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Gamecocks, Gators to meet in CWS finals

Sat., June 25, 2011

South Carolina players celebrate their win over Virginia at the College World Series in Omaha, Neb. (Associated Press)
South Carolina players celebrate their win over Virginia at the College World Series in Omaha, Neb. (Associated Press)

College baseball: Adam Matthews scored in the bottom of the 13th inning after Virginia reliever Cody Winiarski botched two throws after fielding bunts, sending defending national champion South Carolina back to the College World Series finals with a 3-2 victory Friday night in Omaha, Neb.

South Carolina closer Matt Price worked out of bases-loaded situations in the 10th, 12th and 13th innings.

The Gamecocks (53-14) will play Florida (53-17) in an all-Southeastern Conference best-of-3 final beginning Monday.

• Preston Tucker drove in the go-ahead run with a bases-loaded single in the eighth and Florida advanced to the CWS finals with a 6-4 victory over Vanderbilt (54-12).

NFL talks to be held again next week

NFL: With training camps set to open in another month, NFL owners and players will resume negotiations next week, hoping to build on recent talks, two people familiar with the discussions told The Associated Press.

Scandal requires ‘soul-searching’

College football: Ohio State needs to do a lot of “soul-searching” in the wake of the memorabilia-for-cash and tattoos football scandal that forced coach Jim Tressel to resign and quarterback Terrelle Pryor to leave school, a university trustee said.

After weeks of silence, the oversight panel for Ohio State – a school of more than 50,000 students – is beginning to comment on the memorabilia scandal. It will spend up to six weeks reviewing the athletic department’s entire response to the scandal, though members say they do not know of any other NCAA rules violations right now.

“We have a lot to look at in sort of the soul-searching of what is most important in the game of life,” trustee Jerry Jurgensen, retired chief executive officer of Nationwide Insurance, said in remarks to the full board.

NBA players don’t move to close gap

NBA: Players declined to present a new economic proposal to NBA owners, less than a week before the expiration of the collective bargaining agreement.

Dressed in matching T-shirts urging solidarity, about 40 players attended the negotiating session in New York, the final one before owners could vote on whether to lock them out if no deal is reached.

But once there, they decided not to make any move to close the distance between the sides’ financial positions.

Tseng remains atop LPGA Championship

Golf: After seeing her lead disappear in the morning session, Yani Tseng fought her way back into a place where she’s been plenty comfortable this year.

Top-ranked Yani Tseng overcame a double bogey on her ninth hole to shoot a 2-under 70 for a one-stroke lead over Pat Hurst after the second round of the LPGA Championship in Pittsford, N.Y., the tour’s second major of the year.

Wendy Ward (Edwall, Wash.) missed the cut after following Thursday’s 73 with a 78.

Amateur Cantlay shoots 60: Nineteen-year-old UCLA star Patrick Cantlay shot a course-record 10-under 60 – the lowest PGA Tour round by an amateur – to take a four-stroke lead in the Travelers Championship in Cromwell, Conn.

The low amateur last week in the U.S. Open, Cantlay tied the tournament record set by Tommy Bolt when the event was played in Wethersfield in 1954.

Alex Prugh (University of Washington/Ferris High) had to play two rounds and shot 69 and 71. Seventy-seven players will have to complete the second round today after the tournament was put behind schedule on Thursday because of rain.

Huston, Wiebe share lead: John Huston and Mark Wiebe shot 7-under 65s to share the lead after the first round of the Champion Tour’s Dick’s Sporting Goods Open in Endicott, N.Y.

Logano wins pole position at Sonoma

Auto racing: Joey Logano won the pole on the road course at Infineon Raceway in Sonoma, Calif.

Logano posted a lap of 93.256 mph in his Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota to take the top qualifying spot for Sunday’s Sprint Cup race.


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