Game 1 of the College World Series finals between Arkansas and Oregon State was postponed until Tuesday night because of rain in Omaha — just the latest in a line of delays caused by the weather this year.
“In my 16 years of being involved with this championship, this has been the most challenging College World Series as it relates to inclement weather,” NCAA director of championships and alliances Randy Buhr said.
Rain fell most of the day Monday, and officials announced late in the afternoon that the game would be delayed. The decision to postpone came 90 minutes after the scheduled first pitch.
Arkansas (47-19) will start Blaine Knight (13-0) against Luke Heimlich (16-2) of Oregon State (53-11-1) at 6 p.m. Tuesday.
Game 2 of the finals is set for Wednesday and, if necessary, Game 3 would be Thursday.
The Detroit Red Wings agreed to terms with forwards Tyler Bertuzzi and Martin Frk on Monday. Detroit re-signed Bertuzzi with a $2.8 million, two-year deal and Frk with a $1.05 million, one-year contract.
The 23-year-old Bertuzzi had 24 points in 48 games last season in Detroit. He is a nephew of former NHL player Todd Bertuzzi. The 24-year-old Frk had 25 points in 68 games.
… Victor Antipin won’t be back in Buffalo after General Manager Jason Botterill says the Sabres won’t issue the Russian-born defenseman a qualifying offer. He had 10 assists in 47 games last season. … The Sharks declined to issue a qualifying offer to defenseman Dylan DeMelo, making him an unrestricted free agent.
U.S. finalizes exhibitions
The U.S. men’s soccer team has finalized exhibitions against Brazil, England and Italy.
The U.S. will play Brazil on Sept. 7 at East Rutherford, New Jersey, four days before a previously announced match against Mexico at Nashville, Tenn.
The Americans will play England at London’s Wembley Stadium on Nov. 15 and face Italy five days later at a site to be determined. The U.S. Soccer Federation also said Monday the team will play two home matches in October.
Softball: Texas hired Oregon coach Mike White to lead a program that has been a steady presence in the postseason without becoming a powerhouse. White went 435-111-1 at Oregon with five Pac-12 titles the past six years and led the Ducks to five world series in the past nine years.
Tennis: Rafael Nadal is back at No. 1 in the ATP rankings, retaking the top spot from Roger Federer after just one week.