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No-hitters by Twins’ Liriano and Tigers’ Verlander earn American League co-Players of the Week honors

 

Francisco Liriano (file photo)

Starting pitchers Francisco Liriano of the Minnesota Twins and Justin Verlander of the Detroit Tigers, the first pair to toss no-hitters within a five-day span of one another since Al Leiter of the Florida Marlins and Dwight Gooden of the New York Yankees in May 1996 (courtesy of the Elias Sports Bureau), have been named Co-Players of the Week for the period ending May 8th.

The co-winners will each be awarded a watch courtesy of Game Time, the leader in licensed sports watches, available at MLB.com.

On Tuesday, May 3, Liriano became the first opposing pitcher to throw a no-hitter at U.S. Cellular Field as he led the Twins to a 1-0 win over the Chicago White Sox. That became the seventh no-hitter in franchise history (including one that came when the team was known as the Washington Senators) and the first no-hitter for a Twins pitcher since Eric Milton no-hit the Angels at the Metrodome on September 11, 1999. The ChiSox were no-hitted for the 13th time in franchise history, the first since Kansas City’s Bret Saberhagen on August 26, 1991, and the first at home since Jack Morris of the Detroit Tigers accomplished the feat on April 7, 1984 at old Comiskey Park. The 2006 A.L. All-Star struck out two and walked six in the 123-pitch outing, becoming the fifth pitcher in the last 30 years to issue more walks than strikeouts in a no-hit performance.

According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the 27-year-old Liriano is the fifth Dominican Republic-born pitcher to throw a no-hitter, joining Juan Marichal (1963), Ramon Martinez (1995), Jose Jimenez (1999) and Ubaldo Jimenez (2010). Liriano’s no-hitter was the first complete game and the first shutout of his pro career.

Justin Verlander (file photo)

On Saturday, May 7, Verlander became the 27th player in modern MLB history and the second Tigers pitcher to throw two career no-hitters (also Virgil Trucks, both in 1952) when he blanked the Toronto Blue Jays, 9-0, at the Rogers Centre. It was the seventh no-hitter in the team’s decorated history and the first since Verlander, the 2006 A.L. Rookie of the Year, held the Milwaukee Brewers hitless at Comerica Park on June 12, 2007. The Virginia native almost reached perfection in the 108-pitch outing, issuing one walk in the eighth inning while striking out four. The 28-year-old’s no-hit performance marked the first on the road for Detroit since Morris’ no-hitter at Comiskey Park in 1984. Toronto was no-hit for the fourth time in franchise history, the last coming when Hall of Famer Nolan Ryan of the Texas Rangers pitched the seventh and final no-hitter of his career on May 1, 1991.

 

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Dayton wins thrilling double-overtime game against New Mexico Lobos

MEGASPORTSNEWS.COM GAME COVERAGE


Chris Wright drives past New Mexico (photo by ism media courtesy of Dayton athletics)

The Dayton men’s basketball team opened 2011 with non-conference play with a thrilling double-overtime 76-73 win over New Mexico at UD Arena.

Four Flyers accounted for 64 of Dayton’s 76 total points as each scored over 15, led by senior forward Chris Wright with his sixth double-double of the season on 17 points and 14 rebounds, one shy of his career-high rebound mark.

Paul Williams, Josh Parker and Chris Johnson each drained four 3-point field goals. Williams and Parker finished with 16 points and Johnson chipped in with 15. It is the first time this season that UD has had four players with 15 points or more.

The Flyers shot 45 percent (13-29) from the three-point line to New Mexico’s 4-of-16 shooting from long range. Dayton out-rebounded the 18-7 on the offensive rebounds.

Dayton improves to 12-3 and extended its winning streak to five games. The Lobos fall to 11-3.

New Mexico guard Dairese Gary led all scorers with 19 points on 6-of-10 shooting.

The game marked the sixth time that Dayton has come back to win after trailing at the half and the third win after trailing by at least 12 this season. New Mexico led 38-32 at the break with a 46 shooting percentage and making 13-of-16 free throw attempts. Of the Flyers 32 first-half points, 21 came from 3-point range.

Dayton opened the second half with a 12-4 run, topped off by a put-back slam dunk from Wright to tie the game at 44-all. Sophomore Matt Kavanaugh gave the home team their first lead of the game at 47-46 with 11 minutes remaining after completing an old-fashioned 3-point play.

New Mexico used a 6-0 run to force the second overtime of the season for Dayton.

The two teams tied at 71 at the end of the first overtime.

Dayton took control in the second overtime. Paul Williams’ 3-pointer proved to be the only field goal from either team of the period. As UD outscored New Mexico 5-2 for the second overtime win of the season.

NEW MEXICO LOBOS GAME NOTES

* Steve Alford, the former Indiana point guard, is the head coach at New Mexico. He is 87-29 in his 4th year.

* The Lobos are 11-3 overall, 7-0 at home and 3-2 on the road.

* The series with Dayton is tied 2-2.

* The Lobos are 13-10 vs. Atlantic 10 Conference teams. Dayton is a member of the A-10.

* Kendall Williams is one of the top freshman players in the country with 12.1 ppg, 3.0 rpg and 4.6 apg.

* New Mexico has not lost a home game in December since December 22, 2004 vs. #5 Wake Forest, 64-61. Alford is 16-0. Overall, its 20 straight home games in a row.

* Dairese Gary is 4th on the Mountain West Conference assists list with 448, trailing Richie Williams of San Diego State University who played from 2005-2009.

* Dairese Gary has started 109 straight games for New Mexico.

* Steve Alford record of 87-29 .757 winning percentage and 2 conference titles is better than that of past Lobos coaches: Norm Ellenberger, Gary Colson and Dave Bliss in four years on the job.

* The Lobos 27-16 63% on the road under Steve Alford. They were 10-2 in 2009-10. In the Mountain West Conference is 16-8 with a winning percentage of 67 %.

* The Lobos are predicted to finish 3rd in the Mountain West behind San Diego State and BYU.

* The Lobos are in their 108th season, having been established on February 2, 1900. Actually, it’s the 111th season, but they had no teams in 1900-01, 1903-04, 1917-18 and 1920-21. But they’ve been playing regularly since 1921-22 with 1,350-1,025 with a winning percentage of .568, has 29 postseason bids, 11 NCAA 11 NIT.

* In 2009-2010, the Lobos were 30-5, 14-2 in the MWC. They played in the NCAA, beating Montana and losing to Washington.

* The University of New Mexico is located in Albuquerque.

* Steve Alford has signed a deal that will keep him at New Mexico until 2020.

* Dairese Gary is the only senior.

* the Lobos only lost two players after last season, Darlington Hobson and Roman Martinez.

* Steve Alford in 3 years in the Mountain West Conference, has finished 3rd, 1st place tie and 1st.

* Coach Alford’s seven figure salary is rare at a Mountain West Conference school. But ticket sales and donations have gone up from $5.4 million to $7.1 million since he took over the basketball team.

* Coach Alford is just five wins away from 400 in his career.

DAYTON FLYERS GAME NOTES

* The Flyers rank 24th in the NCAA in rebounding and lead the Atlantic 10 Conference with 41.0 rebounds per game.

* Chris Wright is the most widely-recognized Flyers player. He has been named to the preseason watch lists for the 2010-11 Naismith Trophy, 2011 Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award and John Wooden Award. Wright leads Dayton in scoring (13.5 ppg) and rebounding (8.6 rpg).

* Chris Wright was a member of this past summer’s USA Basketball Select Team, Chris Wright has 1,333 career points and has passed Chip Hare for 23rd place on UD’s all-time scoring list. He is also second all-time in blocks with 126 and 15th in rebounding.

* Head coach Brian Gregory is 36-20 in the month of January since he became the head coach at Dayton.

* Dayton is picked to finish 4th in this season’s Atlantic 10 Conference race behind  Temple, Xavier and Richmond.

* Head coach Brian Gregory, believe it or not has moved into third place on the Flyers all-time coaching wins list with 163 wins. He trails UD Hall of Famers Don Donoher (437) and Tom Blackburn (352).

* The Flyers are tough at home, especially over the past four years on Tom Blackburn Court at UD Arena at 72-8. The 72 wins are the fifth-most in the NCAA since the 2006-07 season. Ahead of Dayton are Kansas (81), Ohio State (78), Pittsburgh (77) and Syracuse (75) and Florida is tied with Dayton.

POST GAME PRESS CONFERENCE FROM DAYTON FLYERS LOCKER ROOM (To listen to an audio file click on the link)

46 264 Chris Wright Dayton Flyers (V-Teck)

46 270 Josh Parker Dayton Flyers (V-Teck)

46 278 Josh Benson Dayton Flyers (V-Teck)

NCAA TOURNAMENT: East Regional, First Round, Washington, Kentucky, Wake Forest and New Mexico advance

compiled from staff and wire reports

NEW MEXICO 62  MONTANA 57

Ramon Martinez New Mexico (UNM)

New Mexico holds off Montana in Syacuse, New York. Ramon Martinez scored 12 points in the first half to keep the Lobos in the contest. The Lobos trailed 29-28 at the half. Martinez finished with 19 points and Dairese Gary added 15 points. The Lobos are 30-4, Montana ends the season at 22-10.

WAKE FOREST DEFEATS TEXAS, 81-80

Ishmael Smith canned a 17-foot jumper with 1.3 seconds left in overtime as the 8th-seed
Demon Deacons the 9th-seeded Longhorns. Wake Forest is 20-10 while Texas finishes up at 24-10. The game took place at New Orleans.

Ishmael Smith of Wake Forest (WFU)

WASHINGTON 80  MARQUETTE 78

Quincy Poindexter drove for a tie-breaking bank shot with 1.7 seconds left, and 11th-seeded Washington (25-9) extended its unbelievable late-season run of dramatic finishes with a win in San Jose, California.

Poindexter scored 18 points and Isaiah Thomas 19 as the Huskies won their eighth straight game, rallying from a 15-point deficit with 13:30 left in the second half.

Washington improves to 25-9, while Marquette ends up at 23-11.

Quincy Poindexter Washington (UW)

Eric Bledsoe Kentucky (UK)

KENTUCKY IN A ROUT, 100-71 OVER EAST TENNESSEE STATE

Kentucky rolled up a 30 point first half lead and costed to the win. Eric Bledsoe’s eight 3-point baskets set a Wildcats record for NCAA Tournament game. Kentucky moves to 33-2 while East Tennessee State drops to 20-15.

Bledsoe finished with 29 points, made his first eight 3-point goal attempts to finish 8 of 9 for the game.