June 6 Sports Briefs

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Basketball: MCC women sign point guard from Florida

Josselin Geer, a 5-10 point guard from Panama City Beach, Florida, will play basketball for the MIles Community College Pioneers beginning in the 2018-19 season.

Geer was an all-district player and a member of multiple all-star teams while playing high school basketball at North Bay Haven Charter Academy in Panama City Beach. She averaged 17.3 points per game her senior season.

“She’s long and athletic and can play multiple positions,” MCC coach Nate Vogel said. “She’s a great basketball player but also fits the characteristics of young women we want in our program — great students who are willing to serve.”

— by Star Staff

Justify draws No. 1 post at Belmont for Triple Crown try

NEW YORK (AP) — Something Bob Baffert always dreads has come true ahead of the Belmont Stakes: Justify drew the No. 1 post for the colt’s bid to sweep the Triple Crown.

The Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner was made the early 4-5 favorite in the 10-horse field for Saturday’s race. Baffert is not a fan of the inside post for his horses, no matter what the race. History, however, may be on Justify’s side. Since 1905, a leading 23 horses have won from the No. 1 post. The last to win from there was Empire Maker in 2003 when he spoiled Funny Cide’s Triple Crown bid.

Justify won the first two legs of the series from the No. 7 post. He ran on sloppy tracks both times and the forecast for Saturday calls for a 60 percent chance of rain.

Djokovic beaten; Stephens,

Keys advance at French Open

PARIS (AP) — Novak Djokovic’s neck was bothering him. Then his right leg was. The way he faltered at the most crucial of moments in the French Open quarterfinals might have hurt him the most against an opponent who never won a Grand Slam match until last week and once was handed a match-fixing suspension later overturned on appeal.

At the site of his 12th and most recent major title, which came two years ago, Djokovic was stunned by 72nd-ranked Marco Cecchinato of Italy 6-3, 7-6 (4), 1-6, 7-6 (11) in a rollicking match filled with long points and plenty of drama.

In the women’s quarterfinals, No. 10 Sloane Stephens beat No. 14 Daria Kasatkina of Russia 6-3, 6-1, and No. 13 Madison Keys eliminated unseeded Yulia Putintseva of Kazakhstan 7-6 (5), 6-4. Stephens beat Keys in the U.S. Open final last September, and their rematch on Thursday will be the first all-American women’s semifinal at the French Open since Serena Williams defeated Jennifer Capriati in 2002.

Softball: Florida State wins

Women’s College World Series

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Pitcher Meghan King settled down after a rough start to complete a record-setting Women’s College World Series, and Florida State beat Washington 8-3 to claim its first national title.

The Seminoles (58-12) won the best-of-three championship series 2-0. They lost their opener before winning six straight to become just the third team to come through the losers’ bracket and take the title.

King broke a World Series record for lowest ERA among pitchers who threw at least 10 innings with a mark of 0.20. She earned four wins and a save in Oklahoma City while allowing just one earned run in 34 1/3 innings.