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Sports briefs: June 13

The Florida Gators celebrated after their 8-6 victory against Mississippi State in the super regional in Gainesville, Fla.
The Florida Gators celebrated after their 8-6 victory against Mississippi State in the super regional in Gainesville, Fla. AP

NCAA baseball Tournament

Gators, Gamecocks join Vandy in College World Series

Florida hit a season-high five home runs, including a three-run shot by Preston Tucker in the seventh inning that put the Gators ahead, to beat Mississippi State 8-6 on Sunday in Gainesville, Fla., to advance to the College World Series. Daniel Pigott added two homers. Mississippi State's Nick Vickerson drove in four runs on a three-run home run and an RBI single.

■ Defending national champion South Carolina advanced to the College World Series, too. Christian Walker's homer in the eighth inning broke a 2-all tie and the Gamecocks turned three straight inning-ending double plays to defeat Connecticut 8-2.

Mark Payton had a two-out RBI single to give Texas the lead in the bottom of the sixth, then scored on a throwing error to help Texas beat Arizona State 4-2 on Sunday to win the Austin, Texas, super regional and advance to their record 34th College World Series.

Aaron Westlake hit three two-run home runs to lead host Vanderbilt to a 9-3 win over Oregon State on Saturday night as the Commodores clinched their first trip to the College World Series.

Golf

Frazar wins 1st PGA title in 355th try

Harrison Frazar won his first PGA Tour title in his 355th tournament, beating Robert Karlsson with a par on the third hole of a sudden-death playoff Sunday at the St. Jude Classic in Memphis.

Frazar won a month before turning 40 when Karlsson pushed a par-saving putt 3 feet past the hole. Now the man who was roommates at Texas with Justin Leonard has the biggest paycheck of his career, taking home $1,008,000 after missing a chance to win on the 72nd hole when he made his first bogey of the day. He shot a 3-under 67 to match Karlsson (68) at 13 under.

"I never thought it would happen to be honest with you," Frazar said moments after his victory.

Frazar had been thinking of quitting. He turns 40 on July 29, misses his family back in Texas, and is playing this year on a major medical exemption after separate surgeries on his hip and shoulder last summer. He came into Memphis having made four of nine cuts, though he just qualified for the upcoming U.S. Open at Congressional. "It's pretty cool," Frazar said.

Mark Wiebe parred the third playoff hole following a weather delay and won the Greater Hickory Classic in Conover, N.C., when James Mason missed a four-foot par putt. Wiebe earned his first Champions Tour title since 2008 in a bizarre finish that included a delay following the first extra hole at Rock Barn.

Mason, a Monday qualifier whose last win came in 2002, three-putted from 20 feet to end his chances of earning a one-year playing exemption. Both players birdied the 18th in regulation to finish at a tournament-record 19 under. "A win would have meant everything," said Mason, who was He was 0-for-5 in Champions Tour qualifiers until he shot 62 last Monday. "It would have been the culmination of my career. That probably would have given me another year and a half out here. I still get a nice check, but a win would have been a total redo of my career again."

Kentucky native Kenny Perry eagled the seventh hole and added eight birdies, and his 10-under 62 put him in a tie for eighth place.

■ Louisville native Leah Wigger shot a final-round best 5-under 66 to rally for a third-place finish in the Teva Championship, the LPGA Futures Tour event in Mason, Ohio. Lisa Ferrero shot an even-par 71 to finish at 6 under overall. Wigger was two shots back, and former University of Kentucky star Mallory Blackwelder was 5 over to tie for 38th place. Both Wigger and Blackwelder, along with Glasgow's Whitney Wade, have qualified for next month's U.S. Women's Open.

■ Top-ranked Yani Tseng closed with a 4-under 68 to win the LPGA State Farm Classic in Springfield, Ill., and hand Cristie Kerr her third straight second-place finish.

Auto racing

Franchitti not happy about losing lottery

Dario Franchitti should have been able to really celebrate winning for the first time in Fort Worth, Texas. Instead, he lost ground in IndyCar Series points by losing a lottery that could wind up costing him another championship.

After Franchitti's dominating victory Saturday night on the 1½ -mile, high-banked track, there was still another race in major open-wheel racing's first doubleheader in 30 years. When starting positions for the Saturday night finale were determined by a blind draw during a gameshow-like production between races, Franchitti was 28th on the starting grid and points leader Will Power was third.

"We should never have been in that position," Franchitti said. "To have a championship in the IndyCar Series, drawing the grid out of a hat is a joke. Through no fault of our own, we started 25 places behind Will. Will, he took advantage of it. ... We had a massive handicap."

While three-time series champion Franchitti was able to work his way through the field for a seventh-place finish, the points differential created by the luck — or bad luck — of a draw for the second race could be critical by the end of the season.

Power got to Texas in his Team Penske car with a 16-point lead over Franchitti. The gap was trimmed to seven points after Franchitti won the opener of the Firestone Twins 275s, with Power finishing third. That tripled to 21 after Power won the second 114-lap race.

Etc.

Tyson, Stallone, Chavez inducted into Hall

Mike Tyson broke down in tears and cut short his speech while Sylvester Stallone proclaimed "Yo, Adrian, I did it!" as the two stars were inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame on Sunday in Canastota, N.Y. Mexican champ Julio Cesar Chavez, Russian-born junior welterweight Kostya Tszyu, Mexican trainer Ignacio "Nacho" Beristain and referee Joe Cortez also were inducted.

Tyson tried to honor the late trainer Cus D'Amato, who became his legal guardian after Tyson's mother died. But his eyes welled with tears and he apologized and walked away from the dais after only a moment or two.

■ Overwhelming favorite Majestic City was never challenged by his four fellow 2-year-olds in an easy victory in the $78,470 Willard L. Proctor Memorial Stakes at Hollywood Park in California. Ridden by David Flores for trainer Peter Miller, the Kentucky-bred son of City Zip has won both his lifetime starts and earned $75,570.

■ The Queen's Club finals match between Andy Murray and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga was postponed until Monday after persistent rain prevented any play on Sunday. Mindful of the weather forecast, organizers had moved up the match, but there was only a brief dry spell of about 30 minutes during the afternoon.

The last word

Washington Redskins defensive line coach Jim Haslett to MSNBC.com when asked about the work ethic of Albert Haynesworth:

"He can do almost anything he wants. He doesn't want to do anything. To me that's the issue."

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