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In brief: Trey Teakell, TCU eliminate LSU from College World Series

TCU pitcher Preston Guillory closed out the Horned Frogs’ elimination win Thursday over LSU at the College World Series. (Associated Press)
TCU pitcher Preston Guillory closed out the Horned Frogs’ elimination win Thursday over LSU at the College World Series. (Associated Press)

College baseball: Trey Teakell pitched 4 1/3 innings of no-hit relief, Dane Steinhagen drove in three runs and TCU defeated LSU (54-12) 8-4 in a College World Series elimination game Thursday night in Omaha, Nebraska.

The Horned Frogs (51-14), who beat the No. 2 national seed for the second time in five days, will play Vanderbilt on Friday night. TCU would have to beat the defending national champion Commodores twice to advance to next week’s best-of-three finals.

Teakell (3-1) took over for starter Mitchell Traver with one out in the fourth and the game tied at 3. The fifth-year senior retired all 13 batters he faced. Preston Guillory worked the final 1 1/3 innings.

TCU broke a 3-all tie in the fifth. Evan Skoug doubled in the go-ahead run and Steinhagen singled in two more. The Frogs added a couple of insurance runs in the seventh on a groundout and Steinhagen’s RBI single.

Gordon exercises player option

NBA: New Orleans Pelicans guard Eric Gordon has exercised the final-year option in his contract, which will pay him about $15.5 million next season.

The 26-year-old Gordon could have become a free agent next month under the terms of a four-year, $58 million contract he signed in 2012.

Gordon averaged a career-low 13.4 points in 61 games this season, but shot a career-best 45 percent on 3s.

• Green stays with Griz: Grizzlies forward Jeff Green has exercised his player option keeping him with Memphis for the 2015-16 season.

The 6-foot-9, 235-pound Green averaged 16 points, 4.2 rebounds and 1.7 assists in 78 games this season with Boston and Memphis. The Grizzlies acquired him in a three-team trade Jan. 12.

• Finals sets records: The NBA Finals, which produced record viewership for ABC, also gave the league its best results in retail and digital categories.

The league says that Wednesday, the day after Golden State’s title-winning victory over Cleveland in Game 6, was the highest-selling day in history, with a triple-digit increase over the record set in 2010 during the Lakers-Celtics finals.

The six games averaged nearly 20 million viewers, the highest since ABC began televising the finals.

Benson prevails in succession suit

Miscellany: A judge has ruled that New Orleans Saints and Pelicans owner Tom Benson remains competent to run his business empire.

The ruling legally upholds Benson’s decision nearly six months ago to place his third wife, Gayle, first in line to inherit control of his NFL and NBA teams instead of recently disowned heirs who had been groomed to take over.

Benson’s daughter, Renee Benson, and her children, Rita and Ryan LeBlanc, sued in January, asking the court to rule that their patriarch was mentally unsound and being unduly manipulated by his wife when he changed his succession plan.

• LSU disciplines players: LSU coach Les Miles has suspended quarterback Anthony Jennings and three other players indefinitely following their arrests.

LSU police have booked Jennings, defensive back Dwayne Thomas and defensive tackle Maquedius Bain with unauthorized entry of a residence.

Defensive lineman Trey Lealaimatafao has been booked by Baton Rouge Police with simple battery and attempted simple robbery.

• Senators extend Cameron: The Ottawa Senators have signed head coach Dave Cameron to a two-year contract extension.

Cameron is under contract to the NHL club through the 2016-17 season.

Cameron, 56, was promoted to head coach last December after Paul MacLean was fired. The Senators were 32-15-8 under Cameron, rallying from a 14-point deficit to secure an Eastern Conference wild-card playoff spot.

• Bility will run: Musa Bility, the president of the Liberia Football Association, is seeking the FIFA presidency, saying Africa should take the lead rebuilding world soccer’s governing body as it reels from criminal investigations.

Bility is the second candidate to emerge since Sepp Blatter announced on June 2 – four days after being re-elected to a fifth term – that he would step down amid the corruption scandal rocking FIFA.

Former Brazil star Zico has already declared his interest in running in the election, which is expected to be held between December and February.

• Brady ball for sale: A properly inflated ball from the game in which Tom Brady used underinflated footballs is up for auction.

Bidding starts at $25,000 in the auction running through July 17.

An NFL-commissioned report found that during a halftime examination, 11 of the 12 balls used by the New England Patriots offense were under the league-mandated minimum of 12.5 pounds per square inch. The balls were re-inflated for the second half against the Indianapolis Colts.

• Glendale won’t pay: The city of Glendale, Arizona, is seeking court approval to skip a $3.75 million quarterly payment to the Arizona Coyotes.

An attorney hired by the city filed a motion asking a Maricopa County Superior Court judge to allow Glendale to either withhold the fourth-quarter payment due July 1 to IceArizona or deposit the money in an escrow account.

The City Council voted last week to terminate a 15-year, $225 million lease agreement with the Coyotes, citing a conflict-of-interest law.

• Beavs hire Stansbury: Todd Stansbury, the athletic director at Central Florida for more than three years, was named athletic director at Oregon State.

The move represents a homecoming for Stansbury, who was at Oregon State as an executive associate athletic director from 2003-12 before taking the UCF position.

He succeeds Bob De Carolis, who resigned in May after nearly 17 years at Oregon State, including nearly 13 years as athletic director.

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