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The Baylor Lady Bears are up against six other prominent squads in a fan vote for the “Best Team” ESPY.

The Baylor Lady Bears already climbed to the top of their game by claiming their third NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament title in April.

Now it’s up to a fan vote to decide if the Baylor women are the champion of championship teams.

The Lady Bears have been nominated for an ESPY in the “Best Team” category along with six other squads.

The ESPYs are the annual sports awards created and hosted by ESPN.

A fan vote will determine the winner of the “Best Team” category. Baylor is contending with NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament champion Virginia, the NBA champion Toronto Raptors, the Super Bowl winning New England Patriots, the Clemson Tigers football team that won the College Football Playoff, the World Series champion Boston Red Sox, and the US Women’s National Team that will play for the Women’s World Cup championship on Sunday.

Baylor posted a 37-1 record on its way to the Big 12 regular season and tournament tiles. In the Final Four, the Lady Bears defeated Oregon and Notre Dame in a two-step of thrillers to win the national championship.

Wendzel, Jung sign with Rangers

Baylor co-Big 12 Player of the Year Davis Wendzel signed with the Texas Rangers on Wednesday.

The Rangers drafted Wendzel with the 41st overall pick in the MLB First-Year Player Draft on June 3 with a competitive balance pick at the end of the first round.

Wendzel batted .367 with 9 home runs and 42 RBI over 46 games, helping Baylor post a 35-19 record and earn an NCAA Tournament berth. He ranked 29th in the nation in on-base percentage at .484.

Texas selected a pair of third basemen in the first round including Wendzel and fellow co-Big 12 Player of the Year Josh Jung of Texas Tech. Jung also signed with the Rangers on Wednesday.

Wendzel and Jung are expected to report to the Rangers complex in Surprise, Ariz., later this week to begin their professional careers.

Gallo not in HR Derby, 2 Rangers could miss All-Star Game

ARLINGTON, Texas — Rangers slugger Joey Gallo will not participate in the Home Run Derby when he is at the All-Star Game next week, and the other two All-Star picks from Texas might not be able to play in the game.

General manager Jon Daniels says Gallo will be available to play for the AL team in the game in Cleveland, but he won’t take part in the home run contest only two weeks after missing 22 games because of a left oblique strain.

Gallo says it’s “probably smart,” and he appreciates the Rangers looking out for his best interest. After consecutive 40-homer seasons, Gallo went into Tuesday night’s game with 20 homers this year.

Hunter Pence, selected by fans to start as the designated hitter for the AL team, has been out since June 16 with a right groin strain. He was pulled off his rehab assignment Tuesday, a day after he re-aggravated the injury during a minor league game.

Left-handed pitcher Mike Minor is set to start for the Rangers on Sunday, which would make him ineligible to pitch in the All-Star Game.

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