Arizona beats Florida State, reaches World Series finals
Arizona converted three errors into a six-run first inning and advanced to the College World Series finals with a 10-3 victory over Florida State on Thursday in Omaha, Neb.
Freshman starter Brandon Leibrandt (8-3) was pulled after he recorded just one out for the Seminoles, who used eight pitchers to tie a CWS record for a nine-inning game.
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Robert Refsnyder and Bobby Brown homered in a span of three at-bats in the fourth as the Wildcats built their lead to 10-1.
Kurt Heyer (13-2) worked 71⁄3 innings while taking the national lead for wins.
The Wildcats (46-17) won Bracket 1 and will open the best-of-three finals Sunday. Arizona will be playing for its fourth national championship, and first since 1986.
The Wildcats have won nine games in a row and are 56-0 when scoring nine or more runs since March 2010.
The Seminoles (50-17) were making their 21st appearance in Omaha and no other team has played in the CWS as many times without winning a championship.
Gamecocks, Hogs to play for finals berth
Michael Roth offered yet another example of why he's one of the most dominant pitchers ever at the College World Series. Roth tossed a two-hitter, retiring the last 22 batters he faced, and two-time defending national champion South Carolina eliminated Kent State from the College World Series with a 4-1 victory Thursday. "He is the biggest superstar our game has," Kent State Coach Scott Stricklin said. "He throws 85 mph. He just knows how to pitch." The Gamecocks (48-18) followed that with a late-night 2-0 victory over Arkansas to force another game between those two teams Friday night. The winner will take on Arizona in the championship series.
SPORTS IN THE COURTS
Spurs' Parker sues over eye injury
Spurs guard Tony Parker is suing a New York City club and its operators for $20 million over a scratched retina he says he suffered during a fight involving singer Chris Brown and members of hip-hop star Drake's entourage. The suit was filed in State Supreme Court in Manhattan on Thursday. It says the W.i.P club in SoHo and its operators were negligent in security and supervision, which allowed the fight to take place. Chris Brown, his girlfriend and his bodyguard were among eight injured during the fight inside the club last week. Police say members of Drake's entourage stopped Brown as he was leaving. The fight escalated and bottles were thrown.
Toomer's Corner poisoning trial delayed
A judge on Thursday delayed the trial of an Alabama fan accused of poisoning Auburn's cherished Toomer's Corner oak trees, citing increased media attention stemming from a report this week that the defendant confessed outside the courtroom. Defense attorneys for Harvey Updyke have also asked the judge to move the trial to a different location, saying that the jury pool so close to Auburn University has been tainted. Judge Jacob Walker said Thursday that he would schedule a hearing to consider the request. Prosecutor Robbie Treese objected after the judge's ruling and noted that the issue was "invited by the actions of the defendant." But Walker replied that the report of the confession marked "a very unusual set of circumstances."
Refs file charge against league
The NFL Referees Association filed an unfair labor practice charge against the league with the National Labor Relations Board. The NFL twice sent letters to officials that "contained inaccurate, false and incomplete information" after talks broke down this month, the complaint alleges. The charge, filed Tuesday, says the league violated the National Labor Relations Act by bypassing the NFLRA and trying to "undermine" support among members. Negotiations between the NFL and the referees ended June 3 after two mediation attempts that followed nine bargaining sessions since October. The league has said it would start hiring and training replacement officials.
Duke guard Dawkins to redshirt
Duke Coach Mike Krzyzewski confirmed Thursday that guard Andre Dawkins would redshirt this season for the Blue Devils. Krzyzewski had previously said a decision on Dawkins likely wouldn't come until the fall. Dawkins' father has said his son is still dealing with his sister's death in 2009 in a car wreck while traveling to one of his games. "It's time for him to step away, and it's the right thing," Krzyzewski said. "That's the right thing."
Portugal reaches European semifinals
Cristiano Ronaldo scored with a powerful header late in the match Thursday to send Portugal into the European Championship semifinals with a 1-0 victory over the Czech Republic in Warsaw, Poland. After Ronaldo hit the post twice, he finally moved behind his marker in the 79th minute with all the instincts of an all-out striker and headed the cross from Joao Moutinho straight at the ground and up past the flailing hands of Czech Republic goalkeeper Petr Cech. Portugal, which will play either Spain or France in the semifinals in Donetsk, Ukraine, next Wednesday, is one game away from reaching its second European Championship final in eight years.
CBS launching sports radio network
CBS is launching a sports radio network. CBS Sports Radio's 24-hour talk radio lineup will debut Jan. 2. CBS Sports updates will begin airing Sept. 4 on network affiliate stations. Analysts from CBS Sports, CBS Sports Network and CBSSports.com will appear on programs. Cumulus Media will make CBS Sports Radio programming available on 67 of its owned stations. At its launch, CBS Sports Radio will reach listeners in nine of the nation's top 10 markets, with a cumulative audience reached of close to 10 million listeners.
The last word
Miami Heat forward Udonis Haslem, on the supposedly haunted Skirvin Hilton hotel in Oklahoma City, used by some visiting NBA teams:
"The ghosts ain't knocked on my door, so we're cool."