Major League Baseball pitcher Kerry Wood has announced his retirement. The Chicago Cubs drafted Wood in 1995. He began his career with the Dayton Cubs and with the Iowa Cubs of the Triple A League. He made his Major League debut with the Chicago Cubs. In his fifth start with the Cubs, he tossed a one-hit, no walk, 20-strikeout shut-out against the Houston Astros. He currently holds the record for being the fastest to reach 1000 strikeouts in MLB history. This was accomplished in 134 appearances and 853 innings pitched. Kerry’s career strikeout count is 1,582 and he had an 86-75 record.
In MLB action, the Toronto Blue Jays took two of three games from the New York Mets in interleague action. The score in the final game was 6-5 for the Mets.
In NCAA Baseball, the No. 2 Florida Gators took two of three games from the Auburn Tigers to close out the regular season. The Gators, who are 40-16 overall and 18-12 in conference play, will face the Tigers in the SEC Tournament.
At the Men’s World Hockey Championships, Team Russia won the gold medal, 6-2, as they beat Slovakia in the final. In the bronze medal game, the Czech Republic beat Finland 3-2 in a close game.
In the Arena Football League, the Philadelphia Soul lost 65-47 to the Spokane Shock. The Soul’s record is 7-3 and they are leading the East Division.
Other scores from Week 11 were: the New Orleans Voodoo got past the Orlando Predators 68-61, the Kansas City Command beat the Pittsburgh Power 43-37, the Cleveland Gladiators beat the Tampa Bay Storm 53-34 and the Jacksonville Sharks hammered the Iowa Barnstormers 55-19.
In NASCAR, Jimmie Johnson won the Sprint All-Star race; he finished ahead of Brad Keselowski who came in second place. Bobby Labonte started the race eighth and finished the race in 12th.The next race is the Coca-Cola 600.
That’s all folks!