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Caitlin Clark wins Honda Cup as top female college athlete for second consecutive year

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Caitlin Clark wins Honda Cup as top female college athlete for second consecutive year
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Caitlin Clark wins Honda Cup as top female college athlete for second consecutive year

2024-06-25 08:49 Last Updated At:08:50

NEW YORK (AP) — Caitlin Clark joined her idol Maya Moore as a two-time winner of the Honda Cup, earning the prestigious award for the second straight year Monday night.

The former Iowa star, who finished her career as the all-time Division I scoring leader, joined Moore (2010, 2011), Tracy Caulkins (1982, 1984) and Rachel Garcia (2019, 2021) as the only people to accomplish that.

“It's hard to wrap your head around. To be in the same air as her is pretty incredible,” Clark told the AP in a phone interview Monday night. “She's someone I grew up idolizing since I was 10 years old and wanted to do everything like her.”

Clark couldn't make the awards show because she's in the middle of her first WNBA season starring with the Indiana Fever. She missed the chance to spend time with the other Honda Cup finalists.

“It stinks,” Clark said of missing the show. “Getting to meet people outside your sport is what makes this event so fun. Getting to hear about their lives and what they do.”

The Honda Cup honors the nation's top NCAA women's athletes for not only what they do athletically, but also their leadership, academic excellence and eagerness to participate in community service. The ceremony was moved to New York this year after spending the previous 12 years in Los Angeles.

“It's cool that they are doing it here this year,” said Northwestern lacrosse player Izzy Scane, who also was honored as the top in her sport last year. “It's great to get to see New York.”

This year there was a tie in voting for the top three finalists resulting in four outstanding honorees. In addition to Clark, the others were Texas volleyball player Madisen Skinner, LSU gymnast Haleigh Bryant and Stanford softball player NiJaree Canady.

Clark, who is a two-time Associated Press Player of the Year, is the 18th basketball player to win the award.

“In our 48-year history, only a handful of athletes have won the Honda Cup twice,” said Chris Voelz, executive director of the Collegiate Women Sports Awards. “Just as she achieved numerous historical firsts in her senior year, Caitlin Clark makes history with us as the fourth two-time Cup winner and only the second to win it back-to-back. With an exceptional class, we are thrilled to welcome her to the sisterhood of all-time greats in college athletics and eagerly anticipate the continued impact of her influence on our culture and the nation’s sports community.”

Fellow basketball player Aaliyah Gayles of USC was honored as the Honda Inspiration Award winner. She has been an inspiration since the night in April 2022 when she survived being shot numerous times at a house party in North Las Vegas. She signed her national letter of intent to play at USC from her hospital bed. She's been a reserve for the Trojans, who won the Pac-12 Tournament this past year.

“It's inspiring to know people look up to me, reading my story they think I'm a superhero,” Gayles said. “Lot of people listen to me and recognize me for who I am and love my story.”

Gretchen Walsh of Virginia couldn't make the awards ceremony as she was at the U.S. swimming trials for the Olympics. Walsh qualified. Parker Valby of Florida also missed the ceremony as she was trying to qualify for the Paris Games in track and field.

Two of the finalists who were in attendance have hopes of competing in the Paris Olympics next month. Florida State's Joe Echegini hopes to play with the Nigerian soccer team and Division II Honda Athlete of the Year, Denisha Cartwright of Minnesota State is going to the Bahamas Olympic trials in the 100 hurdles.

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Chicago Sky forward Isabelle Harrison (20) guards Indiana Fever guard Caitlin Clark (22) during a WNBA basketball game, Sunday, June 23, 2024, in Chicago. (Eileen T. Meslar/Chicago Tribune via AP)

Chicago Sky forward Isabelle Harrison (20) guards Indiana Fever guard Caitlin Clark (22) during a WNBA basketball game, Sunday, June 23, 2024, in Chicago. (Eileen T. Meslar/Chicago Tribune via AP)

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Gio Urshela hits 2-run homer, Tigers score 7 runs in 2 innings to stun Dodgers 11-9

2024-07-14 05:13 Last Updated At:05:20

DETROIT (AP) — Gio Urshela hit a two-run homer in the 10th inning after the Detroit Tigers overcame a 9-4 deficit in the ninth to beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 11-9 on Saturday.

“I don't know how to appropriately comment on that game,” Tigers manager A.J. Hinch said. “It's an amazing feeling to see the guys happy — what a comeback on both sides of the ball.”

Wenceel Perez bunted Ryan Vilade to third to start the 10th. The Dodgers played a five-man infield, but Urshela ruined the strategy by homering to left off Yohan Ramirez (0-4).

“What a game by the whole team,” said Urshela, who didn't enter the game until extra innings. “They fought so hard and I just wanted to get the runner to home plate.”

Shohei Ohtani hit his 200th homer and tripled, giving him 233 total bases — the eighth-highest total before the All-Star break since the game was first played in 1933.

Ricky Vanasco started the ninth for the Dodgers, but didn't retire any of the three batters he faced. It was 9-6 when Dodgers manager Dave Roberts brought in closer Evan Phillips.

Phillips retired the first two batters, but Carson Kelly hit an RBI single to make it 9-7 and Colt Keith tied the game with a homer to left.

“With a five-run lead, especially the way we've been rolling, we have to win that game,” Dodgers catcher Austin Barnes said. “We went cutter up and in and (Keith) just got to it. We needed to close out that game sooner.”

Will Vest (2-3) got Freddie Freeman to hit into a bases-loaded double play to end the top of the 10th.

The Dodgers have lost five of six while the Tigers have won seven of nine.

The Dodgers took a 1-0 lead when Ohtani led off the game with a triple and scored when Freeman grounded into a force at second.

Detroit got two runs in the second, with Kiké Hernández's error helping set up Keith's two-run double, but the Dodgers tied it in the third. They loaded the bases on a walk and two singles. Montero struck out Andy Pages for the second out but walked Chris Taylor to make it 2-2.

The inning could have gotten much worse for Detroit, as right fielder Vilade lost Gavin Lux's flyball in the sun, but he recovered to make a lunging catch.

Ohtani led off the fifth with a long homer to right and Lux made it 5-2 with a two-run single later in the inning.

Vilade and Andy Ibáñez led off the bottom of the inning with back-to-back homers. Vilade's was the first of his major-league career.

Cavan Biggio walked in the sixth, took third on a Barnes single and scored the sixth Dodgers run when Ohtani grounded into a force at second.

Hernández made it 8-4 with a two-run homer in the seventh. Freeman's sacrifice fly scored Ohtani to make it 9-4 in the eighth.

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Tigers 1B Mark Canha (wrist) and SS Javier Baez (back) left the game with injuries. Urshela entered the game in the 10th inning to play first base after Ibáñez and Vilarde struggled to play the unfamiliar position.

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The Tigers and Dodgers finish the three-game series on Sunday afternoon, with both teams expected to get nine innings out of their bullpens. Roberts said the Dodgers will make roster moves to have enough arms for the game.

“I think both teams would lobby to play seven innings tomorrow,” Hinch joked. “We're both pretty beat up with a bullpen game coming.”

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Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Justin Wrobleski throws during the second inning of a baseball game against the Detroit Tigers, Saturday, July 13, 2024, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Justin Wrobleski throws during the second inning of a baseball game against the Detroit Tigers, Saturday, July 13, 2024, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Keider Montero throws during the third inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Saturday, July 13, 2024, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Keider Montero throws during the third inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Saturday, July 13, 2024, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Keider Montero throws during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Saturday, July 13, 2024, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Keider Montero throws during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Saturday, July 13, 2024, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Keider Montero throws during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Saturday, July 13, 2024, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Keider Montero throws during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Saturday, July 13, 2024, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Anthony Banda throws during the sixth inning of a baseball game against the Detroit Tigers, Saturday, July 13, 2024, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Anthony Banda throws during the sixth inning of a baseball game against the Detroit Tigers, Saturday, July 13, 2024, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

Los Angeles Dodgers designated hitter Shohei Ohtani is greeted in the dugout after a solo home run during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Detroit Tigers, Saturday, July 13, 2024, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

Los Angeles Dodgers designated hitter Shohei Ohtani is greeted in the dugout after a solo home run during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Detroit Tigers, Saturday, July 13, 2024, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

Los Angeles Dodgers' Enrique Hernández looks towards the dugout and reacts after his two-run home run during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Detroit Tigers, Saturday, July 13, 2024, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

Los Angeles Dodgers' Enrique Hernández looks towards the dugout and reacts after his two-run home run during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Detroit Tigers, Saturday, July 13, 2024, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

Los Angeles Dodgers' Enrique Hernández is greeted in the dugout after his two-run home run during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Detroit Tigers, Saturday, July 13, 2024, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

Los Angeles Dodgers' Enrique Hernández is greeted in the dugout after his two-run home run during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Detroit Tigers, Saturday, July 13, 2024, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

Los Angeles Dodgers' Chris Taylor (3) pats the helmet of Enrique Hernandez as they are greeted in the dugout after the two-run home run by Hernandez during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Detroit Tigers, Saturday, July 13, 2024, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

Los Angeles Dodgers' Chris Taylor (3) pats the helmet of Enrique Hernandez as they are greeted in the dugout after the two-run home run by Hernandez during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Detroit Tigers, Saturday, July 13, 2024, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

Detroit Tigers' Ryan Vilade looks skyward as he arrives at home plate after a solo home run during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Saturday, July 13, 2024, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

Detroit Tigers' Ryan Vilade looks skyward as he arrives at home plate after a solo home run during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Saturday, July 13, 2024, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

Detroit Tigers pitcher Andrew Chafin throws during the eighth inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Saturday, July 13, 2024, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

Detroit Tigers pitcher Andrew Chafin throws during the eighth inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Saturday, July 13, 2024, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

Los Angeles Dodgers' Shohei Ohtani safely scores from third during the eighth inning of a baseball game against the Detroit Tigers, Saturday, July 13, 2024, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

Los Angeles Dodgers' Shohei Ohtani safely scores from third during the eighth inning of a baseball game against the Detroit Tigers, Saturday, July 13, 2024, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

Los Angeles Dodgers designated hitter Shohei Ohtani safely beats the throw to Detroit Tigers second baseman Colt Keith to steal second during the eighth inning of a baseball game, Saturday, July 13, 2024, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

Los Angeles Dodgers designated hitter Shohei Ohtani safely beats the throw to Detroit Tigers second baseman Colt Keith to steal second during the eighth inning of a baseball game, Saturday, July 13, 2024, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

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