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In brief: Oregon men win outdoor track and field title

Sun., June 15, 2014

Oregon athletes hold up the national championship trophy after winning the men's title at the NCAA Championships. (Associated Press)
Oregon athletes hold up the national championship trophy after winning the men's title at the NCAA Championships. (Associated Press)

Track and field: Oregon senior Mac Fleet successfully defended his title in the 1,500 meters Saturday at the NCAA track and field championships in Eugene, denying Arizona senior Lawi Lalang a ninth national title in his final college race.

Fleet pulled ahead down the stretch and bore down for the final 50 meters to win in a personal-best 3 minutes, 39.09 seconds, with Lalang close behind in 3:39.13 to the delight of the Ducks’ home crowd at Hayward Field.

Fleet’s victory helped push the Oregon men (88 points) to the team’s first outdoor national title since 1984. Texas A&M (75 points) won the women’s title on the final day of the event.

The Ducks, who have won eight straight Pac-12 titles, also claimed the NCAA indoor championship this year. Florida finished second in the men’s standings with 70 points.

The Texas women were the runners-up to the Aggies with 66 points. Oregon finished third with 59.

Florida’s men defended their 400 relay title in 38.73 seconds, while Texas A&M defended on the women’s side in 42.80. The victory pulled the Aggies into the points lead.

Oregon junior Sam Crouser won the javelin with a throw of 252 feet, 7 inches. Shortly thereafter, Ducks freshman Devon Allen won the 110 hurdles in a meet record 13:16, which gave Oregon the points it needed to win the team title. Allen is the first freshman to win the national title in the event since San Jose State’s Dedy Cooper in 1976.

Arizona State junior Shelby Houlihan won the women’s 1,500 in 4:18.10.

• Jamaican men win: Jamaica’s Warren Weir won the 200 meters in a world-best 19.82 seconds and countryman Nesta Carter took the 100 in 10.09 in the Adidas Grand Prix at Randall’s Island in New York City. American Tori Bowie took the 100 in 11.07, and teammate Tianna Bartoletta won the 200 in 22.68. Queen Harrison won the women’s 100 hurdles in 12.62, beating fellow American Dawn Harper-Nelson by 0.01 seconds. American Francena McCorory took the women’s 400 in 50.15.

Irvine wins at CWS

Men’s baseball: Taylor Sparks hit his nation-leading ninth triple of the season to fuel UC Irvine’s three-run eighth inning in the Anteaters’ 3-1 victory over Texas in the opening game of the College World Series in Omaha, Nebraska.

• Vandy tops Louisville: Dansby Swanson doubled in two runs and Adam Ravenelle pitched 2 1/3 innings of shutout relief to help Vanderbilt beat Louisville 5-3 in the College World Series nightcap.

• Reed awarded Howser: Kentucky two-way star A.J. Reed is winner of the Dick Howser Trophy as the top player in college baseball. The Houston Astros’ second-round draft pick hit a nation-leading 23 home runs and had a 12-2 record as a pitcher.

Talamo wins twice

Horse racing: Obviously won the $400,000 Shoemaker Mile for the second straight year and Iotapa scored an upset victory in the $300,000 Vanity Stakes, giving jockey Joe Talamo a sweep of the Grade 1 races at Santa Anita in Arcadia, California.

• Endofanera wins big: JK Endofanera won the $1 million North America Cup in Campbellville, Ontario, beating Tellitlikeitis by a half-length in Canada’s richest harness race.

• Moonshine Mullin shines: Moonshine Mullin pulled off an upset in the Stephen Foster Handicap in Louisville, Kentucky to become the first qualifier for the Breeders’ Cup Classic, holding off Will Take Charge by 1 3/4 lengths to win at Churchill Downs.

US blanks France

Soccer: Hope Solo got her 71st career shutout, Sydney Leroux scored a first-half goal, and the United States women’s team beat France 1-0 in a friendly in Tampa, Florida.

Ivanovic makes final

Tennis: Ana Ivanovic reached her first final on grass at the Aegon Classic in Birmingham, England. Ivanovic beat ninth-seeded Zhang Shuai of China 6-2, 6-2. In today’s final, Ivanovic faces Barbora Zahlavova Strycova, who topped 16th-seeded Australian Casey Dellacqua 7-6 (5), 6-1.

• Federer advances: Six-time champion Roger Federer will play Alejandro Falla in the final of the Gerry Weber Open after both won their semifinals in Halle, Germany. Federer defeated the fourth-seeded Kei Nishikori 6-3, 7-6 (4). Falla rallied to beat 2011 champion Philipp Kohlschreiber 5-7, 7-6 (5), 6-4.

Contador grabs lead

Cycling: Lieuwe Westra came from behind to win the seventh stage of the Criterium du Dauphine in France, while Alberto Contador took an eight-second overall lead over defending champion Chris Froome.


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