Jimmy Kerr homered for the third time in the College World Series, and Michigan beat Vanderbilt 7-4 in Game 1 of the best-of-three finals Monday night in Omaha, Neb.
The Wolverines (50-20), who barely got into the NCAA Tournament after a poor finish to the regular season, are seeking the school’s first baseball championship since 1962. Ohio State is the last Big Ten school to take home the title, winning it in 1966.
Game 2 is Tuesday night.
Kerr’s two-run shot into the right-field bleachers in the seventh inning was followed by hugs all around for his family members. Among them were grandfather John Kerr, a member of the ’62 Wolverines, and dad Derek Kerr, who played on the 1984 team, the last one to make it to the CWS before this year.
Raiders to host Rams at camp
The Raiders will host the Los Angeles Rams for two joint training camp practices this year, the team announced.
The Rams, last year’s NFC champions, will practice with the Raiders in Napa on Aug. 7 and 8. That precedes the teams playing each other in their preseason opener Aug. 10 in Oakland.
The Raiders open the season against the Broncos on Sept. 9 at the Coliseum.
Also Monday, the NFL announced training camp reporting dates for all teams. The Raiders will have their rookies report to Napa on July 23 and veterans on July 26.
The reporting date for 49ers rookies and veterans in Santa Clara is July 26.
— Matt Kawahara
Courts: A former top Sacramento Kings executive was sentenced to seven years in prison for siphoning $13.4 million from the team. Jeffrey David, 44, the team’s former chief revenue officer, pleaded guilty in December to wire fraud and aggravated identity theft. He was sentenced by U.S. District Judge William Shubb in San Francisco.
Soccer: Forward Chris Wondolowski of the San Jose Earthquakes was one of 13 players added to the Major League Soccer All-Star roster by coach James O’Connor of Orlando.
The All-Stars will play Spain’s Atletico Madrid on July 31 at Orlando.
• Ecuador and Japan were eliminated from the Copa America after a 1-1 draw, giving Paraguay a spot in the quarterfinals of the tournament in Brazil. Uruguay won Group C after beating second-place Chile 1-0 in Rio de Janeiro. The quarterfinals will feature Brazil-Paraguay, Venezuela-Argentina, Colombia-Chile and Uruguay-Peru.
Horse racing: The power of the California Horse Racing Board grew when the state Legislature unanimously approved a bill that would grant the regulatory body the authority to suspend or move racing days without a 10-day public notice period.
The bill has to be signed by Gov. Gavin Newsom, who has said he supports the bill.
NHL: The Vegas Golden Knights signed high-scoring forward William Karlsson to an eight-year contract.
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