College Baseball


Gators rally for win, sweep of Bulldogs

In Athens, Ga., Florida scored six runs in the top of the ninth, highlighted by Preston Tucker's go-ahead three-run home run, to beat Georgia 10-8 and complete a three-game sweep.

Former Greenbrier standout Rich Poythress went 2-for-3 with a home run and three RBI for the Bulldogs (33-15, 14-10 SEC). He is two shy of Gordon Beckham's record 77 RBI last year.

- In Columbia, Blake Cooper threw a complete game and Jackie Bradley Jr. went 3-for-5 with a homer to lead South Carolina to a 11-3 win and a three-game sweep of Vanderbilt.

Cooper allowed 12 hits and struck out six for the Gamecocks (30-18, 12-12 SEC).

- In Clemson, S.C., John Nester and Jason Stolz had two hits each as Clemson held on for a 7-4 win over Maryland in the first game of a doubleheader. Scott Weisman (1-0) earned his first career win for the Tigers (32-15,16-10 ACC).

- In Atlanta, Brandon Cumpton carried a perfect game into the seventh inning and Chase Burnette went 6-for-6 with three home runs and three doubles to lead Georgia Tech (31-11-1) to a 23-3 win over Presbyterian.

- In Milledgeville, Ga., Augusta State rallied past Georgia College 9-8 in the rubber game of a three-game series and the teams' last games before the conference tournament starts this week.

Alex Sickman led the Jaguars (25-30, 11-16 PBC) at the plate with three hits, five RBI and two homers.


Nadal captures 4th Rome Masters title

Rafael Nadal is looking unstoppable on clay for a fifth consecutive year.

The top-ranked Spaniard won his record fourth Rome Masters, beating defending champion Novak Djokovic 7-6 (2), 6-2 for his third clay-court title in three weeks, adding to his victories at the Monte Carlo Masters and Barcelona Open.

In three weeks, the Spaniard will be aiming for a record fifth consecutive title at the French Open, which would break a tie with Bjorn Borg , who won six overall.

Djokovic is the only player to take a set from Nadal on clay this year, in the Monte Carlo final two weeks ago. He had rallied Saturday to beat Roger Federer in the semifinals.

- In Stuttgart, Germnay, Svetlana Kuznetsova upset top-ranked Dinara Safina 6-4, 6-3 to win the Porsche Grand Prix and capture her first WTA title since September 2007. It was Safina's first tournament since becoming No. 1 two weeks ago.


Armstrong teammate wins Tour of the Gila

The last big test for Lance Armstrong before the Giro d'Italia was more than 105 miles of steep roads and windy descents in the mountains of southwestern New Mexico.

It was the hardest stage of the Tour of the Gila, but Armstrong and teammates Levi Leipheimer and Chris Horner passed the test. The Astana riders, who entered the five-day event as independents, used the tour as a tune-up for the upcoming race in Italy.

Armstrong said he feels good enough to be a contender for some stage wins in Italy but that Leipheimer has the best chance for an overall win.

Leipheimer won the Tour of the Gila after finishing first in two of the early stages and coming in third behind Armstrong in the last stage, dubbed the Gila Monster. Armstrong moved up in the overall classification from fourth to second after Sunday's stage.


New Orleans tight end, receiver jailed

In River Ridge, La., New Orleans Saints wide receiver Biren Ealy and tight end Kolomona Kapanui were charged Sunday with obscenity, disturbing the peace and lewd conduct after being accused of being drunk, urinating in public and exposing themselves.

Both were jailed on $4,250 bonds, the Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office announced.

- Boston Red Sox executive Michael Dee was hired as chief executive officer of the Miami Dolphins and Dolphin Stadium.



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