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Sports Inquirer Show 158: NBA Play-In games recap, Atlanta Dream, Georgia tennis, Kwame Brown, Mike Trout, Georgia State baseball (5.19.21) — May 19, 2021

Sports Inquirer Show 158: NBA Play-In games recap, Atlanta Dream, Georgia tennis, Kwame Brown, Mike Trout, Georgia State baseball (5.19.21)

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).


Sports Inquirer Show 158: NBA Play-In games recap, Atlanta Dream, Georgia tennis, Kwame Brown, Mike Trout, Georgia State baseball
Sports Inquirer Show 156: Atlanta United, NBA Playoffs picture, Atlanta Dream WNBA season preview, Tim Tebow, Bob Baffert/Medina Spirit, Georgia women’s tennis Jeff Wallace interview (5.14.21) — May 14, 2021

Sports Inquirer Show 156: Atlanta United, NBA Playoffs picture, Atlanta Dream WNBA season preview, Tim Tebow, Bob Baffert/Medina Spirit, Georgia women’s tennis Jeff Wallace interview (5.14.21)

In this edition of The Sports Inquirer Show, we preview Atlanta United’s upcoming MLS home contest against Montreal with audio from manager Gabriel Heinze, team captain Brad Guzan and players Miles Robinson and Jake Mulraney in the Original Free Kick (1:53-14:46), the NBA playoffs picture (14:47-26:41) and preview the Atlanta Dream’s upcoming WNBA season with audio from Atlanta Dream head coach (26:42-35:44) in the Backdoor Cut. We also discuss our lack of excitement for the NFL release, Tim Tebow signing with the Jacksonville Jaguars and the continued drama between Bob Baffert and Kentucky Derby winner Medina Spirit in the Miscellaneous Department (35:45-46:15). Finally, we speak with Georgia women’s tennis head coach Jeff Wallace ahead of the NCAA Tournament in our interview spotlight (46:16-61:08).

Sports Inquirer Show 156: Atlanta United, NBA Playoffs picture, Atlanta Dream WNBA season preview, Tim Tebow, Bob Baffert/Medina Spirit, Georgia women’s tennis Jeff Wallace interview (5.14.21)
Sports Inquirer Show 155: Atlanta United/Inter Miami MLS Recap, Russell Westbrook, Georgia Tech and Georgia Tennis, DK Metcalf, Bob Baffert (5.10.21) — May 10, 2021

Sports Inquirer Show 155: Atlanta United/Inter Miami MLS Recap, Russell Westbrook, Georgia Tech and Georgia Tennis, DK Metcalf, Bob Baffert (5.10.21)

In this edition of The Sports Inquirer Show, we break down Atlanta United’s 1-1 draw at Inter Miami during MLS play in the Original Free Kick with audio from manager Gabriel Heinze, team captain Brad Guzan and player Josef Martinez (1:51-17:32), Russell Westbrook approaching an all-time NBA milestone and the tenuous championship aspirations of the Los Angeles Lakers dependent on the health of LeBron James and Anthony Davis in the Backdoor Cut (17:32-28:39), Georgia and Georgia Tech tennis find success on the court during the NCAA Tournament in the Technical State of Georgia Athletics (28:39-32:00) and NFL wide receiver DK Metcalf makes a run in track and field, Bob Baffert finds scrutiny on the race track following Kentucky Derby winner Medina Spirit’s failed drug test and Rory McIlroy wins Wells Fargo Open while Bryson DeChambeau embarrasses himself in the Miscellaneous Department (32:00-42:25).

Sports Inquirer Show 155: Atlanta United/Inter Miami MLS Recap, Russell Westbrook, Georgia Tech and Georgia Tennis, DK Metcalf, Bob Baffert (5.10.21)
Georgia Women’s Tennis Falls To Defending National Champion UCLA In NCAA Semifinals — May 19, 2015

Georgia Women’s Tennis Falls To Defending National Champion UCLA In NCAA Semifinals

Lauren Herring during the Bulldog Tennis Classic at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex  on Friday, Oct. 10, 2014 in Athens, Ga. (Photo by John Kelley)
Lauren Herring during the Bulldog Tennis Classic at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex on Friday, Oct. 10, 2014 in Athens, Ga.
(Photo by John Kelley)

Release from Georgia Athletics:

The sixth-seeded Georgia women’s tennis team fell to seventh-seeded and defending national champion UCLA 4-1 here Tuesday in the NCAA semifinals.

The Bulldogs end the season with a 24-7 record after reaching the NCAA semifinals for the first time since 2009. UCLA (23-4) will face Vanderbilt in the final on Tuesday.

“UCLA has a great team and played a great match but I am really proud of our team,” said head coach Jeff Wallace. “I’m proud of the run we’ve had and the year we’ve had. We’ve got a group of young ladies that are super close-knit and came here with high goals and expectations. We’ve worked hard all year to get to this point. It was a tough match out there today. I felt like we had some opportunities but UCLA played well in key situations. You’ve got to take your hat off to them.”

Georgia won the doubles point to take a 1-0 lead, but UCLA won four straight singles matches to advance to the team final for the third time in four years.

No. 85 Caroline Brinson and Hannah King were first to finish in doubles with an 8-2 win over Kristin Wiley and Chanelle Van Nguyen at No. 3. With Georgia two points away from clinching the doubles point at No. 1, play was halted due to a lightning delay. When the action was halted, the Bulldogs led 5-1 in the tiebreaker, while the 43rd-ranked tandem of Kennedy Shaffer and Silvia Garcia were receiving with a 7-6 lead at No. 2.

Play resumed approximately an hour and 10 minutes later, and it took just two points for the 11th-ranked pair of Lauren Herring and Ellen Perez to give Georgia the early 1-0 lead with their 8-7(1) victory over the ninth-ranked team of Robin Anderson and Jennifer Brady. The Bulldog duo notched their third win in four days against a top-15 team.

UCLA responded in singles by winning four out of six first sets, including at No. 3 where the Bruins’ Jennifer Brady (47) tied the score with a 6-3, 6-0 win over Silvia Garcia (94). Shortly thereafter, UCLA took the lead as Catherine Harrison (33) topped Shaffer 6-1, 6-3.

The Bruins extended their lead to 3-1 when Van Nguyen (21) topped Perez (63), 6-3, 6-3, then the clincher came at No. 6 where Kaitlin Ray (109) beat Brinson (104), 7-6(3), 6-2.

Matches at Nos. 1 and 5 were in the third sets when UCLA clinched the win.

Herring, Shaffer and Perez will go on to compete in the individual portion of the NCAA Championships beginning Wednesday. The NCAA singles and doubles draws will be announced on Tuesday.