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Sports briefs: June 3

Women's College World Series

Michigan defeats Florida 1-0 to force a deciding Game 3

Haylie Wagner threw a complete game shutout, and Michigan beat Florida and ace Lauren Haeger 1-0 on Tuesday night in the Women's College World Series to force a deciding third game for the national championship in Oklahoma City.

Wagner, a senior, threw a perfect seventh inning and struck out the final two batters for the Wolverines (60-7), who evened the best-of-three series 1-1. Kelsey Susalla's single knocked in Sierra Lawrence in the first inning for the game's only run.

Haeger gave up four hits but she got no support and fell to 31-2 on the season.

Florida (59-7) could have become the first team to repeat since Arizona in 2006-07. Now, Michigan is still alive for its first title since 2005. The teams meet again Wednesday in a winner-take-all game.

UK football recruitingYoung gets Army All-American invitation

The three best offensive linemen in the state of Kentucky were at Commonwealth Stadium on Tuesday, and one of those players got some very good news about his football future.

Woodford County offensive lineman Drake Jackson posted a photo Tuesday that included him, Lafayette offensive linemen Landon Young and Jedrick Willis, UK freshman offensive lineman George Asafo-Adjei and UK assistant coaches John Schlarman and Vince Marrow. Jackson and Young are considered the top two in-state prospects in the class of 2016, and both have already committed to UK.

Wills — a four-star prospect — is rated by 247Sports as the state's No. 1 player in the class of 2017. He has scholarship offers from UK, Alabama, Florida State, Notre Dame, Florida and several other schools.

"Had great day at UK today," Wills tweeted Tuesday night.

Young also announced Tuesday that he has been selected for the the U.S. Army All-American Bowl, which will be played Jan. 9, 2016 at the Alamodome in San Antonio. The game will be shown live on NBC and features the best high school players in the country.

Jackson will also play in the event.

Young and Jackson move into Rivals 250

Two local University of Kentucky football commitments were among the players who jumped into the Rivals 250 for the class of 2016 when that recruiting service updated its rankings Tuesday.

Lafayette offensive tackle Landon Young was the biggest mover, going from an unranked three-star prospect to the No. 149 overall player in the class. His new four-star designation from Rivals.com means that he now has that ranking from all four major recruiting services.

The No. 149 ranking from Rivals would be the third-highest for a UK commitment under Mark Stoops, who signed Stanley "Boom" Williams (No. 118) and Drew Barker (No. 132) in 2014.

Jackson — a 6-2, 290-pound center from Woodford County — already had a four-star ranking from Rivals.com, but he moved into the Rivals 250 on Tuesday at No. 244 overall. He is also considered a four-star player by every major recruiting service.

Golf

Talley plays her way into U.S. Women's Open

Former Caldwell County star Emma Talley, who won the women's NCAA championship last week, earned a spot in the U.S. Women's Open field by finishing second out at a sectional qualifier at St. Clair Country Club in Belleville, Ill. Australia's Breanna Elliott was the medalist at 4-under par, and she finished one shot ahead of Talley.

Only the top two in the field advanced. University of Louisville standout Laura Restrepo finished fourth at 2 over.

Eric Sugimoto beat Nick Hardy 3 and 1 to lift Southern California past Illinois on Tuesday in the NCAA semifinals in Bradenton, Fla. Southern California will play LSU in the final Wednesday at The Concession Golf Club. LSU topped Georgia 3-1-1.

LSU got to the semifinals by defeating Vanderbilt 3-1-1 earlier in the day. Former Lexington Christian standout Hunter Stewart earned the Commodores' only victory — 3 and 2 — against LSU. Stewart tied for third in the NCAA individual championship, which was completed on Monday.

Baseball

U of L-Fullerton matchup set for Saturday

Louisville's baseball team, the No. 3 national seed in the NCAA Tournament, will continue its pursuit of a third consecutive College World Series berth on Saturday against 13th-ranked Cal State Fullerton in Game 1 of the NCAA Super Regionals at Jim Patterson Stadium. The game between the Cardinals (46-16) and Titans (37-22) is set for 11 a.m. and will be televised on ESPN2. Game 2 of the best-of-three series is scheduled for noon Sunday on either ESPN2 or ESPNU. If necessary, a deciding third game will take place on Monday with the time to be determined.

■ Houston Astros prospect AJ Reed (UK) hit his 14th home run of the season for Class A Advanced Lancaster on Tuesday night. His three-run shot in his second at-bat, plus an RBI single in his first, gave his team a 6-0 lead early on at High Desert.

Ryan O'Hearn had four hits, Elier Hernandez had three, and both knocked in two runs in the Class A Lexington Legends' 10-2 victory at Rome. Kyle Zimmer struck out five batters in two innings to earn his first win with the team.

Horse racingRetired jockey Napravnik gives birth to boy

Retired jockey Rosie Napravnik is a new mom. She gave birth to son Carson Wayne Sharp on Monday in Louisville. He weighed 6 pounds and 15 ounces. Both she and child are doing well, according to her husband, Joe Sharp. Napravnik stunned the horse racing world last October when she announced she would be retiring after winning the Breeders' Cup Distaff aboard Untapable while seven weeks pregnant. She quit after riding in the second day of the world championships at Santa Anita.

TennisWawrinka knocks out Federer at French Open

Stumbling on his way to the net, Roger Federer dropped his racket and fell to his knees on the red clay. Hardly the sort of grace and precision the world has come to expect from the 17-time Grand Slam champion.

There were other unusual sights in Federer's 6-4, 6-3, 7-6 (4) loss in the French Open quarterfinals Tuesday against his pal and Swiss Davis Cup teammate Stan Wawrinka.

"I made 30-something errors today. He, maybe, made one," said Federer, exaggerating a bit.

Rarely injured and appearing in a 62nd consecutive major, Federer received treatment on his right hand from a trainer during a second-set tiebreaker.

"I know that when I play good tennis, when I play my best tennis, I can play so heavy from both sides that it's really tough for the opponent to play," said the eighth-seeded Wawrinka. "That's why Roger was struggling today. It's because I was playing so well."

The last word

NBA Draft prospect Andrew Harrison at his workout Tuesday with the Boston Celtics:

"All the stuff that Kentucky prepares you for really is the clo sest thing to the NBA. I'm happy I went there, I wouldn't trade my experience for anything, and I do feel like I'm prepared."

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