Softball: Megan Wiggins hit a tiebreaking three-run home run off national player of the year Danielle Lawrie in the sixth inning Thursday and Georgia rallied to beat defending champion Washington 6-3 in the Women’s College World Series in Oklahoma City.
Lawrie (40-4) took a three-run lead in the first inning but struggled against the Bulldogs (49-11) for the second straight year at the World Series. The only loss for Lawrie and the Huskies at last year’s event was a 9-8 extra-inning decision against Georgia.
Wiggins had an RBI single and Georgia scored twice in the fifth to tie it. In the sixth she hammered a 2-1 pitch from Lawrie over the center-field fence to put the Bulldogs ahead.
Washington (50-8) also lost its Super Regional opener before Lawrie pitched back-to-back shutouts to put the Huskies back in the World Series.
The Huskies play Arizona on Saturday.
Ogilvy, Fowler, Rose share Memorial lead
Golf: Geoff Ogilvy dropped into a three-way tie for the lead at the Memorial in Dublin, Ohio, giving up the outright lead by carelessly missing a par putt inside 3 feet.
The consolation for Ogilvy was a 7-under-par 65 and a share of the lead with 21-year-old Rickie Fowler and Justin Rose. They were two shots ahead of a group that included Phil Mickelson, who can go to No. 1 in the world with a victory at Muirfield Village.
Defending champion Tiger Woods shot an even-par 72. Ferris graduate Alex Prugh shot a 2-over 74.
Stern says no player summit planned
NBA: Commissioner David Stern says there will be no free-agency meeting, claiming he’s been assured at the “highest level” that there will be no sitdown among LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and the other superstars who could hit the market on July 1.
And that was the players’ choice, not an order from him.
The idea of the get-together among the free agents grew after Wade said the players would talk to each other at some point, though he never said they would all gather in one place to have an official discussion.
Big 12 abruptly cans news conference
Miscellany: After daylong discussions regarding the possible breakup of the Big 12, a scheduled news conference was abruptly canceled, fueling speculation that the 12 schools are far from agreement.
A short time earlier, Oklahoma athletic director Joe Castiglione had indicated the member schools did not reach the unity that many had hoped these meetings would achieve.
Perhaps also complicating the process was a report out of Texas that the Pac-10 might invite six Big 12 schools to join and form two eight-team divisions. Some Big 12 and Pac-10 officials met informally several weeks ago to discuss a possible scheduling and television alliance between the leagues.
Roethlisberger says his priorities changed
NFL: Ben Roethlisberger issued no apology. He didn’t ask for forgiveness from his fans, and he didn’t lobby NFL commissioner Roger Goodell to reduce his six-game suspension.
What he said in his first comments since being suspended April 21 by the NFL were revealing: He’s ready to make major changes to a lifestyle that cast him as a role model for bad behavior by privileged pro athletes with a sense of entitlement.
Roethlisberger pledged to make smarter decisions during what he called “the second chance” he’s received to turn around his life.
Altidore sprains right ankle during training
Soccer: U.S. forward Jozy Altidore sprained an ankle during a training drill.
Altidore hurt his right ankle during a workout on a shortened field. Altidore was taken to a hospital for X-rays and was diagnosed with a mild sprain.
The U.S. faces Australia on Saturday in Roodepoort in the final exhibition for both teams ahead of the World Cup.
The Americans open against England on June 12.
Armstrong in third at Luxembourg tour
Cycling: Lance Armstrong was third overall after two days of the Tour of Luxembourg, satisfied that he is riding stronger before the Tour de France.
Giovanni Visconti of Italy won the first stage, while Armstrong stayed up front in the main pack to finish 50th in the 111.8-mile ride from Luxembourg to Hesperange.
•Teams call for checks on cheaters: French cycling team chief Alain Deloeil called for checks at the Tour de France to ensure that racers are not cheating by using motors hidden in their bike frames.
Speculation has focused on Swiss rider Fabian Cancellara, who denied this week he won Paris-Roubaix and the Tour of Flanders this year with the help of an electric bike.
Miller’s tennis quest falls flat at qualifier
Tennis: Rafa and Roger can relax. Bode Miller is no longer a threat at the U.S. Open.
America’s most successful skier made a quick exit from a U.S. Open qualifier, falling 6-4, 6-2 to Erik Nelson-Kortland in an opening match at sectional playoffs in Honolulu.
Miller , was a state high school tennis champion in Maine.