Michigan in driver’s seat at College World Series

Tommy Henry limited Florida State to three hits and Jesse Franklin’s first-inning home run stood up in Michigan’s 2-0 win Monday at the College World Series in Omaha, Neb.

The Wolverines took control of Bracket 1 in their first CWS appearance since 1984 and will get three days off as a result. They need to win Friday or, if necessary, Saturday to reach the best-of-three finals next week.

“In the biggest game in Michigan baseball history in a long, long time, we got the best pitching performance in Tommy Henry’s career,” Michigan coach Erik Bakich said. “He was the entire story line tonight. He gave us something magical. I don’t know if there is an adjective to describe how good Tommy was, but he was better than that.”

Florida State, which fell to 1-1 and has scored just two runs in 26 innings, will face Texas Tech. The Red Raiders bounced back from a 2-0 loss to Michigan and stayed alive with a 5-4 win over Arkansas, eliminating the Razorbacks, a CWS finalist last year.

Cody Masters’ first triple of the season drove in the go-ahead run in the eighth for Texas Tech.

College basketball: USF announced its opponents for the first college games to take place at Chase Center on Nov. 9. The women will face Stanford, the alma mater of head coach Molly Goodenbour. The men will meet Princeton.

— Steve Kroner

Pro basketball: LaMelo Ball, the 17-year-old brother of NBA guard Lonzo Ball, has signed with the Illawarra Hawks of Australia’s National Basketball League. The younger Ball is rated as one of the best U.S. high school players and is expected to be one of the top picks in the 2020 NBA draft.

NHL: Dallas Eakins is the Anaheim Ducks’ new head coach. The Ducks filled the NHL’s last head-coaching vacancy with the coach of their AHL affiliate in San Diego.

NFL: Quarterback Josh McCown retired after stints with 10 teams over 16 seasons.

Jurisprudence: Dominican Republic authorities have identified the man they believe paid hit men to try to kill longtime Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz, adding that they were closing in on the mastermind and motive behind the shooting. The man was identified as Alberto Miguel Rodriguez Mota, who authorities say is a fugitive. Meanwhile, a judge ordered a suspect in the case to serve one year in preventive prison. According to documents obtained by the Associated Press, Gabriel Alexander Perez Vizcaino is accused of being the liaison between the alleged hit men and the person who paid them.

Olympics: The judge who sentenced former sports doctor Larry Nassar and a group of Olympians are backing an effort to create a commission to look into the operations of the U.S. Olympic Committee. They joined Rep. Diana DeGette (D-Colo.) in Denver to announce the planned introduction of the bipartisan bill Tuesday in the House. It mirrors one recently introduced by Sen. Cory Gardner (R-Colo.) in the Senate and would set up a panel of 16 people, half of them Olympians or Paralympians.

• The Russian anti-doping agency says it plans to open doping cases against 33 athletes from a range of sports for using banned treatments from a doctor. The agency says the suspects include 17 track and field competitors as well as five cyclists, a boxer and a gymnast.

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