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TCU, UCLA open CWS with routs

UCLA's Beau Amaral is tagged out at home by Florida’s Mike Zunino in the first inning of their College World Series game.  (Associated Press)
UCLA's Beau Amaral is tagged out at home by Florida’s Mike Zunino in the first inning of their College World Series game. (Associated Press)

College baseball: Undefeated freshman Matt Purke limited Florida State to four singles and one unearned run over seven innings and postseason newcomer TCU scored five times in the first inning on its way to an 8-1 victory in the opening game of the College World Series in Omaha, Neb.

The Horned Frogs (52-12) advanced to a Monday night game against UCLA. The Seminoles (47-19), at the CWS for the 20th time, have lost five of their last six CWS openers and will play Florida in a Monday afternoon Bracket 1 elimination game.

TCU is the first team to win its CWS debut since Georgia Tech in 1994 – a team that featured future Boston Red Sox stars Nomar Garciaparra and Jason Varitek.

Jason Coats’ double into the left-field corner gave the Horned Frogs a 2-1 lead before Seminoles’ starter Sean Gilmartin recorded an out.

Jantzen Witte scored on Brance Rivera’s suicide-squeeze bunt in the third and Bryan Holaday hit his 14th homer in the fourth to make it 7-1.

Tyler Holt lined Purke’s first pitch of the game into left field for the only ball hit out of the infield by Florida State until Devon Travis’ grounder up the middle in the seventh.

In the other opener, Trevor Bauer pitched seven strong innings and set the UCLA season strikeouts record – fanning 11 to give him 152 total – and the Bruins cranked up their offense and capitalized on Florida’s struggles to beat the Gators 11-3.

The Bruins (49-14) won for the first time at the CWS.

Florida (47-16), the No. 3 national seed, heads to the elimination game.

The sixth-seeded Bruins scored in eight different innings and finished with 18 hits. Niko Gallego went 4 for 5 and Beau Amaral was 3 for 4.

Ohio State recruit shot, girl killed

College football: Police say Ohio State football recruit Jamel Turner is in critical condition and a 17-year-old girl is dead after both were shot multiple times in Youngstown, Ohio.

Turner, a defensive end who played high school ball at Ursuline High School in his native Youngstown, signed with the Buckeyes in February.

Hur earns two-round ShopRite lead

Golf: South Korea’s M.J. Hur has the lead after two rounds of the ShopRite LPGA Classic at Galloway Township, N.J., with comeback kid Paula Creamer right behind.

Hur birdied the 18th hole for a 7-under 64 and a one-stroke lead over Creamer heading into the final round of the $1.5 million tournament.

Wendy Ward of Edwall, Wash., has a 1-under 141 and is tied for 42nd.

Henin beats Petkovic in finals at Unicef

Tennis: Justine Henin beat No. 7 Andrea Petkovic 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 to win the Unicef Open at Den Bosch, Netherlands, for her first grass-court title in three years.

After trading the first two sets, Petkovic broke the top-seeded Belgian in the second game of the final set before holding serve for a comfortable 3-0 lead.

But Henin, who was playing the tournament in a tuneup for Wimbledon, held serve and blasted a forehand winner on her way to breaking the German in the fifth game. Henin, who did not drop a set or face a tiebreak heading into the final, completed a stunning rally by breaking Petkovic in the ninth game.

Sergiy Stakhovsky beat seventh-seeded Serbian Janko Tipsarevic 6-3, 6-0 to win the men’s event.

Stakhovsky displayed a slicing backhand and some precise net play to win his third ATP title in 55 minutes.

Da Costa wins 8th stage of Swiss tour

Cycling: Rui Da Costa of Portugal broke away over the final six miles to win the eighth stage of the Tour of Switzerland in Liestal, Switzerland.

Robert Gesink of the Netherlands maintained the race leader’s jersey, and seven-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong held seventh place, 55 seconds back.

Da Costa finished ahead of Caisse d’Epargne teammate Jose Joaquin Rojas with Belgian Maxime Monfort finishing third in the penultimate stage, a 107-mile ride from Wetzikon to Liestal.

Cyclist kept in a coma after heart attack: Luxembourg cyclist Kim Kirchen was placed in a medically induced coma after having a heart attack at the Tour of Switzerland, his team said.

The rider felt dizzy at the team hotel on Friday night following the seventh stage of the race and was sent to the Zurich University Clinic.

Ward retains title, triumphs over Green

Boxing: Andre Ward advanced to the semifinals of the Super Six tournament by beating Allan Green by unanimous decision in Oakland, Calif.

Ward (22-0) completely controlled his first defense of the WBA super middleweight title and advanced to the final four of the modified round-robin tournament with one round to go. He won all 12 rounds from the three judges in front of his hometown crowd.

Green (29-2) lost in his first fight since replacing an injured Jermain Taylor in the tournament. He still can advance to the semifinals by winning in the third round against Mikkel Kessler.

Rahman scores fourth-round TKO: Two-time former heavyweight champion Hasim Rahman continued his comeback by scoring a technical knockout over Shannon Miller in Niagara Falls, N.Y.

The fight was stopped 1:37 into the fourth round after Rahman (47-7-2) sent Miller (16-5-0) to the mat for the fourth time.


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