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Oklahoma evades South Carolina rally

Mon., June 21, 2010, midnight

Oklahoma’s Danny Black, rear, collides with Cody Reine at the College World Series. (Associated Press)
Oklahoma’s Danny Black, rear, collides with Cody Reine at the College World Series. (Associated Press)

College baseball: Caleb Bushyhead homered and drove in the winning run, and Jeremy Erben and Ryan Duke worked out of bases-loaded situations in the eighth inning to lead Oklahoma to a 4-3 victory over South Carolina in the rain-plagued College World Series in Omaha, Neb.

The start of the game was delayed 4 hours, 15 minutes, and play was halted for an additional 2:01 by rain and lightning in the middle of the sixth inning.

The Clemson-Arizona State game was postponed until Monday morning.

Bushyhead homered to break a 1-1 tie in the second, and he singled into the right-field corner to make it 3-2 in the fourth.

South Carolina was within a run after Duke walked Jackie Bradley on four pitches with the bases loaded in the ninth, but Duke got Adrian Morales to fly out to end the game for his 12th save.

Oklahoma plays the Clemson-Arizona State winner on Tuesday night, with South Carolina meeting the loser of that game Tuesday afternoon.

Garrett Bueschele gave South Carolina a two-run lead in the bottom of the eighth, slugging his team-leading 17th homer to deep left off submarine-style reliever Jose Mata.

Erben got two big strikeouts to leave South Carolina’s Brady Thomas at second base in the seventh inning.

In the eighth, Whit Merrifield singled just past the glove of Bushyhead at short before Erben issued back-to-back walks to load the bases with two out. But he got Thomas to line out to right to end the inning.

Miyazato grabs No. 1 spot at ShopRite

Golf: Japan’s Ai Miyazato shot a 7-under 64 to win the $1.5 million ShopRite LPGA Classic at Galloway Township, N.J.

The 25-year-old Miyazato is guaranteed to take over the No. 1 slot in today’s rankings after her fourth victory of the season.

Second-round leader M.J. Hur finished second, two shots behind Miyazato. Fellow South Korean Inbee Park, the 2008 U.S. Women’s Open champion, was a further two shots back.

Suzann Pettersen of Norway, South Korea’s Hee-Won Han and Katherine Hull of Australia shared fourth place at 11 under, one shot ahead of Paula Creamer, who had a spectacular return in her first tournament since surgery on her left thumb in March.

Miyazato opened the final round two shots back and needed only three holes to grab a share of the lead. She finished with seven birdies in a bogey-free round that gave her a 54-hole total of 16-under 197.

The win was Miyazato’s fifth on the LPGA Tour, but her first in the United States. She won earlier this year in Thailand, Singapore and Mexico. Her victory last year came in France.

The winner’s prize was $225,000, pushing Miyazato’s earnings this year to $830,238.

Wendy Ward of Edwall, Wash., finished with a 1-over 213, leaving her tied for 59th.

Miyazato will replace Jiyai Shin of South Korea atop the rankings. Shin has missed the last two tournaments after undergoing an appendectomy.

Ohio State recruit still in critical condition

College football: Police say an Ohio State football recruit remains in critical condition a day after he was shot multiple times and a teenage girl was killed at a house in Youngstown.

Police say they have a suspect in Saturday’s shooting of Jamel Turner but no arrest has been made. Authorities declined to provide additional information.

Seventeen-year-old Tracy Banks died in the shooting. A 4-year-old girl found inside the house was unharmed.

It wasn’t immediately clear who owned the house.

Grizzlies’ Wallace receives extension

NBA: Memphis Grizzlies general manager Chris Wallace has signed a multiyear contract extension that gives the team continuity among its leadership.

The team announced that Wallace had agreed to the deal, though neither the Grizzlies nor Wallace would discuss its length or financial terms. The team also signed coach Lionel Hollins to a three-year contract in April.

Wallace watched six players audition for the Grizzlies, including Kentucky forward Patrick Patterson, West Virginia forward Devin Ebanks and Mississippi guard Terrico White, who is from Memphis.

The team has planned a few more workouts this week. The Grizzlies have the 12th, 25th and 28th picks in the first round of Thursday’s draft.

Schleck surges to win Tour of Switzerland

Cycling: Lance Armstrong’s bid to win the Tour of Switzerland came up just short in Liestal, Switzerland, with the Texan finishing second by 12 seconds to Frank Schleck of Luxembourg.

The seven-time Tour de France winner was seventh overall going into the stage, but surged into contention by placing 11th in the 16.6-mile time trial around Liestal, finishing in 33 minutes, 30 seconds to trail stage winner Tony Martin of Germany by 1:09.


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