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In brief: TCU advances to College World Series after 16-inning win

TCU’s Garrett Crain, center, celebrates win with teammates. (Associated Press)
TCU’s Garrett Crain, center, celebrates win with teammates. (Associated Press)

College baseball: After 16 innings, 547 pitches and a gutsy game-ending play by a senior who has been there before, TCU is back in the College World Series for the second year in a row.

The Horned Frogs needed a marathon finish to beat Texas A&M 5-4 early Tuesday in Fort Worth, Texas, a week after overcoming a seven-run deficit after two outs in the eighth against North Carolina State just to advance to the NCAA super regional.

“It’s amazing the resiliency that this team has,” said Garrett Crain, who right at 1 a.m. scored the winning run from second base when a ball trickled just beyond the edge of the infield.

Crain had a 10-pitch walk to start the 16th before advancing on a wild pitch. Aggies third baseman Ronnie Gideon then made a nice backhanded stab to keep Evan Skoug’s two-out hard chopper from going down the line. But Crain kept running, through a coach’s stop sign, when the ball fell out of his glove.

Gideon’s one-hop throw skipped by the plate before Crain slid in, sending TCU (49-13) to the College World Series for the third time in six seasons.

The Horned Frogs are set to play LSU on Sunday.

Former Lions OL guilty of assault

NFL: Former Detroit Lions guard Rodney Austin was found guilty in a North Carolina court of four misdemeanor charges stemming from an April accusation of domestic violence.

Austin, who was released days after the allegations surfaced, was found guilty of assault on a female, assault on a child under age 12, interference with an emergency communication and larceny.

He is due back in court for sentencing on Thursday.

• Palmer returns to practice: Arizona Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer is back from a season-ending torn ACL suffered in a game last November.

He took snaps and made throws in 11-on-11 drills, the first day of the team’s three-day June mini-camp.

When practice ended Palmer was asked if he felt he accomplished something.

“No,” Palmer said. “This is just one of the many steps in a long road.”

Palmer admitted to feeling rusty, though he did make some strong and accurate deep throws. He felt the long layoff in his footwork, particularly on running plays, and facing pass rush pressure and coverage.

Johnson’s team penalty overturned

Auto racing: An appeals committee overturned the penalty levied against Jimmie Johnson’s team for receiving two consecutive written warnings.

The P1 penalty of last choice in pit selection for the next race was removed by the three- person panel that heard the Hendrick Motorsports appeal in Concord, North Carolina.

The No. 48 team was warned at the All-Star Race for illegal modifications to the side skirt, and at the Coca-Cola 600 for needing too many attempts to pass prequalifying inspection.

• MWR swaps crew chiefs: Michael Waltrip Racing, seeking a solution for its season-long slump, swapped crew chiefs for Clint Bowyer and David Ragan.

Brian Pattie had been with Bowyer since the team was formed in 2012, but he will move to Ragan’s car.

Billy Scott had been crew chief for the No. 55 Toyota since late 2013, but he will crew chief Bowyer.

MWR also said it is reorganizing support engineers for its two cars. The car chiefs, road mechanics and pit crews were not changed.

Saratoga woos American Pharoah

Miscellany: It may be a long shot, but the prospect of American Pharoah’s next race coming at Saratoga Race Course in Saratoga Springs, New York, this summer has the locals buzzing.

The Bob Baffert-trained horse had barely crossed the finish line in Saturday’s Belmont Stakes to clinch the first Triple Crown since 1978 when people around Saratoga Springs began wondering if American Pharoah will race at the Spa.

The nation’s oldest thoroughbred racetrack has history on its side, but it’s facing stiff competition from New Jersey’s Monmouth Park, home to the $1 million Haskell Invitational, which Baffert has won seven times.

• Dennis claims overall lead: Rohan Dennis took the overall lead at the Criterium du Dauphine after BMC won the team time trial at the warm-up event for the Tour de France in Montagny, France.

• Radwanska advances: Top-seeded Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland dropped just three games in advancing to the second round of the grass-court Nottingham Open in Nottingham, England.

Radwanska beat Alla Kudryavtseva of Russia 6-0, 6-3.

Third-seeded Varvara Lepchenko of the United States and seventh-seeded Magdalena Rybarikova were eliminated.

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