Mississippi State opens with victory against Oregon State
Mississippi State took the lead on Wes Rea's two-run double in the eighth inning, closer Jonathan Holder turned back two Oregon State threats, and the Bulldogs beat the Beavers 5-4 on Saturday in the opening game of the College World Series. The Bulldogs (49-18) advanced to a Monday game against Indiana or Louisville. The Beavers (50-12), the No. 3 national seed, are one loss from elimination.
Hunter Renfroe's hard comebacker off the leg of Matt Boyd (10-4) put runners on first and second in the eighth. Rea then sent a double into the right-center gap. Andy Detz scored easily and Renfroe beat second baseman Andy Peterson's relay throw home.
Holder got out of a jam after Oregon State put two runners on base in the eighth, getting a flyout and striking out pinch hitter Joey Jansen. The Beavers had two runners on base again in the ninth when Danny Hayes drove a ball to right that Renfroe caught on the warning track to end the game and give Holder his 19th save.
Kurt Busch fastest in Michigan practices Kurt Busch led both of Saturday's practice sessions for Sunday's Sprint Cup race at Michigan International Speedway and got the added bonus of different weather conditions during each warm-up. He turned the day's only 200 mph lap on a warm Saturday morning and turned in a 197.368 fast lap during the overcast final period.
"We obviously feel good about our car after being fastest in all three practice sessions," Busch said. "But it's one thing to be fast in practice by yourself and another to be fast in race traffic and with the rubber buildup. ... Right now it's about making the right adjustments under race conditions."
He'll start his No. 78 Chevy on the front row of Sunday's race next to pole winner Carl Edwards.
■ Points leader Regan Smith won the NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Michigan International Speedway, holding off Kyle Larson in the final 10 laps. It was Smith's second win of the year and 11th top-10 finish in 13 starts.
■ Ryan Hunter-Reay continued Andretti Autosport's domination at the Milwaukee Mile, winning the IndyCar event for the second year in a row. Hunter-Reay became the first driver to win back-to-back races at the Mile since Tony Kanaan in 2006 and 2007 when he was driving for — you guessed it, Andretti. Penske Racing's Helio Castroneves was second, and teammate Will Power finished third.
Minor league baseball
Legends' Mondesi added to All-Star team Lexington Legends shortstop Raul Mondesi was added to the South Atlantic League Southern Division All-Star team. The All-Star game will be played Tuesday in Lakewood, N.J. Late additions are made to the rosters because of injuries or promotions involving previously chosen All-Stars.
Mondesi, 17, has played in 58 games for the Legends and is batting .243 with four home runs and 31 RBI. He has 11 stolen bases.
Mondesi joins Legends pitchers Christian Binford and Alec Mills on the Southern Division roster. Mills suffered an elbow injury in his last start Wednesday and will not pitch in the All-Star game, but will travel to Lakewood and take part in All-Star events.
■ Lexington Legends starter Daniel Stumpf (4-5) gave up six runs on 10 hits and three walks in 42⁄3 innings in a 6-1 loss to the host Asheville Tourists on Saturday night.
Byrama takes Vanity at Hollywood Park
Byrama won the $250,250 Vanity Handicap by 3½ lengths at Hollywood Park, giving Hall of Fame jockey Gary Stevens his second Grade I stakes win at the spring-summer meet. Byrama ran 11⁄8 miles in her debut on Cushion Track in 1:51.40 and paid $14, $6.20 and $3 at 6-1 odds. The 4-year-old filly was racing without blinkers for the first time in 10 months. More Chocolate, also making her synthetic track debut, was second and Lady of Fifty finished third as the 8-5 favorite.
■ Captaintreacherous won the $1 million North America Cup on Saturday night at Mohawk Racetrack in Campbellville, Ontario, rallying to take the world's richest pacing event in 1:48.3. Driven by Tim Tetrick, the son of 2008 Cup champion Somebeachsomewhere earned $500,000. The favorite improved to 3-0 this year and has 11 victories in 13 career starts. Twilight Bonfire, a 90-1 shot, was second in the 10-horse field. Wake Up Peter finished third.
Wambach scores 156th in Americans' win
Abby Wambach scored her 156th career international goal to move within two of Mia Hamm's U.S. women's record in the Americans' 4-1 victory over South Korea on Saturday night at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass. Wambach scored on a penalty kick in stoppage time after Alex Morgan was fouled inside the area.
"It's not easy to score in international soccer, no matter who you're playing," Wambach said. "It's a pretty special night and I'm one more (goal) closer to getting (the record). ... I'm glad to have gotten the penalty kick. I think I deserved one earlier, but that's the way it goes."
Kristie Mewis opened the scoring in the third minute with her first international, and Lauren Cheney scored in the seventh minute. Cho Shoyun scored for South Korea in the 26th, and Carli Lloyd made it 3-1 with a 30-yard blast in the 57th minute.
The United States is unbeaten since March 2012, going 29-0-4, and is 8-0-2 on the year. South Korea is 3-4-1 this year.
The last word
From time to time, Dwyane Wade will still extend his arms toward a referee in exasperation after not getting a foul call that he thought he earned. He's tried to do it less this season. The spark was when he saw one of his sons complaining to a referee during a youth-league game, a display that left Wade pointing the finger of blame at himself:
"I'm a role model for Zaire Wade and Zion Wade (his sons) and Dahveon Morris (his nephew). So I go to their games and I hate, I hate, to see them talking back to the ref. I hate it. It burns me up inside every time. I'm like, 'Get back on defense.' And then I look in the mirror and say, 'Well, how can you tell him not to do something when you're doing it?'"