College World Series
Arizona's Wade goes distance in opening win vs. Gamecocks
Konner Wade threw his third straight complete game, Robert Refsnyder homered for the second game in a row and Arizona beat two-time defending national champion South Carolina 5-1 in the opener of the College World Series finals Sunday night in Omaha, Neb.
Wade (11-3) limited the Gamecocks to six hits in a steady outing to help the Wildcats (47-17) move within a win of their first national championship since 1986 and fourth overall.
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The Gamecocks (49-19) must beat Arizona twice to become the first team since Southern California in the early 1970s to win three championships in a row.
Refsnyder, batting .444 (8 of 18) in the CWS, went 2-for-3 and was intentionally walked twice. He hit a two-run homer off Forrest Koumas (2-3) in the first to give Arizona the lead, and he scored in the fifth on Bobby Brown's single to make it a four-run game.
Unbeaten Black Caviar might be retired
Black Caviar's narrow victory in front of Queen Elizabeth II at Royal Ascot in London might have been the unbeaten Australian mare's last race. The 6-year-old Black Caviar's mere presence created a real buzz at Ascot meeting, but the Australian horse tore back muscles during her victory in the Diamond Jubilee Stakes on Saturday, which extended her winning streak to 22 races.
Black Caviar's owners will make a decision on her future in the next three or four weeks and retirement is an option for the world's second-ranked flat racing horse, who gained a status akin to a national heroine in Australia after her Ascot triumph.
■ Strait of Dover won the $1 million Queen's Plate on Sunday at Woodbine, beating filly Irish Mission by 11/4 lengths in the first leg of the Canadian triple crown in Toronto. Ridden by Justin Stein, Strait of Dover led from start to finish, running 11/4 miles in 2:01.99 in a light rain to break the Polytrack record at Woodbine.
Senior City Golf ChampionshipMorris' Legends title his fifth in event
Mendel Morris of Lexington won his fifth career title Sunday in the Senior City Golf Championship.
Playing in the Legends Division for golfers 70 and older, Morris carded a 71 Friday on the Gay Brewer Jr. Course at Picadome, a 75 Saturday at Lakeside and a 72 Sunday at Kearney Hill Golf Links for an 218 total, 19 shots better than his closest competitor.
Morris won the Super Senior Division for golfers 60 and older in 2002, 2004, 2005 and 2007.
Alan Steele won this year's Senior title in the 50-59 age group with a 54-hole total of 221. Robert Murray took the Super Senior Division with a 224 total.
WKU's Bradley denied hardship waiver
The NCAA denied Michael Bradley's request for a hardship waiver, Western Kentucky officials confirmed Sunday.
Bradley, a 6-10 redshirt sophomore forward, transferred from Connecticut last month and requested a hardship waiver due to his cancer-stricken grandmother who lives in Chattanooga.
Both Bradley and Coach Ray Harper declined further comment, and the school plans to appeal the decision.
European Soccer championship
Italy beats England on penalty kicks
Alessandro Diamanti scored the decisive penalty kick Sunday to give Italy a 4-2 shootout win over England and a spot in the European Championship semifinals in Kiev, Ukraine. Ashley Young hit the crossbar with England's third, and Ashley Cole's attempt was then saved by Italy goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon diving to his left.
The match ended 0-0 after 120 minutes of play. The Italians twice hit the post. Diamanti clipped the post with a curling cross in the 101st minute, and swept a clear shot wide.
Daniele De Rossi hit the post in the third minute, and Buffon saved a shot from Glen Johnson in the fifth.
Italy will next play Germany in the semifinals on Thursday in Warsaw, Poland. Defending champion Spain plays Portugal on Wednesday in Donetsk, Ukraine.
Former Dixie Heights star Pike arrested
Auburn freshman quarterback Zeke Pike was arrested and charged with public intoxication Saturday night, Alabama.com reported. He was later released on a $300 bond. The former Dixie Heights star arrived in Auburn in January and participated in spring practice, battling for time at quarterback with Kiehl Frazier and Clint Moseley.
The last word
The question drew a chuckle from Novak Djokovic. Could the prestigious Grand Slam tournament Wimbledon, which starts on Monday, be thought of as a dress rehearsal this year? After all, the tennis portion of the London Olympics will be held on the same grass courts at the All England Club, starting July 28, three weeks following the end of Wimbledon:
"I don't believe that Wimbledon can be rehearsal for anything. It's (the) most respected, most well-known, most valuable tennis tournament in the world. This is, in my opinion, the pinnacle of our sport."