Dogs bow out in super regionals
In Knoxville, Tenn., Tennessee eliminated Georgia with a 2-1 win in the decisive Game 3 of their NCAA Division I super regional Sunday.
Lady Volunteers starter Ivy Renfroe allowed just three hits and had six strikeouts and two walks in Game 3.
Georgia’s Erin Arevalo gave up just two hits to earn the complete-game win in the Bulldogs’ 1-0 victory in Game 2, forcing the winner-take-all contest.
Catchings helps Fever top Dream
In Atlanta, Tamika Catchings had 25 points and 12 rebounds, Katie Douglas added 16 points and the Indiana Fever beat the Atlanta Dream 78-62.
Catchings’ double-double was her 73rd, the fifth-most on the WNBA’s career list, and helped Indiana (3-0) win its second in a row over the Dream after losing the Eastern Conference Finals to Atlanta last year.
Angel McCoughtry finished with 21 points and Lindsey Harding added 13 for Atlanta, which had a six-game home winning streak over the Fever snapped.
Catchings, last year’s league MVP, took charge in the second quarter. She scored 17 points in the period, going 9 for 9 on free throws, banking in a 6-foot runner to force the game’s first tie at 28-all and hitting a 3-pointer to make it 31-31.
Wildcats capture national crown
In Stony Brook, N.Y., Taylor Thornton scored the winning goal with 9:55 left and Northwestern won its seventh NCAA women’s lacrosse championship in eight years, beating Syracuse 8-6 on Sunday night.
Thornton got past defender Natalie Glennell and put a high shot past goaltender Alyssa Costantino.
Shannon Smith scored twice and had two assists for Northwestern. Last year in the final, Smith scored four goals in an 8-7 victory over Maryland.
Erin Fitzgerald also scored twice for the Wildcats, who rallied from a pair of two-goal deficits in the first half. Casey Bocket, Jessica Russo and Amanda Macaluso added goals.
Canadian rallies to win Giro title
In Milan, Ryder Hesjedal became the first Canadian to win one of cycling’s three major tour races, capturing the Giro d’Italia on Sunday by overtaking Spain’s Joaquin Rodriguez in the final stage.
Hesjedal started the 21st stage 31 seconds behind the leader but finished 16 seconds ahead of Rodriguez in the overall standings. He completed the 17.5-mile individual time trial in 34 minutes, 15 seconds. That was good for sixth place – 20 spots ahead of Rodriguez in the 95th edition of the race.
Evans is sixth in Olympic tuneup
In Irvine, Calif., Janet Evans finished sixth in the 800-meter freestyle Sunday at the Speedo Grand Challenge in the former Olympic champion’s final tuneup meet before the Olympic trials next month when she’ll try to make the U.S. team at 40.
Haley Anderson, who also competes in open water swimming, won the race in
8 minutes, 33.65 seconds. The 20-year-old who swims at Southern California will try to make the London Olympics in an open-water qualifier June 9 in Portugal.
Anderson raced former Olympian Kate Ziegler to the wall, with Ziegler touching second in 8:33.97. Ziegler won the 200 and 400 freestyles earlier in the three-day meet.