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Anchor Drop, June 16, 2021: 80 Days to Kickoff

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More honors for Vanderbilt baseball players.

NCAA Football: Missouri at Vanderbilt Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

Good morning.

Optional Musical Accompaniment

We are 80 days away from Vanderbilt football’s season opener against ETSU. There is no 80 on the current roster (with the caveat, as usual, that incoming freshmen haven’t had numbers assigned yet on the official roster.) The last player to wear 80 for Vanderbilt was Jared Pinkney (pictured above), who played at VU from 2015-19.

And, more honors for Vanderbilt baseball players, this time from the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association: Enrique Bradfield Jr. was named a Freshman All-American, while pitchers Kumar Rocker and Jack Leiter are District 3 Co-Players of the Year. And for women’s tennis, Vanderbilt senior Christina Rosca won the Arthur Ashe Leadership and Sportsmanship Award.

In spite of the seeding, Vanderbilt is the favorite to win the College World Series according to DraftKings. Texas and Tennessee are the next two in line, close behind Vanderbilt, and I have to think the Commodores having a somewhat easier path to the final is playing a role here.

Scoreboard

MLB: Mets 3, Cubs 2 ... Nationals 8, Pirates 1 ... Yankees 6, Blue Jays 5 ... Cleveland 7, Orioles 2 ... Red Sox 10, Braves 8 ... Reds 2, Brewers 1 ... Tigers 4, Royals 3 ... White Sox 3, Rays 0 ... Astros 6, Rangers 3 ... Cardinals 2, Marlins 1 ... Rockies 8, Padres 4 ... A’s 6, Angels 4 ... Giants 9, Diamondbacks 8 ... Mariners 10, Twins 0 ... Dodgers 5, Phillies 3.

NBA: Nets 114, Bucks 108.

NHL: Lightning 4, Islanders 2.

Euro 2020: Hungary 0-3 Portugal ... France 1-0 Germany.

World Cup Qualifiers: India 1-1 Afghanistan ... Philippines 1-1 Maldives ... Australia 1-0 Jordan ... Iran 1-0 Iraq ... Bahrain 4-0 Hong Kong ... UAE 3-2 Vietnam ... Thailand 0-1 Malaysia ... Bangladesh 0-3 Oman ... Saudi Arabia 3-0 Uzbekistan ... Palestine 3-0 Yemen ... China 3-1 Syria ... Chinese Taipei 1-2 Kuwait ... Curacao 0-0 Panama ... Canada 3-0 Haiti ... El Salvador 2-0 St. Kitts and Nevis.

Sports on TV

All times Central.

  • 8:00 AM: Euro 2020: Finland v. Russia (ESPN)
  • 11:00 AM: Euro 2020: Turkey v. Wales (ESPN)
  • 2:00 PM: Euro 2020: Italy v. Switzerland (ESPN)
  • 2:37 PM: MLB: Angels at A’s (MLB.tv free game)
  • 6:00 PM: MLB: Red Sox at Braves (ESPN)
  • 6:10 PM: MLB: Cubs at Mets (ESPN+)
  • 6:30 PM: NBA: Hawks at 76ers (TNT)
  • 8:00 PM: NHL: Canadiens at Golden Knights (NBC Sports)
  • 9:00 PM: NBA: Clippers at Jazz (TNT)
  • 1:20 AM: FIBA: Indonesia v. Korea (ESPN+)
  • 4:50 AM: FIBA: Czech Republic v. Russia (ESPN+)
  • 4:50 AM: FIBA: China v. Chinese Taipei (ESPN+)
  • 4:50 AM: FIBA: Slovakia v. Sweden (ESPN+)