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6-18-22 roundup: Pro basketball, baseball and soccer, Legion baseball, College baseball

By Richard Walker

Upon further review, the Charlotte Hornets do not have a new head coach.

ESPN reported Saturday that Kenny Atkinson informed the franchise he won’t become the Hornets new head coach and will remain with the NBA champion Golden State Warriors as the top assistant.

Atkinson had reportedly agreed to a four-year contract with the franchise a week ago but never signed anything official. ESPN reported that sources said “further conversations with the Hornets’ organization led Atkinson to believe that both professionally and personally it would be best to remain with the Warriors.”

Atkinson had moved three times in the previous three years; Fired as Brooklyn Nets head coach in the 2019-20 season, he was a Los Angeles Clippers assistant in the 2020-21 season and an assistant with the Warriors this season.

Atkinson was reportedly among three head coaching finalists to become the Hornets coach but was the only candidate that met personally with team owner Michael Jordan – on June 8 at Boston – before agreeing in principle to that four-year deal.

Longtime NBA head coaches Mike D’Antoni and Terry Stotts also were finalists and each could re-emerge as general manager Mitch Kupchak will have to again look for a replacement to replace James Borrego. Former Utah coach Quin Snyder, who resigned his position earlier this month, also is considered a candidate by some league observers.

Charlotte has missed the playoffs in six straight seasons, the longest stretch in team history and the second-longest active streak in the NBA behind the Sacramento Kings (16 years).

Charlotte went 43-39 to finish in 10th place in the Eastern Conference this past season before losing 132-103 at the Atlanta Hawks.

Here’s the list of previous Charlotte Hornets head coaches, which include Silas being hired twice:

Dick Harter (1988-90) 28-94 record
Gene Littles (1990-91) 37-87
Allan Bristow (1991-96) 207-203 (5-8 playoff record)
Dave Cowens (1996-99) 109-70 (4-8)
Paul Silas (1998-2002) 161-120 (11-12)
Bernie Bickerstaff (2004-07) 77-169
Sam Vincent (2007-08) 32-50
Larry Brown (2008-10) 88-104 (0-4)
Paul Silas (2010-12) 32-88
Mike Dunlap (2012-13) 21-61
Steve Clifford (2013-18) 196-214 (3-8)
James Borrego (2018-22) 140-163

Meanwhile, the Charlotte Hornets continued their pre-NBA draft workouts on Saturday with the following prospects:

Keve Aluma (Virginia Tech)
Jamaree Bouyea (San Francisco)
Yoan Makoundou (Cholet Basket/France)
Wendell Moore (Duke)
Scotty Pippen Jr. (Vanderbilt)
Jaden Shackelford (Alabama)

The Hornets have the 13th, 15th and 42nd picks in Thursday’s NBA Draft.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Junior Legion baseball

Area IV East Division standings (through Friday):

Matthews 7-1
Burns 7-1
Dallas 6-3
Shelby 3-3
Belmont 3-5
Cherryville 2-4
Stuart Cramer 2-7
Gaston Christian 1-7

 

 

 

 

Pro baseball

The Lexington, Ky., Legends scratched across one run in the bottom of the ninth and 10th innings on Saturday to knock off the Gastonia Honey Hunters 3-2.

The full Gastonia Honey Hunters’ 2022 schedule (Games times 6:15 p.m. Monday through Saturday, 4:15 on Sunday):

April (8-1)
21 Lancaster, Pa. (L 2-5)
22 Lancaster, Pa. (W 4-3)
23 Lancaster, Pa. (W 8-1)
24 Lancaster, Pa. (W 13-4)
26 Wild Health, Ky. (W 12-1)
27 Wild Health, Ky. (W 17-4)
28 Wild Health, Ky. (W 6-4)
29 Staten Island (W 5-4)
30 Staten Island (W 6-5)

May (16-10)
1 Staten Island (W 10-5)
3 at York, Pa. (W 3-1)
4 at York, Pa. (L 4-5 in 10)
5 at York, Pa. (W 12-7)
6 at Staten Island (ppd.)
7 at Staten Island (ppd.)
8 at Staten Island (W 4-1)
8 at Staten Island (W 7-2)
10 at So. Maryland (W 2-0)
11 at So. Maryland (L 0-4)
12 at So. Maryland (L 2-4)
13 at Staten Island (ppd.)
14 at Staten Island (ppd.)
15 at Staten Island (L 1-2)
15 at Staten Island (W 1-0)
16 at Staten Island (W 8-3)
17 So. Maryland (L 4-5)
18 So. Maryland (L 6-8)
19 So. Maryland (W 13-1)
20 Charleston, W.Va.(W 12-10)
21 Charleston, W.Va.(W 6-4)
22 Charleston, W.Va.(L 1-8)
24 at Lancaster, Pa.(W 2-1)
25 at Lancaster, Pa.(L 3-13)
26 at Lancaster, Pa.(L 1-4)
27 at Long Island (W 5-3)
28 at Long Island (W 10-3)
29 at Long Island (W 3-2)
30 at Long Island (W 5-2)
31 Long Island (L 7-8)

June (11-5)
1 Long Island (L 9-10 in 11)
2 Long Island (L 0-5)
3 at High Point (W 5-4)
4 at High Point (W 8-3)
5 at High Point (W 8-3)
7 at Charleston,W.Va.(L 5-7)
8 at Charleston,W.Va.(W 6-0)
9 at Charleston,W.Va.(W 3-2)
10 High Point (W 7-6)
11 High Point (W 6-4)
12 High Point (W 9-5)
14 Charleston, W.Va. (L 4-6)
15 Charleston, W.Va. (W 14-7)
16 Charleston, W.Va. (W 2-0)
17 at Lexington, Ky. (W 6-1)
18 at Lexington, Ky. (L 2-3 in 10)
19 at Lexington, Ky.
21 Charleston, W.Va.
22 Charleston, W.Va.
23 Charleston, W.Va.
24 at So. Maryland
25 at So. Maryland
26 at So. Maryland
28 Wild Health, Ky.
29 Wild Health, Ky.
30 Wild Health, Ky.

July
1 at Lexington, Ky.
2 at Lexington, Ky.
3 at Lexington, Ky.
4 High Point
–end of 1st half of season
5 High Point
6 at High Point
7 at High Point
8 High Point
9 High Point
10 High Point
12 at Wild Health, Ky.
13 at Wild Health, Ky.
14 at Wild Health, Ky.
15 Lexington, Ky.
16 Lexington, Ky.
17 Lexington, Ky.
19 at York, Pa.
20 at York, Pa.
21 at York, Pa.
22 at High Point
23 at High Point
24 at High Point-
26 Lexington, Ky.
27 Lexington, Ky.
28 Lexington, Ky.
29 York, Pa.
30 York, Pa.
31 York, Pa.

August
2 at Lexington, Ky.
3 at Lexington, Ky.
4 at Lexington, Ky.
5 High Point
6 High Point
7 High Point
9 Staten Island
10 Staten Island
11 Staten Island
12 at High Point
13 at High Point
14 at High Point
16 So. Maryland
17 So. Maryland
18 So. Maryland
19 High Point
20 High Point
21 High Point
23 at Charleston,W.Va.
24 at Charleston,W.Va.
25 at Charleston,W.Va.
26 at High Point
27 at High Point
28 at High Point
30 High Point
31 High Point

September
1 High Point
2 Wild Health, Ky.
3 Wild Health, Ky.
4 Wild Health, Ky.
6 at Wild Health, Ky.
7 at Wild Health, Ky.
8 at Wild Health, Ky.
9 Lexington, Ky.
10 Lexington, Ky.
11 Lexington, Ky.
13 at High Point
14 at High Point
15 at High Point
16 at Charleston,W.Va.
17 at Charleston,W.Va.
18 at Charleston,W.Va.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pro soccer

After falling behind 1-0, Charlotte FC forged a 1-all road tie at the Columbus Crew.

Charlotte FC’s record on the season is now 6-8-2.

Here’s the full Charlotte FC MLS schedule for the 2022 season (with results):

(6-8-2 record)
Feb. 26 at D.C. (L 0-3)
March 5, L.A. (L 0-1)
March 13, at Atlanta (L 1-2)
March 19, New England (W 3-1)
March 26, Cincinnati (W 2-0)
April 2, at Philadelphia (L 0-2)
April 10, Atlanta (W 1-0)
April 16, at New England (L 1-2)
April 23, at Colorado (T 0-0)
April 30, at Orlando (L 1-2)
May 7, Miami (W 1-0)
May 14, Montreal (L 0-2)
May 22, Vancouver (W 2-1)
May 29, at Seattle (L 1-2)
June 11, New York (W 2-0)
June 18, at Columbus (T 1-1)
June 25, at Montreal, 7:30 p.m.
June 30, Austin, 7 p.m.
July 3, at Houston, 8:30 p.m.
July 9, Nashville, 7 p.m.
July 16, at Miami, 8 p.m.
July 23, at Toronto, 7:30 p.m.
July 30, Columbus, 7 p.m.
August 3, D.C., 7 p.m.
August 6, Chicago, 7 p.m.
August 13, at LAFC, 10:30 p.m.
August 17, at New York City, TBD
August 21, Orlando, 7 p.m.
August 27, Toronto, 7 p.m.
September 3, at Cincinnati, 7:30 p.m.
September 10, New York City, 7 p.m.
September 17, at Chicago, 8 p.m.
October 1, Philadelphia, 7 p.m.
October 9, at New York, TBD

 

 

 

Auto racing

The 2022 NASCAR cup schedule (with winners):

Feb. 6 Busch Light Clash (Joey Logano)
Feb. 17 Bluegreen Vacations Duel 1 (Brad Keselowski)
Feb. 17 Bluegreen Vacations Duel 2 (Chris Buescher)
Feb. 20 Daytona 500 (Austin Cindric)
Feb. 27 Wise Power 400 (Kyle Larson)
Mar. 6 Pennzoil 400 (Alex Bowman)
Mar. 13 Ruoff Mortgage (Chase Briscoe)
Mar. 20 Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 (William Byron)
Mar. 27 EchoPark Automotive Grand Prix (Ross Chastain)
Apr. 3 Toyota Owners (Denny Hamlin)
Apr. 9 Blue-Emu Maximum Pain Relief 400 (William Byron-2)
Apr. 17 Food City Dirt Race (Kyle Busch)
Apr. 24 Geico 500 (Ross Chastain-2)
May 2 DuraMAX Drydene 400 (Chase Elliott)
May 8 Goodyear 400 (Joey Logano)
May 15 AdventHealth 400 (Kurt Busch)
May 22 NASCAR All-Star Open (Daniel Suarez)
May 22 NASCAR All-Star (Ryan Blaney)
May 29 Coca-Cola 600 (Denny Hamlin-2)
June 5 Enjoy Illinois 300 (Joey Logano-2)
June 12 Toyota/Save Mart 350 (Daniel Suarez)
June 26 Ally 400
July 3 Kwik Trip 250
July 10 Quaker State 400
July 17 Ambetter 301
July 24 NASCAR Cup Series at Pocono
July 31 Verizon 200 at the Brickyard
Aug. 7 FireKeepers Casino 400
Aug. 14 Federated Auto Parts 400
Aug. 21 Go Bowling at The Glen
Aug. 27 Coke Zero Sugar 400
Sept. 4 Cook Out Southern 500
Sept. 11 Hollywood Casino 400
Sept. 17 Bass Pro Shops Night Race
Sept. 24 AutoTrader EchoPark Automotive 500
Oct. 2 YellaWood 500
Oct. 9 Bank of America ROVAL 400
Oct. 16 South Point 400
Oct. 23 Dixie Vodka 400
Oct. 30 Xfinity 500
Nov. 6 NASCAR Cup Series Championship

 

 

 

College baseball

College World Series at Charles Schwab Field in Omaha, Neb. (June 17-27)

June 17
Game 1: Oklahoma 13, Texas A&M 8
Game 2: Notre Dame 7, Texas 3

June 18
Game 3: Arkansas 17, Stanford 3
Game 4: Mississippi 5, Auburn 1

June 19
Game 5: Texas A&M vs. Texas (elimination game), 2 p.m. on ESPN
Game 6: Oklahoma vs. Notre Dame, 7 p.m. on ESPN2

June 20
Game 7: Stanford vs. Auburn (elimination game), 2 p.m. on ESPN
Game 8: Arkansas vs. Mississippi, 7 p.m. on ESPN

June 21
Game 9: Game 5 winner vs. Game 6 loser (elimination game), TV and time TBD
Game 10: Game 7 winner vs. Game 8 loser (elimination game), TV and time TBD

June 22
Game 11: Game 6 winner vs. Game 9 winner, TV and time TBD
Game 12: Game 8 winner vs. Game 10 winner, TV and time TBD

June 23
Game 13 (if necessary): Game 11 winner vs. Game 11 loser (if first loss), TV and time TBD
Game 14 (if necessary): Game 12 winner vs. Game 12 loser (if first loss), TV and time TBD

College World Series Finals
(Best-of-three series)
Game 1 (June 25) 7 p.m. on ESPN
Game 2 (June 26) 7 p.m. on ESPN
Game 3 (June 27 if necessary) 7 p.m. on ESPN