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Anchor Drop, May 13, 2019: Golf heads to Athens

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Also: baseball wins another series, and women’s tennis is in the Elite Eight.

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Good morning.

The Vanderbilt men’s golf team opens its bid for its first national title in program history today as the number 1 seed in the Athens Regional, held today through Wednesday at the University of Georgia Golf Course. The Commodores will tee off at 10 AM CT, and you can follow live on golfstat.com. Vanderbilt enters the tournament ranked #4 in the country on golfstat, and #5 in the GCAA poll.

Baseball had its 13-game winning streak snapped on Saturday, but the Commodores bounced back to take the series with a 7-2 win over Missouri on Sunday. Patrick Raby had another strong performance in his final home start as a Commodore. Vanderbilt is now 41-10 overall and 20-7 in the SEC; they’ll play MTSU on Tuesday in their final home game before closing the regular season at Kentucky starting on Thursday. Also, the Commodores moved up to #2 in the latest D1Baseball Top 25.

On Saturday, women’s tennis beat Texas A&M 4-0 to advance to the Elite Eight for the fifth year in a row. The Commodores will face #1 overall seed Georgia in Friday’s quarterfinal.

Off the West End

The NBA playoffs are through the conference semifinals. Portland advanced with a 100-96 win over Denver, landing in the conference finals for the first time since 2000.

And in Toronto, this happened:

In hockey, the Boston Bruins beat the Carolina Hurricanes 6-2, going up 2-0 in the Eastern Conference Finals. Tonight: Game 2 of the Western Conference Finals between San Jose and St. Louis.

Manchester City wins the Premier League.

Adam Silver expects the NBA to end the one-and-done rule in time for the 2022 draft.

Stay classy, Florida.

Sung Kang picked up his first PGA Tour win at the Byron Nelson on Sunday. I am not ready for the PGA Championship to be this week instead of in August.