Sports roundup: Rhymes, Gausman named to Collegiate Baseball All-America team … Saints customers get early Hornets seat choice … SEC has shot at college history
Top Tigers: LSU Tigers outfielder Raph Rhymes and righthander Kevin Gausman have been named to the Louisville Slugger first team All-Americans by Collegiate Baseball, the newspaper announced today. Rhymes, the nation's leading hitter, is batting .459 headed into this weekend's regional tournament in Baton Rouge. And Gausman—expected to be a top-five pick in the Major League Baseball draft Monday—was 10-1 with a 2.84 earned run average. Both players were also named semifinalists for the 2012 USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award on Tuesday.
Ticket takers: On the heels of the New Orleans Hornets' lottery luck Wednesday, the club's union with the NFL's New Orleans Saints began taking shape today in the area of ticket promotions. Saints season ticket holders are being offered a chance to select season seats for Hornets games before they are offered to the general public. The NFL club made the announcement in an email to its approximately 70,000 season ticket holders today. In April, Saints owner Tom Benson agreed to buy the Hornets for $338 million. On Wednesday night, the Hornets won the first overall pick in the NBA's draft lottery, opening the way for the club to select Kentucky star Anthony Davis in the June 28 draft.
Break out the broom: The SEC has a chance this year to win national championships in football, men's basketball and baseball all in the same school year—something that's only been done two other times in history and hasn't occurred in four decades. As ESPN reports, the Pac-12 has done it both times previously (then the Pac-10), in 1967 and 1972. To join the exclusive "sweep" club, the SEC needs one of its eight teams in the 2012 NCAA baseball tournament to win it all. Florida is the No. 1 overall seed, while LSU is No. 7 and two-time defending champion South Carolina is No. 8. If you hadn't heard, Alabama won the 2011 football national championship over LSU, and Kentucky took home the 2011-12 basketball national championship in April. Read the full story here.
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