College Baseball


Smoak named first team All-American

South Carolina first baseman Justin Smoak has earned first team All-America honors from the American Baseball Coaches Association.

South Carolina's leading hitter has also received first-team accolades from Baseball America , Collegiate Baseball , rivals.com and the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association.

- University of South Carolina trustees gave initial approval Wednesday to a plan that would have season-ticket buyers pay tax-deductible fees that range from $25 to $1,500 on top of the price for season tickets.

The price for 2009 season tickets will remain $210.


Spain stays perfect, sends Greece home

In Salzburg, Austria, Spain finished the first round of the European Championship with a perfect record thanks to a 2-1 victory over Greece, sending the defending champions home with no points.

Spain has won nine consecutive games and is unbeaten in 19.

- In Innsbruck, Austria, Russia dominated Sweden 2-0 in a Group D elimination game, sending the Russians to the European Championship quarterfinals.

Olympic Trials

Phelps set to swim in nine Trials races

Michael Phelps is entered in nine events at next week's U.S. Olympic swimming trials.

The six-time Olympic gold medalist plans an ambitious schedule for the eight-day trials, which begin June 29.

Phelps is entered in the 100- and 200-meter freestyles, the 200 and 400 individual medleys, the 100 and 200 backstrokes, the 100 and 200 butterflys and the 400 free.

- In Indianapolis, the veteran and the youngster were 1-2 after the 10-meter preliminaries at the U.S. Olympic diving trials.

Laura Wilkinson , the 2000 Olympic platform champion seeking a third Olympic berth at age 30, totaled 362.00 points.

Haley Ishimatsu , a 15-year-old from Seal Beach, Calif., had 360.70 points.


Dream suffer their 11th loss in a row

In Atlanta, Becky Hammon had 25 points and a season-high nine assists, Ann Wauters added 18 points and 14 rebounds, and the San Antonio Silver Stars beat the winless Atlanta Dream 81-66.

Atlanta (0-11) is two losses away from becoming the second team in WNBA history to open a season with 13 consecutive losses.

- Indianapolis and New Orleans are among 10 cities that submitted bids to host the 2012-16 NCAA Men's Final Four.

San Antonio, which hosted this year's final won by Kansas; Detroit, the 2009 host; Houston (2011) and Indianapolis (2010), which has held more Final Fours than any other city -- five -- are all in the running again.

Phoenix is the only city looking to hold their first Final Four. Atlanta, Minneapolis, St. Louis and Arlington-Dallas-Fort Worth, are the other prospective hosts.

Finalists will be announced in August and the five winning cities will be revealed in November.


Kuznetsova upset in Wimbledon warmup

In Eastbourne, England, Svetlana Kuznetsova , the top seed in the Eastbourne International Women's Open, was upset 6-2, 6-2 by Danish teenager Caroline Wozniacki in the second round.

The Wimbledon warmup event lost another top player when Amelie Mauresmo retired with a thigh strain while leading Samantha Stosur 2-1.


Board of governors approves two deals

The NHL board of governors has unanimously approved the sale of the Edmonton Oilers to Canadian billionaire Daryl Katz , and the purchase of the Tampa Bay Lightning by a group of investors led by Oren Koules and Len Barrie .



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