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With the seasons coming to a conclusion, two teams stand at the top of the college baseball and softball worlds, far, far above their rivals.

In baseball, Tennessee is the favorite to win the College World Series after a 53-7 season. In softball, it’s Oklahoma, at a scarcely believable 54-2.

Tennessee has put up its impressive record and gained the No. 1 ranking while playing in the tough Southeastern Conference, which has nine teams in the tournament, including three other top 16 seeds. Tennessee ended that tough slate with a 25-5 conference record, then won four straight to take the SEC tournament.

Drew Gilbert hit .385 this season, and Trey Lipscomb had a slugging percentage of .737 with 21 homers. But Tennessee’s entire lineup can hurt you. Eight players reached double-digit homers this season despite only 150 to 200 at-bats for most of them. The team’s slugging percentage was .604, best in Division I, and it ranked fourth in on-base average.

But as great as the hitters are, the main problem for opponents is that Tennessee is extremely difficult to hit against. The five main starters posted E.R.A.s from 1.67 to 2.61 and allowed batting averages from .159 to .213. The staff led Division I with a 2.35 E.R.A., and no other team was below 3.00.

Three players are expected to go in the first round of Major League Baseball’s 2022 draft: Gilbert; Jordan Beck, another outfielder; and pitcher Blade Tidwell, despite his missing much of the season with an injury.

But despite the Volunteers’ dominance this season, they cannot be considered a sure thing. The College World Series is notoriously difficult to win. While the double-elimination preliminaries tend not to be that difficult for the top seeds, the best-of-three “super regional” that follows is generally against a tough opponent. And the actual eight-team World Series normally requires wins over several top-five or top-10 teams to win the title.

As a result, top seeds have regularly fallen over the years. Indeed, Miami in 1999 was the last No. 1 to win. In the 20 tournaments since then, three No. 2s and three No. 3s have won, but top eight seeds have won just nine times, compared with 11 teams not in the top eight.

And Tennessee is hardly a traditionally dominant college baseball power. Although the Volunteers made the College World Series last season, finishing tied for seventh, they had a losing record in the SEC every season from 2006 to 2019. Their best finish in the World Series was runner-up in 1951.

So though they are favored by oddsmakers, they are not an extremely short price. They currently stand at only 5-2 (next best are No. 3 Oregon State at 9-1 and No. 2 Stanford and No. 4 Virginia Tech at 12-1).

To buck that history, Tennessee will first have to win a group that includes Georgia Tech, Campbell and Alabama State, starting Friday at home, then beat potentially No. 16 Georgia Southern next week to make the World Series in Omaha starting June 17. Then it is likely to face a gantlet of strong teams that could include most or all of the other favorites.

College softball also has a dominant team this season. If anything, it is clobbering its rivals by even more.

Oklahoma has put up a staggering 54-2 record, including a 17-1 Big 12 regular season and five straight wins in the N.C.A.A. tournament, to qualify for the eight-team World Series in Oklahoma City starting Thursday.


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Its two losses came against Texas in the regular season and Oklahoma State in the SEC tournament by the scores of 4-2 and 4-3. In contrast, its wins include plenty of scores like 21-0, 19-0 and 15-1. Those margins would undoubtedly be far greater without softball’s mercy rule, which stops a game after five innings if one team is up by at least eight runs.

Daunting for possible opponents is that in all likelihood they will need to beat the Sooners twice to eliminate them. In the earlier rounds, Texas A&M managed a close loss, 3-2, to Oklahoma. The rematch finished, 20-0.

Oklahoma is led by Jocelyn Alo, the back-to-back college player of the year, who has hit more career home runs than any other player in Division I history. She has 29 homers this year and is hitting .497 (both second in the nation) and slugging 1.163. She is not the only threat: Tiare Jennings has 24 homers and Grace Lyons 21. The team hit .369, best in the nation.

And good luck getting runs against them. Hope Trautwein is 18-1 with a national-best 0.40 E.R.A. How does one post such an impressive number? In short, just throw 104⅓ innings while giving up only six runs.

Jordy Bahl, the national freshman of the year, is 21-1 with a 0.95 E.R.A. Think the third starter will give you a chance for a win? Nicole May is 15-0, with a 0.99 E.R.A.

And history is much kinder to top seeds in the Women’s College World Series. The No. 1 won in four of the last 10 years, including last season’s No. 1: Who else but Oklahoma?

But in that World Series, Oklahoma lost its opener to unseeded James Madison, 4-3, in eight innings: a ray of hope for those having nightmares about Trautwein fastballs and Alo bombs.


By: Victor Mather
Title: Two Teams Loom Large Over the College World Series
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Published Date: Wed, 01 Jun 2022 16:28:03 +0000

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Taylor Swift’s rep responds to reports the singer has the worst private jet carbon emissions



A spokesperson for Taylor Swift has responded to a report that named the singer as the celebrity with the worst private jet CO2 emissions. 

Yesterday, a report released by Yard claimed the American singer was the biggest CO2 polluter of the year so far, having flown in her private jet 170 times since January and totalling 8,294.54 tonnes of CO2.

However, Swift’s spokesperson told Buzzfeed News the statistics are inaccurate.

For context, the report claims the average person produces just seven tonnes of carbon emissions per year.

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Swift’s representative said only some of the 170 flights can be attributed to the singer: “Taylor’s jet is loaned out regularly to other individuals. To attribute most or all of these trips to her is blatantly incorrect.”

Regardless, it is clear Swift’s jet is racking up significant amounts of carbon emissions due to its inefficient use.

According to the Yard report, her average flight time is just 80 minutes, and her jet’s shortest recorded flight flew between Missouri and Nashville for just 36 minutes.

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Other significant celebrity polluters include boxer and domestic violence perpetrator Floyd Mayweather, whose shortest flight was just 10 minutes long but emitted one ton of carbon; Kim Kardashian, who has emitted 609 times more carbon than the average person; and director Steven Spielberg, who took an 18-minute flight between Rotterdam and Amsterdam – a route which, when taken by train, takes only an hour. 

The subject of celebrity carbon emissions has blown up ever since Kylie Jenner shared an out-of-touch photo of her and partner Travis Scott posing in front of their private jets with the caption, “you wanna take mine or yours?”

In the midst of the backlash, many began diving deeper into Jenner’s private jet use by examining the Celebrity Jets Twitter account, which records celebrity private jet trips.

Many were horrified she was regularly taking flights as short as 12 minutes and reprimanded her for “her absolute disregard for the planet”.

Many found it hypocritical that ordinary people were being asked by big companies to reduce their car trips and use paper straws when celebrities are constantly leaving huge carbon footprints with frivolous trips in their private jets.

Despite the wave of criticism, celebrities have continued to take private flights between short distances. 


Title: Taylor Swift’s rep responds to reports the singer has the worst private jet carbon emissions
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Jodie Sweetin Marries Mescal Wasilewski with ‘Fuller House’ Co-Stars in Attendance!



Jodie Sweetin Marries Mescal Wasilewski with 'Fuller House' Co-Stars in Attendance!

Jodie Sweetin is married!

The 40-year-old actress, best known for playing Stephanie Tanner on Full House and Fuller House, married social worker Mescal Wasilewski on Saturday (July 30) at a private home in Malibu, Calif. after five years together.

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Jodie and Mescal wed in an intimate backyard ceremony that included her two daughters – Zoie, 14, and Beatrix, 11 – and her Fuller House co-stars including John Stamos, Candace Cameron Bure, and Andrea Barber.

“I know I have the right partner for the rest of whatever life brings me,” Jodie shared with People. “And I couldn’t be more grateful.”

Jodie and Mescal were first introduced through friends in 2017 and dated long-distanced before Mescal moved from New York City to Los Angeles in 2020. They got engaged in January 2022.

This is the fourth marriage for Jodie – she was first married to Shaun Holguin from 2002 to 2006, to Cody Herpin from 2007 until 2010, and to Morty Coyle from 2012 to 2016. She shares Zoie with Cody and Beatrix with Morty.

Congrats to the newlyweds!


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Title: Jodie Sweetin Marries Mescal Wasilewski with ‘Fuller House’ Co-Stars in Attendance!
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How to Make Sense of a Very Unpredictable Fall Movie Season




All of a sudden, the fall movie season looks very busy. This week brought two big festival announcements loaded with major films to come: First came Venice, with a lineup that includes everything from Darren Aronofsky’s “The Whale” to “Bardo”; it was followed by TIFF, where Steven Spielberg’s “The Fabelmans” will premiere alongside Sam Mendes’ “Empire of Light” and Sarah Polley’s “Women Talking,” among many others. Meanwhile, Telluride continues to shroud its selections in secret, but the latest lineups help us get a sense of what to expect there as well.

In this week’s episode of Screen Talk, Eric Kohn and Anne Thompson dig through both lineups to get a sense for which films could impact the coming awards season and why it’s almost certain to be an unpredictable ride. They also address the return of competitiveness between festivals that seemed to subside earlier in the pandemic, and touch on the recent changes to the Oscar submission rules in France.

Watch the full episode above or listen it below. 

Screen Talk is produced by Azwan Badruzaman and available on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, and Spotify, and hosted by Megaphone. Browse previous installments here, subscribe here, and be sure to let us know if you’d like to hear the hosts address specific issues in upcoming editions of Screen Talk. 


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Title: How to Make Sense of a Very Unpredictable Fall Movie Season
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