In Brief: Florida wins Game 1 of NCAA softball final
Softball: Hannah Rogers threw a four-hitter to help Florida defeat Alabama 5-0 in Game 1 of the best-of-three College Women’s World Series championship series Monday night in Oklahoma City.
Rogers had a perfect game through four innings and a one-hitter going into the bottom of the seventh in the matchup of Southeastern Conference rivals.
Florida (54-12) is one win from its first national title after runner-up finishes in 2009 and 2011. Game 2 will be played tonight.
Jackie Traina took the loss for Alabama (53-12). She gave up five runs in 6 1/3 innings after having allowed just one earned run in her first three games during the World Series.
FIFA investigation wrapping up
Soccer: FIFA’s investigation into the World Cup bids from Russia and Qatar will be completed by next week, the chief investigator said amid fresh corruption allegations against the Gulf nation.
The integrity of Qatar’s winning bid for the 2022 tournament has been repeatedly questioned since FIFA’s vote four years ago. The Sunday Times newspaper in Britain reported that it had obtained millions of pieces of evidence detailing irregular payments.
Mohamed bin Hammam, a Qatari former member of FIFA’s executive committee, was accused of giving football officials payments totaling $5 million to build support for his nation’s bid.
Four members of FIFA’s 24-man executive committee were banned or resigned following allegations of rule-breaking by bidders and favor-seeking made during bidding for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups.
Knicks’ Jackson fined for tampering
NBA: Knicks president Phil Jackson has been fined $25,000 by the NBA for a tampering violation involving veteran guard Derek Fisher.
Jackson told reporters last week that Fisher is “on my list of guys that could be very good candidates” to coach the Knicks next season.
Because Fisher is under contract with the Oklahoma City Thunder, that was deemed to be in violation of league rules.
Leonard captures bid to U.S. Open
Golf: After three years of coming up short in qualifying, Justin Leonard earned a return to the U.S. Open.
The 1997 British Open champion, who has won 12 times on the PGA Tour but not since 2008, was among the 16 players at the Columbus, Ohio, site who qualified for the U.S. Open at Pinehurst, North Carolina, June 12-15.