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FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — That’s why Sunisa Lee kept her promise and came to Auburn. And why Trinity Thomas stuck it out in Florida. To compete on the podium with the sport of her stopping to watch. To celebrate with her classmates under the lights. To win the chance to have one more chance. The two gymnastics stars checked every box during the NCAA Women’s Team Semifinals on Thursday night. Lee, the first Olympic champion to compete at the collegiate level, helped send Auburn to the final for the second time since 1993 when the Tigers finished second to Florida in the second semifinal to qualify for Saturday’s final four. Thomas claimed the overall title, capping off a spectacular performance with a perfect 10 on the floor exercise as the Gators earned the right to join Lee and the Tigers, as well as Oklahoma and Utah for a shot at a national championship. “I feel absolutely amazing,” said Thomas, who finished with an overall total of 39.8125, just ahead of Lee on 39.675 and Florida teammate Megan Skaggs on 39.6625. “I’ve been working on this since I got to school and I just had a few hiccups, you know, I kept fighting. And to finally do it this time is literally a blessing.” Even if Thomas didn’t initially know her 10 on her floor, her 11th perfect score this season, the best in the country, made her only the fourth Gator to win the entire competition in the last decade. She was so focused on making sure Florida made it to the team final that she didn’t really pay attention to where she stood in the overall standings until she finished the competition. “(I asked my teammates) ‘do you know what the whole thing was?’ And they said, ‘No,’ and I said, ‘Me neither,’” Thomas said with a laugh. “So, I really had no idea.” Thomas eventually turned to fellow senior Savannah Schoenherr, the team’s resident calculator. When Schoenherr informed her old teammate that it was probably her, Thomas let out a semi-surprised “oh” from her. Consider it a testament to Thomas’s ability to stay in the moment. A problem with the equipment when Florida was on the uneven bars forced Thomas to wait a long 10 minutes while it was fixed. He passed the time telling jokes. When it was finally her turn to go, she turned in 9.9750, her best of the night. “I’m so glad Trinity had to wait,” Florida coach Jenny Rowland said. “If she was going to be someone, Trinity is great to be able to shake it off and just go with the flow and step up and up her game.” The same goes for Lee. Eight months ago, she had the match of a lifetime in Tokyo, becoming the fifth consecutive American woman to capture all-around gold. She didn’t let her newfound fame distract her from going to Auburn, even if her celebrity created inordinate expectations. The 19-year-old admitted to feeling nervous Thursday before receiving a pep talk from his Olympic teammate Jordan Chiles, who now competes for UCLA. Chiles’ advice was simple: he tries to remember that this is supposed to be fun. “I think (after that) I really took the pressure off myself and just went out there and enjoyed it,” said Lee, who won the beam title as well as finishing second to Thomas overall. Lee gleefully ran over to her teammates after her uneven bars routine served as the exclamation point that got Auburn to the final. Chiles was not the only one who gave pep talks. Earlier in the day, Oklahoma reached the finals for the ninth straight time by posting a team score of 198.112, the best of the day. The statement came a day after receiving a pep talk from former Oklahoma star and current Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield. The Sooners chatted with Mayfield, who won the Heisman Trophy at Oklahoma in 2017, on Wednesday night, and Mayfield urged them to “feel dangerous” as the program tries to win its fourth title since 2016. Oklahoma moved into the lead during the second rotation, using stellar play on uneven bars to slide past the Utes to first. The set included a 9.887 from Olivia Trautman, competing in the event for the first time this season after being limited by a knee injury. “(Mayfield) told us to just do our thing and believe in ourselves,” Trautman said. Utah reached the final for the fourth time in five championships by finishing the meet with a rock-solid set of beams. The Utes’ score of 49,600 was the highest in the event during the first semifinal, ending any hope that Alabama or Minnesota would close the gap. Defending national champion Michigan’s bid for a replay ended during the third rotation of the second session, where a wobbly set on the uneven bars sent the Wolverines falling in the standings to fourth behind Florida, Auburn and Missouri. The finals will feature familiar faces from Oklahoma, Florida and Utah. Lee’s arrival helped propel the Tigers into heady company, which was the plan all along when he made good on his commitment to compete for Auburn. What happens next for Lee is unknown. He has made no secret of her desire to return to elite competition in preparation for the 2024 Olympics, a process that could start sooner rather than later, which could make her a gymnastic equivalent of “one and done.” That decision won’t be made until after the season, a season in which he has one more game left. “I’m very proud of us,” Lee said. (© Copyright 2022 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)

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Gilbert Dominant On Mound To Lift Mariners Past Twins 5-0 – WCCO

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SEATTLE (AP) — At the rate he’s going, Logan Gilbert will find himself pitching in Los Angeles in the All-Star Game a month from now. -Batter in the Mariners’ 5-0 win over the Minnesota Twins on Tuesday night. depression. But the only thing everyone wanted to talk about afterwards was another excellent performance from Gilbert. “It sounds to me like he’s putting together an All-Star season,” Seattle manager Scott Servais said. “I think he’s certainly setting himself apart as one of the best starters in this league.” Gilbert cut his ERA to 2.22, struck out six and walked one. Gilberto Celestino, batting No. 9, and Carlos Correa hit two singles off Gilbert, but the rest of the Twins’ lineup was unsuccessful. The only time Minnesota threatened was in the sixth with runners on first and second and two out, but Gilbert struck out Max Kepler on a 3-2 pitch. It was the fourth time this year that Gilbert won after a loss in Seattle. “I’m trying to always set the tone when it’s my day, and get ahead and keep zeros on the board and give us a chance to win,” Gilbert said. . “So win or lose, that’s my job. And that’s what I’ve tried to go out and do.” Gilbert (7-2) has allowed three runs or fewer in 12 of his 13 starts this season. He has pitched at least six innings in six straight outings, and only Seattle, wanting to keep the pitching countdown down against the Twins a bit, prevented Gilbert from entering the seventh inning. just a bunch of positive things combined,” Twins manager Rocco Baldelli said. “He made good pitches when he had to.” Erik Swanson, Diego Castillo and Matt Festa each worked an inning of relief to finish the shutout. home run an inning later to chase down Minnesota starter Joe Ryan. Sam Haggerty added an RBI double in the seventh. Seattle had scored three runs or fewer in four of the previous six games. The Mariners are 25-10 when scoring four or more this season, even if Gilbert didn’t need that much support.READ MORE: Buxton Homers Vs Seattle Again, Twins Top Mariners 3-2“When he goes out, it’s business, and playing behind a guy like that, he’s a lot of fun,” France said. “The game just flows. Hopefully we can get some racing support tonight.” Ryan (5-3) made his first start since he was placed on the COVID-19 disabled list on May 25. He retired 11 of his first 12 batters before Julio Rodriguez doubled with one. out in the fourth, and Suarez followed with an impressive home run down the left field line. An inning later with Ryan working, France hit a broken ball hanging on the first pitch. Ryan allowed five hits and struck out three in 4 2/3 innings. Injured back that the team expected and would be imagining a bit to see if there is something else at stake. Polanco has sat out the last two games. Mariners: SS JP Crawford was ruled out about an hour before first pitch after experiencing flu-like symptoms, Servais said. Crawford was ready to bat in the leadoff spot. Dylan Moore replaced him at shortstop. Servais seemed pessimistic that Crawford would be able to play Wednesday. … Jesse Winker was given the night off. Servais had planned to give each of his outfielders a day off during this stay at home, but Winker has been a huge disappointment at the plate. He is batting just .208 and has six hits in his last 39 at-bats. ROSTER MOVEMENT To make room for Ryan, the Twins designated Elliot Soto for the INF assignment a day after he was drafted out of Triple-A St. Paul. Soto did not appear in his only game with the Twins. Baldelli was hopeful Soto would remain in the organization if he clears waivers.UP NEXTTwins: Right-hander Sonny Gray (3-1, 2.41 ERA) is expected to be reinstated from the 15-day disabled list after missing time for a strain in the right pectoral. Gray hasn’t started for the Twins since May 29 when he pitched six innings against Kansas City. Mariners: LHP Marco Gonzales (3-6, 3.63) is making his 13th start of the season. Gonzales lasted 4 1/3 innings in his last start against Boston, allowing two runs on two hits with a career-high six walks. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)

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Storm wins for fourth straight time to extend Lynx losing streak – WCCO

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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Breanna Stewart scored 29 points, including a go-ahead basket with 42.6 seconds left, and the Seattle Storm beat the Minnesota Lynx 81-79 on Tuesday night for their fourth straight victory. Stewart floated into the lane to break a 79-all tie. After Minnesota was left empty-handed at the other end on a lopsided layup attempt by Moriah Jefferson, Stewart dribbled the clock past it to Jewell Loyd, who missed a contested shot down the lane. But Stewart grabbed the offensive rebound and knocked him out to run out time. Epiphanny Prince made four 3-pointers in the first five minutes of the fourth quarter and finished with 15 points for Seattle (9-5). Loyd added 13 points, including a 3-point play for a 57-54 lead after Seattle started the third quarter on an 18-8 run. Sue Bird did not play due to illness other than COVID. Breanna Stewart (Credit: Steph Chambers/Getty Images) Stewart had 15 points in the first half, but Seattle still trailed 46-39. The Storm finished 12 of 27 from 3-point range. Kayla McBride scored 20 points for Minnesota (3-12), including a 3-pointer to tie it at 79-all with 52 seconds left. Jessica Shepard added 12 points, Nikolina Milic added 11 points and the Aerial Powers had 10 points and seven assists. Minnesota, which has lost four straight, outscored Seattle 51.5% to 38.4 but gave it up 15 times. (© Copyright 2022 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)

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‘We are only here to win’: Benilde-St. Margaret’s Boys Lacrosse team seeks fifth state championship – WCCO

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ST. LOUIS PARK, Minn. (WCCO) — They’re young, but they’re not insecure. “We are very confident. We know we are the best team in the state. It all comes down to whether we all play together,” said Benilde-St. Margaret’s senior spiker, Cam Gelling. READ MORE: ‘Take What’s Ours’: Championship Softball Turns Ruthless In FinalsThe Benilde-St. Margaret’s boys are back in the state, for the fifth year in a row, undefeated and in first place. “We know what to expect. We know the splendor around the state tournament,” said BSM Head Coach Rob Hunt. Margaret’s has been a sure success, winning the first state title in 2007 and last year. This week they go for title number five. (Credit: CBS) “I think it would just continue to cement our show as one of the best shows in Minnesota, if not the Midwest,” Hunt said. “We want to continue to help elevate the game not just locally, but for the entire state.” READ MORE: MSHSL passes name, image, and likeness policy for student athletes“It would mean a lot to us, especially going back,” Gelling said. The Red Knights have a reputation for winning every game. “I think you’re everyone’s target. Some people have said that. It really doesn’t affect us. We’re just here to win,” junior midfielder Brad Little said. Still, they try to reframe the narrative. “At one point this year, we positioned ourselves in our own locker room as if we were the chasers,” Hunt said. . “We were going to go out and hunt everyone down and let everyone know that we were still here. As the year progressed, it became clear that we were one of the best teams in the state. And we were going to get the best shot of all.” MORE NEWS: The Chanhassen HS lacrosse team is enjoying a dominant season despite few home game opportunities They are ready for whoever comes to take their place at the top.

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