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Sports briefs: June 30

Paul Kariya, who is 36, is retiring after 15 seasons in the NHL. He missed last season with concussion symptoms.
Paul Kariya, who is 36, is retiring after 15 seasons in the NHL. He missed last season with concussion symptoms. AP


Kariya retires after 15 seasons

Paul Kariya is retiring from the NHL, unable to return from post-concussion symptoms that forced him to miss all of last season.

The former star left wing finished his 15-season NHL career with the St. Louis Blues. Kariya missed six games in December and January of the 2009-10 season because of a concussion and announced last August that he would sit out the entire 2010-11 season after being examined by concussion specialist Dr. Mark Lovell.

Kariya, 36, scored 402 goals and helped set up 587 others in a stellar career with Anaheim, Colorado, Nashville and St. Louis. He was also a two-time Lady Byng Trophy winner.


Brazil, Norway wrangle hard-fought wins at World Cup

A second-half strike by Rosana earned Brazil a 1-0 victory over Australia in its opening match at the Women's World Cup on Wednesday. The breakthrough in a hard-fought Group D match came in the 54th minute, when Cristiane capitalized on some scrappy Australian defending to head the ball to the 28-year-old Rosana, who took one touch past a defender before unleashing her shot past the helpless Melissa Barbieri.

In the other Group D match, Emilie Haavi finally broke down the Equatorial Guinea defense in the 84th minute to give Norway a narrow 1-0 win in its opening Women's World Cup game.

Norway had already hit the post three times on Wednesday and looked like it would have to settle for a 0-0 draw against the tournament outsiders. Then substitute Leni Larsen Kaurin broke free on the right and passed low into an open center where Haavi found the goal.


UK's Lott just misses La. Amateur title

Louisiana-Monroe's Ali Lucas defeated top-seeded Kentucky sophomore Heather Lott 1-up to win the Louisiana Women's Golf Association Amateur Championship. Lott, of Baton Rouge, won the first two holes of the championship match. Lucas birdied the sixth hole to pull within one hole, but carried a two-hole deficit into the back nine. But on the par-4 10th hole, she chipped in for birdie and squared the match on 11 before sinking a 5-foot putt on the 13th to take the lead for good.


Hutsell takes National Championship

David Hutsell won the 44th PGA Professional National Championship on Wednesday, beating Faber Jamerson with a birdie on the second hole of a playoff. Hutsell closed with a 3-under 68 on the Hershey (Pa.) Country Club's East Course to match Jamerson (70) and Scott Erdmann (72) at 11-under 274. Erdmann dropped out of the playoff with a bogey on the first extra hole. Keith Ohr, the PGA head professional at Wildwood Country Club in Louisville, did not qualify.


Notre Dame's Floyd gets probation

Suspended Notre Dame wide receiver Michael Floyd pleaded guilty Wednesday to misdemeanor drunken driving and was sentenced to a year of probation. Whether he plays next season remains unclear.

St. Joseph County Magistrate Brian Steinke gave Floyd a one-year jail sentence that was suspended as part of a plea agreement. He also said Floyd cannot drive for 90 days, and when he does he must have an ignition device installed on his vehicle for six months that won't allow it to start if his blood-alcohol level is too high.

Bully XIX, the bulldog who served as Mississippi State University's mascot from 2001 to 2009, has been euthanized because of declining health. In recent years, he had been diagnosed and treated for several diseases, including osteoarthritis and inflammatory bowel disease.


Gamecocks celebrate back-to-back titles

The Gamecocks flag is flying on top of the South Carolina state capitol. Columbia's classic rock station is taking requests for the school's fight song and state senators briefly put aside debate on redistricting to call for university trustees to name the baseball stadium after the team's head coach, Ray Tanner.

Yep, Columbia is celebrating South Carolina's second straight baseball national championship.

The team came home Wednesday to 11,820 screaming fans at the school's basketball arena. On the stage was the 2010 trophy. Captain Scott Wingo brought in the 2011 trophy.


Florida distance runner kicked off teamafter his arrest on sexual battery charge

A University of Florida distance runner has been arrested on a sexual battery charge for allegedly raping his roommate's friend.

Andries Dumisane Hlaselo, a 22-year-old South African who holds his country's junior national record in the 1,500 meters, was kicked off the team following his arrest Tuesday. Florida officials call the charges "deeply disturbing."

Hlaselo, a junior, is being held at the Alachua County jail on a $100,000 bond. The incident happened June 12, according to a Gainesville Police Department arrest report.

The victim told police she fell asleep at Hlaselo and his roommate's home. She awoke to find Hlaselo sexually assaulting her, according to the report. She told him to stop and then forcefully shoved him to the floor.

Hlaselo told police he entered his roommate's bedroom naked with the intention of having sex with the victim, according to the report. He told police he had sex with her while she was semiconscious and without her consent, according to the report. He left when she woke up and began "freaking out."

The last word

Seattle Mariners' Chris Gimenez struck out on a fastball down the middle while hiding an oblique injury. Said Gimenez:

"I just got as close as I possibly could to the plate and was like, 'Just hit me. Please hit me.' I got to 3-2 and had a shot and then he throws it right down the middle and everybody is booing me and I'm like, 'This is great.'"