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OMAHA, Neb. Nomar Mazara Jersey . -- Gary Gilmore, the Coastal Carolina coach of the past 21 seasons who ushered the Chanticleers from their infancy in Division I to a national title-clinching, 4-3 victory Thursday over Arizona in the decisive Game 3 of the College World Series finals, could not hold back any longer.For two weeks here, Gilmore stuck to baseball -- lineups and pitching moves and other strategy. But as he clutched the trophy moments after securing the first NCAA championship in school history, Gilmore thought primarily about his father.Richard Gilmore died two years ago early in the spring.He taught Gary everything about the game and about life. He taught him to stay the course in the most frustrating times, and there were plenty as the coach of a Big South program in a state dominated by two national powers.Id give a gazillion, millions of dollars to give him one hug right now, Gilmore said Thursday, standing in shallow right field at TD Ameritrade Park, the CCU logo spinning behind him alongside a championship emblem on the big scoreboard.It was Gilmores one regret, that his father could not celebrate with him.Everything else about this day was nearly perfect. At the end of the longest CWS ever -- 17 games over 13 days, ending some seven hours before the calendar flips to July and Coastal Carolina leaves the Big South for the Sun Belt Conference -- the Chanticleers accomplished a once-unthinkable feat.Some people are still going to say we got lucky, senior Anthony Marks said. And thats fine. They can say whatever they want. It aint luck. This is blood, sweat and tears.From Conway, South Carolina, to Omaha, Marks words resonate to the thumping beat of a celebration like none this university has triggered in its 62-year history.The past two weeks, in fact, unfolded as a dream for the Chanticleers. They landed at Eppley Airfield on June 16 and bused straight to this ballpark, walking through the double doors adjacent to 13th Street at 3:30 p.m. -- two weeks to the moment, almost the exact second, that Alex Cunningham fanned Ryan Haug on a full-count pitch with Wildcats at second and third base.The final pitch ignited a rush to the pitchers mound, with Cunningham buried by more than a dozen bodies.To say, Coastal Carolina, national champions, Gilmore said, its got a great ring to it. But did I really think that was going to happen when we started back in February?Shoot, I thought we had a chance to be good.The Chanticleers were more than good in Omaha, closing this CWS with a nation-high 55 wins as ace right-hander Andrew Beckwith earned his nation-best 15th victory for 5? innings of work.It wasnt vintage Beckwith, but Bobby Holmes bailed him out of the sixth inning after Arizona scored twice. And Cunningham pitched the final two innings, giving up one run in the ninth on two hits, a walk and a sacrifice fly.Arizona coach Jay Johnson held Cody Ramer, who raced from first base, at third on Ryan Agulilars two-out double to the left-field corner.A good throw from shortstop Michael Paez would have surely nailed Ramer. And to that point, Coastal made every play when needed. The win Thursday marked its sixth this postseason in elimination games.It came back in the ninth to beat North Carolina State on the road in regional play, then won two straight at powerful LSU in a super regional. The Chanticleers beat TCU twice to reach the championship series and won Tuesday to force a winner-take-all final.After stormy weather postponed the final game until Thursday afternoon, Coastal capitalized on Ramers two errors on the same ground ball hit by Zach Remillard in the sixth inning. Paez and David Parrett scored on the misplay before designated hitter G.K. Young hit a laser into the right-field bullpen for a two-run homer.It wasnt always a golden path, Remillard said. But this is a grinding group. To say we were worried, I dont think so.After the dogpile, the Chanticleers lingered on the field for an hour. A few players scooped dirt from the first-base line into empty water bottles.Theres been nothing bigger than this for our university, athletic director Matt Hogue said. We keep telling people across the country, globally, anybody who will listen, This university is a special place. Theres a special force, a special energy.Sometimes that message doesnt resonate. Sometimes, in our state, it doesnt resonate, but we knew this day was going to come.Gilmore clutched the trophy before passing it to his players and administrators.I hope he keeps it in his office, Marks said, then keeps it in his house when hes done coaching.A party on Myrtle Beach awaits the Chanticleers in South Carolina. Gilmore will partake, then he said he wants to take this weekend to reflect. Hes going to turn off his cellphone and talk to no one.I need two days to put this in perspective, the coach said. Im numb.No doubt, hell think about his father and the inspirational figures who drew this team together -- like the wife of pitching coach Drew Thomas, Jaymie Thomas, who has battled breast cancer this year, and the son of associate head coach Kevin Schnall, Jayden Schnall, who faced life-saving surgery after a series of recent strokes.All the things that have happened to us, I just have to know in my heart, there are bigger things at work, Gilmore said.It sure looked like it over the past two weeks in Omaha. Joey Gallo Jersey . -- Ryan Getzlaf grabbed the three pucks wrapped in tape and held them up to his chest in the Anaheim Ducks dressing room for a celebration nine seasons in the making. Adrian Beltre Jersey . The Australian is competing in his final season in Formula One and still looking for his first win this year. He will look to end Vettels run of six straight race wins on Sunday. Webber, who is fifth in the championship, earned his second pole from the past three races and 13th of his career. .R. Smith realized how easily basketball can be taken from him, and he wasnt going to take his place in the NBA for granted anymore. For the first time since the opening day in Perth, South Africas defences have been tested, and this time they have held up strongly. The entire squad and support staff stood in solidarity with stand-in captain Faf du Plessis against what they see as victimisation after their third successive series win in Australia.Lets start with the obvious. Whether or not du Plessis is found guilty of altering the condition of the ball - which, when indulged in, is to encourage reverse swing - is irrelevant to the outcome of the series. Vernon Philander would still have found seam movement either way, Australia would still have lost. So South Africa see the charges as taking the shine off a deserved win and an attempt to diminish their success.Hashim Amla said as much when he called the episode sour sweets in an extraordinary press conference at the MCG. Amla was accompanied by every member of the touring party, who stood with him as he delivered the South African response to a charge that, at that stage, had not even been laid. Amla said he was not aware that the ICC was reviewing the footage, and used strong words to dismiss the allegation. Words like joke and ridiculous, which came in response to similarly harsh words in the Australian media.When the footage of du Plessis was first released on Wednesday, newspapers carrying the story described du Plessis as a confessed ball-tamperer and the team as notorious for their working of the ball. Every major publication carried several stories on it, and it received substantial airtime on television. South Africa are not used to that sort of coverage: the media landscape is much smaller back home, and much softer in India - the other place where they are confronted with mass reportage.They are understood to be seeing it as their fight against the Australian fourth estate, without whose intervention this would not have come to light. Not even the match officials knew that du Plessis was shining the ball with saliva that had also allegedly been in contact with a mint. When it came to their attention via the media, the 18-hour window for them to report it had lapsed but Cricket Australia could still have laid a complaint. The board did not, and made clear it had no intention to do so. Instead, the ICC chose to review the footage of its own volition and chief executive David Richardson has since laid the charge. Given that course of events, one can see why South Africa feel theyve been unfairly treated.This is not the first time that South African players being caught on camera has spun into a controversy beyond the actual incident. When Philander was fined for ball-tampering in Sri Lanka in 20014, Ten Sports had visuals of him scratching the ball and picking the seam on the third day, and alerted the match referee, Jeff Crowe. Ryan Rua Jersey. Philander was subsequently charged and fined 75% of his match fee. The pictures were not aired publicly until the fifth day and insiders said Cricket South Africa had put pressure on Ten Sports not to broadcast the visuals. When Sri Lanka Cricket found out, it made its own demands to air the footage.A year before that, Ten Sports caught du Plessis rubbing the ball near the zipper on his trouser pocket in the UAE, in a match against Pakistan. The television umpire alerted on-field officials, who awarded penalty runs against South Africa, and du Plessis was later fined. CSA was furious with Ten Sports at the time and threatened their rights and access.On both those occasions, the player involved did not contest the charge and accepted the punishment, although in 2013, du Plessis insisted he did not act with intent. That seems likely to be the defence this time as well, except that du Plessis is contesting the charge and will need legal representation for a hearing. South Africa are in conversation with their counsel and will begin preparing a case.Arguing that they are the victims of a media war is not going to work. The law on using an artificial substance to shine the ball is clear: its not allowed. Even though, as Amla pointed out, players walk out onto the field having consumed any number of things, and its an open secret that the tactic does get used (Marcus Trecothick wrote as much in his autobiography), using the everybody does it defence is also unlikely to earn South Africa any advantage.Exactly how they will get themselves out of this with reputations unscathed remains to be seen, but for now there is some space to understand why theyre feeling a little hard done by. They have already had to deal with racist graffiti aimed at Amla on the fence inside Bellerive Oval, and a public outcry from home when Ian Chappell, on commentary, responding to Ian Healys questions about how Kagiso Rabada developed his pace, said: Youd have to ask all the batsmen in his village. The word village was the one people took issue with. Rabada is from a privileged city background in Johannesburg, and the stereotyping left a bitter taste in South African mouths.Now Australian mints could do the same in another reminder that a tour here is never only fought on the field. Thats part of what makes it so challenging. It is also part of what makes winning here so sweet. Wholesale Jerseys From China China Jerseys WholesaleWholesale NFL Autographed Jerseys NFL Jerseys Wholesale NFL Jerseys From China Wholesale NFL Autographed Jerseys Nike NFL Jerseys China China NFL Hoodies Cheap NFL Gear Discount NFL Jerseys Cheap Stitched Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys Throwback Wholesale Jerseys From China Discount NFL Jerseys Jerseys NFL Cheap ' ' '