http://www.chronicleonline.com/sports/rss.xml en Gators, Tigers set to play for national title http://www.chronicleonline.com/content/gators-tigers-set-play-national-title <img src="http://www.chronicleonline.com/sites/www.chronicleonline.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/0626_ap_b1_florida.jpg" alt="Florida’s Nelson Maldonado reacts Saturday after defeating TCU in an NCAA College World Series baseball elimination game in Omaha, Neb. The Gators face SEC rival LSU for the national title beginning Monday night." title="Florida’s Nelson Maldonado reacts Saturday after defeating TCU in an NCAA College World Series baseball elimination game in Omaha, Neb. The Gators face SEC rival LSU for the national title beginning Monday night." align="left" hspace="6" width="67" height="85" /><div id="cke_pastebin"> OMAHA, Neb. &mdash; The matchup for the College World Series finals certainly bolsters the case for those who say the best baseball in the land is played in the Southeastern Conference.</div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> Orioles break tie in ninth, top Tampa Bay http://www.chronicleonline.com/content/orioles-break-tie-ninth-top-tampa-bay <img src="http://www.chronicleonline.com/sites/www.chronicleonline.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/0626_ap_b1_rays.jpg" alt="Baltimore shortstop Paul Janish, right, looks on Sunday as third baseman Manny Machado, left, tags out Tampa Bay’s Jesus Sucre in a rundown during the sixth inning in St. Petersburg." title="Baltimore shortstop Paul Janish, right, looks on Sunday as third baseman Manny Machado, left, tags out Tampa Bay’s Jesus Sucre in a rundown during the sixth inning in St. Petersburg." align="left" hspace="6" width="123" height="85" /><div id="cke_pastebin"> ST. PETERSBURG &mdash; It had been a long road for Caleb Joseph and the Baltimore Orioles since they won a series away from Camden Yards.</div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> Joseph homered, then singled to start a three-run ninth inning Sunday that led the Orioles over the Tampa Rays 8-5.</div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> The O&rsquo;s hadn&rsquo;t won a road set since&nbsp;</div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> April 18-20 at Cincinnati.</div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> Tebow being promoted to Mets' affiliate in Florida http://www.chronicleonline.com/content/tebow-being-promoted-mets-affiliate-florida <p class="TEXT-body_copy"> COLUMBIA, S.C. &mdash; Tim Tebow is moving up and heading south &mdash; to some very familiar territory.</p> <p class="TEXT-body_copy"> Tebow has been promoted to the New York Mets&rsquo; high Class A affiliate in St. Lucie, Florida. The 29-year-old Tebow led the University of Florida to two national championships in football and won the 2007 Heisman Trophy during his stellar career with the Gators.</p> O’s avoid dubious mark http://www.chronicleonline.com/content/o%E2%80%99s-avoid-dubious-mark <img src="http://www.chronicleonline.com/sites/www.chronicleonline.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/0625_b1_bundy.jpg" alt="Baltimore Orioles starting pitcher Dylan Bundy (37) delivers to the Tampa Bay Rays on Saturday during the first inning in St. Petersburg. The Orioles had given up at least five runs in 20 straight games, matching the major league mark set by the 1924 Philadelphia Phillies. Baltimore went 6-14 over the stretch." title="Baltimore Orioles starting pitcher Dylan Bundy (37) delivers to the Tampa Bay Rays on Saturday during the first inning in St. Petersburg. The Orioles had given up at least five runs in 20 straight games, matching the major league mark set by the 1924 Philadelphia Phillies. Baltimore went 6-14 over the stretch." align="left" hspace="6" width="112" height="85" /><div id="cke_pastebin"> ST. PETERSBURG &mdash; The Baltimore Orioles&rsquo; long run of mound misery is over.</div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> Dylan Bundy helped Baltimore avoid a dubious pitching record, throwing seven solid innings as the Orioles beat the Tampa Bay Rays 8-3 Saturday.</div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> The Orioles had given up at least five runs in 20 straight games, matching the major league mark set by the 1924 Philadelphia Phillies. Baltimore went 6-14 over the stretch.</div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> Gators off to finals after blanking Frogs http://www.chronicleonline.com/content/gators-finals-after-blanking-frogs <img src="http://www.chronicleonline.com/sites/www.chronicleonline.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/0625_b1_gators.jpg" alt="Florida&#039;s Austin Langworthy (44) is greeted after scoring on an RBI single by Mike Rivera in the second inning of an NCAA College World Series elimination game against TCU on Saturday in Omaha, Neb. " title="Florida&#039;s Austin Langworthy (44) is greeted after scoring on an RBI single by Mike Rivera in the second inning of an NCAA College World Series elimination game against TCU on Saturday in Omaha, Neb. " align="left" hspace="6" width="127" height="85" /><div id="cke_pastebin"> OMAHA, Neb. &mdash; Alex Faedo pitched three-hit ball for 7 1/3 shutout innings in a second straight strong performance against TCU, and Florida moved to the College World Series finals with a 3-0 win Saturday.</div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> No. 3 national seed Florida (50-19) will play No. 4 seed LSU (52-18) in the best-of-three finals beginning Monday night. TCU (50-18) had beaten the Gators 9-2 on Friday to force the winner-take-all bracket final and the teams&rsquo; third meeting in a week.</div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> LSU beats Oregon State 3-1, ending 23-game win streak http://www.chronicleonline.com/content/lsu-beats-oregon-state-3-1-ending-23-game-win-streak <img src="http://www.chronicleonline.com/sites/www.chronicleonline.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/0624_ap_b1_gators.jpg" alt="Florida’s Nick Horvath stands holding his bat Friday night after striking out looking with the bases loaded during the fourth inning of the team’s NCAA College World Series baseball game against TCU in Omaha, Neb. The game was not over at press time." title="Florida’s Nick Horvath stands holding his bat Friday night after striking out looking with the bases loaded during the fourth inning of the team’s NCAA College World Series baseball game against TCU in Omaha, Neb. The game was not over at press time." align="left" hspace="6" width="115" height="85" /><div id="cke_pastebin"> OMAHA, Neb. &mdash; With a wave of his cap to the LSU fans, Alex Lange disappeared into the dugout after what very well could have been his last outing as a collegian.</div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> It was one of his best, and most timely.</div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> The Chicago Cubs&rsquo; first-round draft pick limited top-seeded Oregon State to two hits over 7 1/3 innings in a performance Friday that carried the Tigers to a 3-1 victory and ended the Beavers&rsquo; 23-game winning streak.</div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> Longoria, Peterson lead Rays over Orioles http://www.chronicleonline.com/content/longoria-peterson-lead-rays-over-orioles <img src="http://www.chronicleonline.com/sites/www.chronicleonline.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/0624_ap_b1_rays.jpg" alt="Tampa Bay’s Derek Norris, right, high-fives Daniel Robertson after hitting a two-run home run Friday against Baltimore during the third inning in St. Petersburg." title="Tampa Bay’s Derek Norris, right, high-fives Daniel Robertson after hitting a two-run home run Friday against Baltimore during the third inning in St. Petersburg." align="left" hspace="6" width="114" height="85" /><div id="cke_pastebin"> ST. PETERSBURG &mdash; Evan Longoria and Shane Peterson drove in four runs apiece to back the pitching of Chris Archer and lead the surging Tampa Bay Rays to a 15-5 victory over the struggling Baltimore Orioles on Friday night.</div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> Peterson and Derek Norris hit two-run homers off Ubaldo Jimenez (2-3) as Orioles pitchers allowed at least five runs for the 20th consecutive game, tying a major league record set by the 1924 Philadelphia Phillies.</div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> Magic draft players that can grow with franchise http://www.chronicleonline.com/content/magic-draft-players-can-grow-franchise <img src="http://www.chronicleonline.com/sites/www.chronicleonline.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/0624_ap_b4_nba.jpg" alt="Jonathan Isaac, right, poses with NBA Commissioner Adam Silver after being selected by the Orlando Magic as the sixth pick overall Thursday during the NBA basketball draft in New York. " title="Jonathan Isaac, right, poses with NBA Commissioner Adam Silver after being selected by the Orlando Magic as the sixth pick overall Thursday during the NBA basketball draft in New York. " align="left" hspace="6" width="124" height="85" /><p align="justify" dir="ltr"> <span lang="EN">ORLANDO &mdash; The Orlando Magic&rsquo;s recently hired president of basketball operations Jeff Weltman entered the first draft with his new team looking to add players who can grow with the rebuilding franchise.</span></p>