Names and Faces: A “Jeopardy!” champ and the collegiate athlete of the year

Published 5:26 pm PDT, Tuesday, June 25, 2019

James Holzhauer

The “Jeopardy!” champion and professional sports gambler didn’t have as much success in his first appearance at two World Series of Poker events in Las Vegas. Tournament spokesman Seth Palansky said Tuesday that Holzhauer and Poker Hall of Famer Mike Sexton played about five hours Monday before finishing out of the money in a tag-team tournament. That was Holzhauer’s second event of the day. Earlier, the 32-time “Jeopardy!” winner finished short of the prize pool in 454th place among some1,800 entrants in a No-Limit Hold’em tournament. Holzhauer had planned to donate half of any winnings to a Las Vegas nonprofit for homeless high school students. He won more than $2.4 million on the TV game show and has made several donations to charities in recent weeks.

Rachel Garcia

The UCLA softball player has earned the Collegiate Woman Athlete of the Year award. Garcia was presented with the Honda Cup on Monday night in a ceremony at Galen Center on the USC campus. The other finalists were basketball player Megan Gustafson of Iowa and swimmer Lilly King of Indiana. Garcia, a junior pitcher from Palmdale (Los Angeles County), was selected most outstanding player of the Women’s College World Series after leading the Bruins to their 13th national championship. Garcia has won consecutive USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year honors. This season, she was 29-1 with a 1.14 ERA. Garcia went 9-0 in the NCAA Tournament and led the field with 16 RBIs. Stanford swimmers won the award the previous two years (Katie Ledecky in 2017 and Simone Manuel last year).

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