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Briefly

Compiled from wire reports The Spokesman-Review

UCLA advanced to the Women’s College World Series on Sunday night in Oklahoma City, scoring all its runs against Texas starter Meagan Denny in the first inning and beating the Longhorns 3-0.

UCLA (39-18) will face either Michigan or Tennessee in the best-of-3 title series. Michigan and Tennessee were tied 0-0 in the 10th inning Sunday night. If the Wolverines win, they advance to the title series. A Tennessee victory would mean the two teams play again today to advance.

Alabama (63-15) advanced to its second elimination game of the day after beating DePaul 2-1 on Capper Reed’s single up the middle in the bottom of the 12th inning, eliminating the Blue Demons.

Later, the Crimson Tide were eliminated as Monica Abbott allowed just four hits in Tennessee’s 4-0 win over Alabama.

In an earlier game, Texas eliminate Arizona 1-0 when Mickayla Padilla scored on an errant throw and Cat Osterman pitched out of a bases-loaded jam in the 11th inning. The Wildcats’ senior class became the first since 1987 to leave Arizona without a championship.

Cycling

Armstrong fifth in Dauphine Libere

Lance Armstrong finished fifth in the prologue of the Dauphine Libere at Aix-Les-Bains, France, a tuneup race leading to his bid next month for a seventh straight Tour de France title.

George Hincapie, a U.S. cyclist who rides for Armstrong’s Discovery Channel team, won the stage in 9 minutes, 55 seconds. Americans took four of the top five spots in the 4.9-mile sprint, with Levi Leipheimer second, followed by Andrey Kashechkin of Kazakhstan, Floyd Landis and Armstrong.

•Chris Wherry won the Wachovia/USPRO Cycling Championship in Philadelphia as Americans took the top three spots for the second time in the 21-year history of the event.

Wherry, 31, of the Health Net Maxxis team, held off late sprint attempts from Danny Pate of Jelly Belly-Pool Gel and Chris Horner of Prodir Saunier Duval after all three completed the 156-mile course in 6 hours, 1 minute, 16 seconds.

Running

Cheboiboch wins Rock ‘n’ Roll

Christopher Cheboiboch might have really rocked the joint if he hadn’t been weakened by the flu.

Cheboiboch pulled away from fellow Kenyan Stephen Kiogora with about five miles to go and won the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon in San Diego in 2 hours, 9 minutes, 17 seconds.

•Maurice Greene finished second to Mark Lewis-Francis in the 100 meters at the Norwich Union Grand Prix in Glasgow, Scotland.

Lewis-Francis won in 10.43 seconds in breezy, overcast conditions. Greene finished in 10.44, with Briton Jason Gardener third in 10.50.

Football

Taylor faces assault charges

Washington Redskins free safety Sean Taylor was released on $16,500 bond in Miami, after he was arrested and charged with aggravated assault with a firearm.

Taylor, 22, turned himself in to Miami-Dade County police Saturday and was released later that night, Miami-Dade corrections spokeswoman Janelle Hall said Sunday. Since Taylor was set free, the Miami-Dade County clerk’s office will set an arraignment date later.

Taylor was accompanied by defense attorney Fred Moldovan when he surrendered on charges of aggravated assault with a firearm and simple battery, police said.

According to a police statement, Taylor pointed a gun at an unidentified person Wednesday during a dispute over two all-terrain vehicles he claimed were stolen. Taylor left the scene but returned about 10 minutes later and punched one person.

Gymnastics

Romanians defend European titles

Romanians Marian Dragulescu and Catalina Ponor were the only defending champions to win titles at the European Individual Artistic Gymnastics Championships in Debrecen, Hungary.

Dragulescu, a silver medalist at the Athens Olympics, won the men’s floors, his sixth European title in the event. Romania’s Razvan Dorin Selariu was second, with Hungary’s Robert Gal third.

Hungary’s Krisztian Berki recorded the competition’s highest score on the pommel horse – 9.775 points – to win the title. He beat Romania’s Marius Urzica – a former Olympic, world and European champion – and Russia’s Nikolai Kryukov.

College baseball

Indiana University’s coach resigns

Indiana University baseball coach Bob Morgan resigned, ending a 22-year career with the Hoosiers.

Morgan was 1,070-586-6 in 30 years coaching at the Division I level, including 782-499-4 at Indiana. The Hoosiers won 35 games or more in 11 seasons, including a school-record 57 wins in 1985, but struggled with losing records the past two years.