal and Rory as well as Mike Trout’s injury in the Miscellaneous Department (27:42-41:26). We also speak with Georgia State baseball head coach Brad Stromdahl in our Interview Spotlight (41:26-49:32).
Release from Georgia Athletics:
Georgia junior Maicel Uibo has been named one of 10 semifinalists for The Bowerman Trophy, which is collegiate track and field’s highest individual honor.
Uibo, a native of Polva, Estonia, is one of four competitors from the Southeastern Conference on the list. He is the first member of the Georgia men’s team to be named a semifinalist for track and field’s version of the Heisman Trophy. Men’s finalists for The Bowerman Trophy will be announced on July 8.
Last year, true freshman Kendell Williams from the women’s team was included as a semifinalist.
Uibo defended his NCAA decathlon title last week to become only the fourth competitor in history to win two in a row in the event. He scored 10 of the Bulldogs’ 13 points en route to a 15th-place team finish. Uibo scored a school record 8,356 points, which makes him the No. 4 all-time collegiate performer with the No. 4 all-time NCAA performance.
Also in 2015, Uibo became only the third competitor in history to win his third consecutive SEC decathlon title after scoring a then school record and current meet record score of 8,326, which is the No. 5 all-time collegiate performance. He also set an SEC meet record with a clearance of 7 feet, 1 3/4 inches in the decathlon’s high jump.
In addition, Uibo shot to ninth on the Bulldogs’ all-time top-10 list after clearing 17-0.75 in the pole vault at both the SEC and NCAA Outdoor Championships and swept the decathlon high jump, discus and long jump competitions at the SEC and NCAA meets.
Indoors, Uibo scored his third-best career heptathlon score of 5,909 to take second at the SEC Championships, thanks in part to winning the high and long jumps and pole vault. He moved to No. 4 in Georgia’s indoor record books with a 17-2.75 clearance in the pole vault during the regular season. Uibo sustained an injury during the NCAA Indoor Championships that forced him to drop out.
For his work in the classroom, Uibo was named SEC Indoor Scholar Athlete of the Year and to the CoSIDA Academic All-District Team.
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The Georgia men’s golf team’s memorable run at the NCAA Championships came to an end on Tuesday in the match play semifinals at Concession Golf Club.
Georgia entered the NCAAs seeded 26th out of 30 teams and ranked 28th and 33rd in the two polls. But the Bulldogs led the majority of stroke play for four days and wound up third, then dispatched South Florida 4-1 in the match play quarterfinals Tuesday morning.
The Bulldogs’ quest for the national title came to a halt, however, when they dropped a 3-1-1 decision to SEC champion LSU in the semifinals (unofficially known as the “Final Fore”). The Tigers will take on Southern Cal Wednesday in the championship match.
“I think a lot of people will remember this team and the run they made. I know I will,” Georgia coach Chris Haack said. “They’ll always be special to all of us because of what they did this week. I am very proud of them. It’s not the way we wanted to see it end, but the guys fought hard and didn’t give anything away. They played their hearts out and that’s all I can ask for.”
Junior Lee McCoy, who was chosen as a First-Team All-American Tuesday morning, posted the Bulldogs’ win against LSU as he topped Stewart Jolly 2&1. Senior Mookie DeMoss and sophomore Greyson Sigg dropped 7&6 and 4&3 decisions, respectively, as LSU mounted a 2-1 lead. The Tigers clinched the match as Benjamin Taylor defeated freshman Zach Healy 2-up. Junior Sepp Straka’s match had been extended to extra holes and was halted.
“We had a good week and put ourselves in position to win it, but we just didn’t quite get it done,” Sigg said. “But we can hold our heads high. To make it to the national semis is big for our program. It means a lot we made it this far and we can build on that.”
“We gave it our all,” McCoy said. “Every guy on this team has a lot of heart and showed a lot of fight. I am proud of each and every one of them.”
In the quarterfinals win over South Florida, McCoy (5&3), DeMoss (1-up), Straka (3&2) and Healy (2&1) posted victories.
This was the Bulldogs’ third appearance in match play since that format was adopted for the 2009 season and they are now 4-3 all-time. Georgia went 2-1 in 2011 and 1-1 in both 2009 and 2015. The Bulldogs won national championships in 1999 and 2005, both under Haack.
Release from Georgia Athletics:
The Georgia men’s golf team defeated tournament host South Florida 4-1 on Tuesday morning in the match play quarterfinals of the NCAA Championships at Concession Golf Club.
The Bulldogs advance to the semifinals to take on SEC champion LSU this afternoon at 1:30 p.m. Results can be found at GolfStat.com and Golf Channel’s live coverage will begin at 3:30 p.m.
Juniors Lee McCoy — who was named a First-Team All-American Tuesday morning — and Sepp Straka and freshman Zach Healy were the first three victors for the Bulldogs. Senior Mookie DeMoss was leading and sophomore Greyson Sigg was trailing when play was halted.
This is the Bulldogs’ third appearance in match play since that format was adopted for the 2009 season and they are now 3-0 in quarterfinal matches. Georgia went 1-1 in 2009 and 2-1 in 2011. The Bulldogs won national championships in 1999 and 2005, both under Coach Chris Haack.
Georgia entered the NCAAs seeded 26th out of 30 teams and ranked 28th and 33rd in the two polls.
Said McCoy, “I’m pretty sure if they had a pre-NCAAs bracket, we would not have been on it. But here we are in the semifinals. We’re having the time of our lives.”
Release from Georgia Athletics:
For the second time in his career, Georgia junior Maicel Uibo has been named the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) National Men’s Athlete of the Week.
Uibo, a native of Polva, Estonia, last earned this honor following the 2013 Bulldog Decathlon in Athens, Ga. He is the first Bulldog to earn this honor since teammate Garrett Scantling received the accolade following his performance at the 2015 Bulldog Decathlon earlier this season.
Uibo earned his most recent honor by winning his third consecutive SEC decathlon title, making himself one of only three individuals in SEC history to win three. He topped a 17-year-old meet record with 8,326 points.
This score makes Uibo the No. 4 all-time collegiate performer with the No. 4 all-time collegiate performance. Uibo’s score is also a world-leading mark and is 96 points more than Scantling’s former school record of 8,232 set earlier this year.
Uibo’s performance included an SEC Championships meet record high jump mark of 7 ft, 1 ¾ in (previous record of 7-1.50 set in 1977) and six victories out of the 10 events, including two personal-best efforts. Uibo is now qualified for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, for his native Estonia.
While Uibo may compete in an open event or two to continue his training at the coming NCAA East Prelims (May 28-30) in Jacksonville, Fla., he will next compete in the decathlon at the NCAA Championships in Eugene, Ore., on June 10-13.
A five-run outburst with two outs in the 10th inning rallied Georgia past Kentucky 6-1 Sunday to win an SEC road series.
After two quick outs in the 10th, Bulldog sophomore Stephen Wrenn kept the inning alive with a base hit and went to third when Keegan McGovern lined a single. Senior Jared Walsh drew a walk to load the bases for junior Daniel Nichols. He lined a two-run single to center to make it 3-1. Then, junior catcher Zack Bowers stepped up and crushed a three-run home run for a 6-1 advantage. That was more than enough for junior Sean McLaughlin who took care of the Wildcats in the 10 to finish with four scoreless innings and a victory to move his record to 4-5.
With the win, Georgia improved to 24-26 overall and 9-17 in the SEC. Kentucky (27-23, 12-14 SEC) took a 1-0 lead on a two-out, solo home run by JaVon Shelby in the fourth off sophomore Robert Tyler. It came on a full count and marked his first hit of the weekend and his eighth home run of the year. The Wildcats carried a 1-0 lead until the ninth.
In just his second start since February as he’s been sidelined with a forearm strain, Tyler provided five innings against the Wildcats. He limited them to a run on two hits with no walks and four strikeouts and got a no decision. Freshman Bo Tucker and McLaughlin combined to pitch five scoreless innings for the Bulldogs.
In the top of the ninth, Walsh spoiled the shutout bid when he blasted his third home run of the year off right-hander Kyle Cody. It ended his day after going eight innings and scattering seven hits with no walks and five strikeouts.
“We hung in there, Cody was really good, a potential first round pick for Kentucky and Robert Tyler was excellent for us too,” Georgia coach Scott Stricklin said. “We had a big, two-out, bases-loaded hit, and it was Daniel Nichols, and then Zack Bowers had the three-run home run which was really big too. I thought our defense was exceptional.
“Everything is in front of us to play for; we told them before the game that we have to win today, and I’m proud of how we got it done. That’s what we needed,” Stricklin added.