June 26, 2013 in Sports

Bruins roar to title with 11th straight win

From Staff And Wire Reports
 

Closing pitcher David Berg hoists the trophy as UCLA celebrates its first NCAA baseball title after 8-0 win over Mississippi State.
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College baseball: Eric Filia drove in a career-high five runs, Nick Vander Tuig limited Mississippi State to five hits in eight innings, and UCLA won its first national championship in baseball, 8-0, Tuesday night at Omaha, Neb.

The Bruins (49-17) completed a two-game sweep in the College World Series finals and ended the season with 11 straight wins.

Vander Tuig held off the Bulldogs (51-20) when they threatened in the fourth, fifth and eighth innings and recorded his fourth win in the NCAA tournament. Tuig (14-4) struck out six and walked one. David Berg pitched the ninth.

Filia produced runs with a sacrifice fly, a squeeze bunt and two base hits as the Bruins scored their most runs in 18 games.

UCLA allowed four runs in five games to set a CWS record for fewest in the metal-bat era that started in 1974.

Adrian, Franklin win 100-meter freestyle

Swimming: Olympic gold medalists Nathan Adrian and Missy Franklin won the two biggest races, the men’s and women’s 100-meter freestyle, at the U.S. Championships in Indianapolis.

Adrian beat Jimmy Feigen to the wall by more than half a second, finishing in 48.54 seconds to take the race that featured seven Olympic gold medalists.

Franklin, the women’s star, charged past the three leaders on the second 50 meters, then had to hold off another Olympic gold medalist, Shannon Vreeland, and 16-year-old Simone Manuel to set a new meet record in 53.43 seconds. It was the second-fastest time in the world this year.

Other Olympians who won Tuesday were Cammile Adams in the 200 butterfly, Connor Jaeger in the men’s 1,500 free and Katie Ledecky in the women’s 800 free.

Documents sealed in player’s murder

Football: A Massachusetts court said it has sealed documents related to the killing of a semi-pro football player found dead a mile from the home of Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez.

Attleboro District Court officials said documents related to the case, including search warrants, have been impounded, meaning the public can’t see them. No charges have been filed.

State police have searched in and around Hernandez’s home in North Attleborough several times. At least three search warrants have been issued in connection with the investigation.

Odin Lloyd, who played for the semi-pro Boston Bandits, was found slain June 17. The 27-year-old’s relatives said he was dating the sister of Hernandez’s fiance and that the two men were friends.

Clippers finalize hiring of Rivers

NBA: Doc Rivers is the Los Angeles Clippers’ new coach and senior vice president of basketball operations.

The Clippers finalized the championship-winning coach’s move from the Boston Celtics after weeks of negotiations and reversals.

Boston will get a future first-round pick from the Clippers for Rivers, who went 416-305 and won the 2008 NBA title during nine seasons with the Celtics.

Jones, Lewis will stay with Heat: James Jones and Rashard Lewis have exercised their player options to remain with the Miami Heat next season.

Smith chooses free agency: Sixth Man of the Year J.R. Smith has informed the New York Knicks that he will decline the option in his contract for next season and become a free agent.

Shaw introduced: The Denver Nuggets officially introduced Brian Shaw as their head coach.

Shaw steps in for George Karl, the NBA Coach of the Year who was ousted after the team won a franchise-record 57 games, only to be bounced from the first round of the playoffs for the fourth straight season.

Games planned in London, Mexico City: The NBA says regular-season games will be played next season in London and Mexico City.

The San Antonio Spurs are set to play the Minnesota Timberwolves at Mexico City Arena on Dec. 4, and the Atlanta Hawks and Brooklyn Nets will meet at The O2 in London on Jan. 16.

Griner scores 26 in Phoenix victory

WNBA: Brittney Griner had 26 points, seven rebounds and five blocks and the visiting Phoenix Mercury outlasted the San Antonio Silver Stars 83-77 for their fifth win in six games.

Atlanta rolls: Erika De Souza scored 17 points and Angel McCoughtry added 16 to lead the surging Atlanta Dream to a 76-60 victory over the visiting Indiana Fever.

The Dream, winners of four straight, lead the WNBA with a franchise-best 8-1 record.


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