June 14, 2011 in Sports

Virginia rallies in ninth inning to advance

 
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Virginia players celebrate 3-2 victory over UC Irvine in Game 3 of the NCAA Super Regional baseball tournament.
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College Baseball: In Charlottesville, Va., Chris Taylor hit a two-run single with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning Monday, lifting Virginia to a dramatic 3-2 victory against UC Irvine and back into the College World Series.

The Cavaliers (54-10) were down to their last out against Anteaters ace Matt Summers, making his first relief appearance of the season, when David Coleman singled to center, Jared King singled off Summers’ leg and pinch-hitter Reed Gragnani drew a walk to load the bases.

Taylor then took a called strike and singled up the middle, just out of the reach of second baseman Tommy Reyes as two runs scored, causing Davenport Field to erupt in a huge celebration.

• Wacha pitches Texas A&M past FSU: In Tallahassee, Fla., Michael Wacha continued his brilliant postseason for Texas A&M, allowing two runs on three hits in 7 1/3 innings as the Aggies defeated Florida State 11-2 on to advance to the College World Series.

The Aggies scored six first-inning runs.

In four postseason outings, Wacha (9-3) has allowed just three earned runs in 28 1/3 innings.

Britt faces multiple warrants in Tennessee

Football: Titans receiver Kenny Britt has two arrest warrants outstanding in Tennessee, and he is suspected of providing inaccurate information on two separate driver’s license applications.

The Tennessee Highway Patrol issued the arrest warrants April 14. Spokeswoman Dayla Qualls confirmed to the Associated Press that the THP is investigating an issue on Britt’s driver’s license applications.

• Ducks CB Harris cited for speeding: Oregon cornerback Cliff Harris has been cited with driving 118 mph on a suspended license.

Oregon State police say Harris, 20, was pulled over after an off-duty trooper spotted him about 4:35 a.m. Sunday on Interstate 5 south of Albany, Ore.

• Seven NFL teams have had furloughs or cuts: The NFL lockout hasn’t just affected players.

Seven of the NFL’s 32 teams have instituted pay cuts or furloughs for other employees since the lockout began March 12, the Associated Press found in interviews around the league.

The seven teams are Miami, Buffalo, the New York Jets, Kansas City, Detroit, Tampa Bay and Arizona. Oakland did not slash salaries, but implemented a plan that allows employees to keep their full pay if they sell a certain number of season tickets.

• Fiesta Bowl hires Arizona president as executive director: The troubled Fiesta Bowl has hired University of Arizona President Robert Shelton as executive director to replace the ousted John Junker.

Wings assistant hired as Senators coach

NHL: Detroit Red Wings assistant Paul MacLean has been hired as the new coach of the Ottawa Senators.

Two people familiar with the decision confirmed the move, speaking with the Associated Press on condition of anonymity because it had not been formally announced by the Senators.

• NHL committee agrees with head-shot rule expansion: The NHL’s competition committee agrees with a recommendation to broaden the league’s definition of illegal hits to the head.

The committee’s decision is the next step in expanding Rule 48, enacted last year to outlaw blindside head shots.

Venus returns with win at Eastbourne

Tennis: In Eastbourne, England, Venus Williams finally beat Andrea Petkovic.

Five months after a hip injury forced her to retire against Petkovic after one game of their third-round match at the Australian Open, Williams beat the German 7-5, 5-7, 6-3.

Sister Serena will make her return to action today against Tsventana Pironkova after nearly a year out of competitive play. She could then face top-seeded Vera Zvonareva.

• Murray beats Tsonga: Andy Murray has won his first title of the season, beating Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France 3-6, 7-6 (2), 6-4 at Queen’s Club in London.

• Lisicki beats Hantuchova in Aegon Classic final: In Birmingham, England, Sabine Lisicki beat fourth-seeded Daniela Hantuchova of Slovakia 6-3, 6-2 to win the Aegon Classic.

• Clijsters wins at Unicef Open: In Den Bosch, Netherlands, top-seeded Kim Clijsters beat Monica Niculescu 7-5, 7-5 in the first round of the Unicef Open.

In the men’s tournament, top-seeded Nicolas Almagro lost to Michael Berrer of Germany 3-6, 7-6 (5), 6-4.

• Helfant to leave as ATP president: Adam Helfant will step down as head of the ATP when his three-year contract expires at the end of the year.

Helfant said Monday he turned down an offer from the ATP board of directors to renew his contract with the men’s tennis tour.

Busch fails inspection, loses six points

Miscellany: Kyle Busch was docked six points and his crew chief fined $25,000 because his car failed post-race inspection at Pocono Raceway.

The No. 18 Toyota was found to be too low during NASCAR’s inspection Sunday. NASCAR responded by docking Busch six driver points and car owner Joe Gibbs six owner points.

• Cunego leads Tour of Switzerland; Sagan wins stage: In Grindelwald, Switzerland, Damiano Cunego of Italy has taken grasp of the overall lead in the Tour of Switzerland despite finishing second, by 21 seconds, in a sprint to Peter Sagan of Slovakia in Stage 3.

• Injured Despatie to miss diving worlds: Three-time world champion diver Alexandre Despatie will miss next month’s worlds because of a nagging knee injury.

• Plushenko regains amateur status: Former Olympic champion figure skater Evgeni Plushenko of Russia has had his amateur status restored, clearing him to compete at the 2014 Games in his home country.


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