Sports roundup: LSU breaks out the bats and beats Ole Miss 11-2 … Shaq reportedly in the mix for Magic's GM job … Olympic torch turns out to be a tough sell
Pressing on: The LSU Tigers baseball team shook off a disappointing loss to Mississippi State on Wednesday and pounded 17 hits today, while starting pitcher Kevin Gausman allowed two runs over seven innings, as the Tigers stayed alive in the SEC Tournament with an 11-2 victory over Ole Miss. Playing the first game of the day, top-seeded LSU (43-15) opened the games with two runs in the top of the first and never trailed. The Tigers added seven runs in the final two innings to advance to Friday's loser's bracket final. The loser of Kentucky and Mississippi State game today will face LSU at 3 p.m. Friday. The game will be televised live by CSS and broadcast on the LSU Sports Radio Network.
When he returns: Shaquille O'Neal, a former Orlando Magic stalwart who took off for Los Angeles, could make a return to Florida as the Magic's new general manager, ESPN.com reports. O'Neal will reportedly meet with the Magic next week to talk about their vacant general manager position. The Orlando Magic recently let go of general manager Otis Smith and coach Stan Van Gundy. After leaving LSU, O'Neal played the first four years of his NBA career in Orlando, where he teamed up with Penny Hardaway to reach an NBA Finals series in 1995—before bolting for Los Angeles in 1996 to join the Lakers as a free agent. O'Neal is currently in his first year as an analyst on TNT's Inside the NBA with former NBA players Charles Barkley and Kenny Smith.
In the summertime: If you think an Olympic torch used to ignite the 2012 London Games would fall into the priceless category, think again. As The New York Times reports, Olympic torchbearers in England are finding out this week just how much their once-in-a-lifetime sports souvenir is worth—and the value is probably not as high as originally thought. Sarah Milner Simonds, a 38-year-old horticultural expert from Burnham-on-Sea, Somerset, received a winning bid for her torch on eBay for £153,100 pounds, or about $242,323, on Sunday, a day before she was to carry the flame through Dunster. News of this quickly spread throughout England, as did charges that Simonds was cashing in on Olympic spirit. But Simonds, one of the 8,000 people chosen by the London Olympics organizing committee to run in the torch relay, says she has yet to receive the money from the winning bidder. "We are so disappointed," Simonds says of the failed auction, the proceeds from which she planned to fund a community garden project. "Clearly, this was a protest rather than a genuine offer—there is no 153,000 pounds." Read the full story here for more on failed torch sales.
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