I’m taking the Coffee Companion, where I recap the day and weekend’s sports headlines, on the road today. I’m in Charlottesville, Va,. for Maryland’s NCAA super regional in accommodations that provide neither coffee nor complimentary shampoo, and yet I’m still willing to deliver this summary goodness for you all this morning. I’m a modern-day Karl Malone if you ask me.
- Manny Machado drew the ire of the baseball world Sunday when he knocked Oakland catcher Derek Norris out of the game when he hit him with a couple bat swings, then lost his grip on his bat after a couple inside pitches. This all occurred in the Orioles’ 11-1 loss to Oakland, a game in which Ubaldo Jimenez got shelled.
- Maryland baseball faces a do-or-die Game 3 tonight against Virginia in Charlottesville. The winner goes to the College World Series in Omaha, Neb. David Zurawik believes the broadcasts have been impressive, though the fact that the esteemed broadcaster needs a prime time game means the game is at 7 p.m., not 4 p.m., tonight, which is less than thrilling for the reporter in Charlottesville.
- California Chrome’s owners still believe they were cheated out of the Triple Crown, which is great for writers but probably bad looks for the man himself.
- There was a big TNA Impact Wrestling show at Ripken Stadium in Aberdeen last night. Looks like it was a real wrestling show, though the pictures don’t indicate how many people were there.
Rafa didn’t need air conditioning
- In conditions that were probably way hotter than what LeBron James and the Heat couldn’t handle in Game 1 in San Antonio, Rafael Nadal won his ninth French Open 3-6, 7-5, 6-2, 6-4 over Novak Djokovic.
- The Heat were much cooler in a 98-96 win over San Antonio, which leveled the series at one apiece heading back to Miami.