IRISH, GEORGIA TO MEET IN 2017, 2019: Notre Dame and Georgia will play in 2017 and 2019, marking the first regular-season meetings between the two schools.
The Bulldogs will play in South Bend on Sept. 9, 2017, while the Irish will play in Athens on Sept. 21, 2019. The top-ranked Bulldogs beat the No. 7 Irish in the Sugar Bowl to win the national championship in 1980 in their only previous meeting.
Athletic director Jack Swarbrick had said he had been seeking to add a Southeastern Conference opponent to the schedule. He said the Irish had been scheduled to play teams from every major conference except the SEC.
The Irish lost to Alabama 42-14 in the 2012 BCS title game and last played an SEC regular-season opponent in 2005, a 41-21 win over Tennessee.
GIANTS' LINCECUM PITCHES 2ND NO-HITTER VS. PADRES: Tim Lincecum pitched his second no-hitter against the San Diego Padres in less than a year, allowing only one runner Wednesday and leading the San Francisco Giants to a 4-0 win.
Lincecum totally shut down the weakest-hitting team in the majors, striking out six and walking one. San Francisco fielders didn't need to make any exceptional plays to preserve Lincecum's gem.
Lincecum (6-5) threw 113 pitches for this win. Last July 13 at San Diego, he threw 148 pitches while holding the Padres hitless.
The 30-year-old right-hander became just the second pitcher in major league history to twice no-hit the same team. Addie Joss did it for Cleveland against the White Sox in 1908 and again in 1910.
This was the third no-hitter this season. Josh Beckett and Clayton Kershaw of the Dodgers previously threw them.
Chase Headley was San Diego's lone runner, walking in the second inning.
RAMIREZ TO JOIN IOWA CUBS AS PLAYER/COACH: The Iowa Cubs say Manny Ramirez will begin his stint as a player/coach for Chicago's Triple-A affiliate today in Colorado Springs.
Chicago announced on May 25 that it had signed the 42-year-old Ramirez to be an assistant coach and part-time player at Iowa. Cubs President Theo Epstein says Ramirez will not be added to Chicago's major league roster this season.
Ramirez last played in the majors three years ago in a brief stint in Tampa Bay, and he spent most of the past month in extended spring training in Arizona.
Ramirez is expected to serve as a mentor to some of Chicago's top prospects, including infielders Javier Baez and Kris Bryant.
VANDY CAPTURES FIRST NATIONAL TITLE: John Norwood's home run in the top of the eighth inning gave Vanderbilt the lead, and the Commodores beat Virginia 3-2 on Wednesday night for their first national championship.
Norwood turned on Nick Howard's 97 mph fastball and sent it into the left field bullpen to break a 2-2 tie in the third and deciding game of the College World Series finals.
It was Norwood's third homer of the year, his first since April 19, and Vanderbilt's first since May 16. It also was only the third home run in 16 CWS games and the 22nd in 72 games by the Commodores (51-21).
THOMAS LEADS SUN PAST SKY: Rookie Alyssa Thomas scored 12 of her 23 points in the third quarter and had 11 rebounds to lead the Connecticut Sun to their sixth straight victory, 79-69 over the Sky on Wednesday night.
Katie Douglas added 19 points for the Sun (8-6).
Sylvia Fowles had 17 points and nine rebounds in her season debut for the Sky (6-8). She missed the first 13 games after having arthroscopic surgery to repair a hip injury.
Elena Delle Donne scored 13 points for Chicago. She missed the previous five games because of Lyme disease.
SHOCK RALLIES TO BEAT FEVER IN OT: Skylar Diggins scored 32 points in her return to Indiana to help the Tulsa Shock beat the Fever 107-102 in overtime.
The South Bend native and former Notre Dame star hit a 3-pointer with 2.8 seconds left in regulation to force overtime. She also had seven rebounds and four assists in Tulsa's comeback victory.
Shavonte Zellous led Indiana (6-7) with 33 points.
PENGUINS HIRE JOHNSTON AS COACH: The Pittsburgh Penguins hired Mike Johnston as the team's new head coach.
Johnston replaces Dan Bylsma, who was fired on June 6.
The 57-year-old Johnston, introduced at a Wednesday news conference, spent the past six years with the Portland Winterhawks of the Western Hockey League. He previously served as an NHL associate head coach with the Los Angeles Kings and Vancouver Canucks.
Johnson's hiring ends an eventful start to the offseason for the Penguins, who won the Metropolitan Division but were knocked out of the Eastern Conference semifinals by the New York Rangers after leading 3-1.
Pittsburgh fired general manager Ray Shero last month and replaced him with former Carolina Hurricanes general manager Jim Rutherford.
The Penguins also hired 18-year NHL veteran Rich Tocchet as Johnston's top assistant and released Tony Granato and Todd Reirden.
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