Baseball: Adam Plutko and two relievers limited LSU to five hits, and UCLA (45-17) turned both of the Tigers’ errors into runs in a tense 2-1 victory at the College World Series on Sunday night.
Louisiana State (57-10) scored its only run on Mason Katz’s fourth-inning homer. The Tigers had defensive breakdowns that allowed the Bruins to tie it in the sixth and take the lead in the eighth.
• Rodon pitches Wolfpack past Tar Heels: North Carolina State’s Carlos Rodon pitched eight shutout innings and the Wolfpack (50-14) knocked ACC pitcher of the year Kent Emanuel out of the game early in an 8-1 victory over North Carolina in their College World Series opener in Omaha, Neb.
Rodon, a sophomore left-hander, held the No. 1 national seed Tar Heels hitless into the fifth. He allowed five hits and struck out eight.
UCLA will play North Carolina State on Tuesday. LSU will meet North Carolina in an elimination game.
Murray rallies for Queen’s Cup title
Tennis: Top-seeded Andy Murray rallied to beat defending champion Marin Cilic 5-7, 7-5, 6-3 to win the Queen’s Club tournament in London for the third time.
The match was delayed for more than three hours by rain.
Murray dominated the final set, going up 3-1 when Cilic made a forehand error.
• Federer earns first title of season: Roger Federer won his first title of the year, overcoming a sluggish start to beat unseeded Mikhail Youzhny 6-7 (5), 6-3, 6-4 at the Gerry Weber Open in Halle, Germany.
Federer won his first title since Cincinnati in August and his sixth in Halle, the first since 2008. Four of Federer’s seven Wimbledon titles have come after victories in Halle.
Italy beats Mexico behind Balotelli goal
Soccer: Mario Balotelli showed his strength and rapidly developing talent, scoring in the 78th minute to lead Italy past Mexico 2-1 in the Confederations Cup.
Balotelli took a perfectly placed acrobatic pass from Emanuele Giaccherini and muscled between two defenders. His goal broke a 1-1 tie in the Group A game, the first official match at Rio de Janiero’s renovated Maracana Stadium.
• Spain upends Uruguay: Spain dominated its Confederations Cup opener in Recife, Brazil, against Uruguay, winning 2-1 on first-half goals by Pedro and Roberto Soldado.
Spain had a bit of luck with the first goal, which deflected off Uruguay defender Diego Lugano to beat goalkeeper Fernando Muslera. The second was perfect finishing by Soldado, who was left unmarked and scored from just inside the area.
Taurasi guides Mercury over Shock
WNBA: Diana Taurasi scored 29 points, and DeWanna Bonner had 23 in the Phoenix Mercury’s 108-103 overtime victory over the Shock (1-7) in Tulsa, Okla.
The second half featured eight ties and 11 lead changes before Taurasi took over, scoring eight points in the overtime period.
Rookie Britney Griner had 16 points for Phoenix (3-3).
• McCoughtry helps Dream top Sky: Angel McCoughtry scored 23 points, and Erika de Souza had 16 points and 11 rebounds to help the Atlanta Dream (5-1) beat the visiting Chicago Sky 88-74.
Elena Delle Donne led Chicago (4-2) with 25 points, Allie Quigley had 14, and Sylvia Fowles finished with 10 boards.
• Mystics win third straight: Ivory Latta scored 17 points, Crystal Langhorne had all 16 of her points in the second half and the Washington Mystics beat the Indiana Fever 64-60 at home for their third straight victory.
Portugal’s Costa wins Tour de Suisse
Miscellany: Rui Costa of Portugal kept his Tour de Suisse title after winning the final stage in Flumserberg, Switzerland, by 21 seconds.
The Movistar rider finished the 16.7-mile time trial in 51 minutes, 56 seconds, holding off Tanel Kangert of Spain and the Netherlands’ Bauke Mollema. Costa finished 1:02 ahead of Mollema overall.
Switzerland’s Mathias Frank began the final stage in the lead but finished fifth after coming 19th in the stage.
• Sacramento Kings hire new GM: The Sacramento Kings will introduce Pete D’Alessandro as their new general manager today.
D’Alessandro was executive vice president of basketball operations in Denver.
The Kings went 28-54 last season. They have finished under .500 for seven straight seasons.
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