College Softball


'Dogs sweep, earn World Series berth

In Athens, Ga., Megan Williams hit a grand slam in the second inning to lead Georgia to a 10-1 victory over California in five innings Saturday to sweep the best-of-three NCAA Athens Super Regional and advance to the Women's College World Series.

Georgia (48-11) advances to the World Series for the second consecutive year after making the program's initial appearance at the event last year. California concludes its season at 44-19.


Alabamian records eGolf Tour victory

In Ninety Six, S.C., three area players finished in the top 20 in the eGolf Tour's Grand Harbor Open, which ended Saturday.

Former USC Aiken golfer Ryan Dillon (4-under-par 67 on Saturday) and ex-Augusta State golfer Emmett Turner (70) tied for 14th place at 12-under 273. Aiken native Matt Hendrix (70) tied for 20th place at 274.

Scott Weatherly, of Fort Payne, Ala., closed with 68 to finish at 266 and beat Jesse Mueller (69) by a shot. Weatherly won $34,427.

Of the other area golfers who made the cut, Jay Haas Jr. (70) tied for 22nd place at 275, David Robinson (68) tied for 27th at 276, Scott Usher (70) and Alex Hamilton (72) tied for 34th at 277, Scott Parel (71) tied for 61st at 283 and Kyle Bradley (73) tied for 71st at 287.


Americans rally to post exhibition win

In Philadelphia, Jozy Altidore and Clint Dempsey scored second-half goals, giving the United States a 2-1 exhibition win over Turkey in the Americans' last game before leaving for the World Cup.

Arda Turan put the Turks ahead in the 27th minute on a counterattack after right back Jonathan Spector was dispossessed upfield.

Altidore tied the score in the 58th minute and Dempsey put the U.S. ahead in the 75th, exciting a red-white-and-blue clad crowd of 55,407 at Lincoln Financial Field. The U.S. team took its time leaving the pitch, acknowledging fans at both ends of the stadium.

The Americans leave for South Africa today and meet Australia in a final exhibition on June 5, one week before their World Cup opener against England.


Goodell: More cold title games possible

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell says the success of the 2014 Super Bowl slated for Meadowlands Stadium will determine whether more championships are played at undomed cold-weather sites.

Goodell spoke at commencement ceremonies Saturday for the University of Massachusetts Lowell, where he accepted an honorary doctorate for his father, the late Sen. Charles E. Goodell of New York.


Duke ousts Virginia to reach title game

In Baltimore, with one flick of his stick, Duke's Max Quinzani ended Virginia's gallant bid to put a positive finish on a season clouded by sadness.

Quinzani scored the tie-breaking goal with 12 seconds left, and the Blue Devils defeated the top-seeded Cavaliers 14-13 to advance to the NCAA men's lacrosse national championship game.

Fifth-seeded Duke will play unseeded Notre Dame on Monday for the title.

Notre Dame earned a berth in the finals for the first time with a 12-7 victory over Cornell.


Tschopp wins stage; Basso extends lead

In Ponte Di Legno-Tonale, Italy, Johann Tschopp won the 20th and penultimate stage of the Giro d'Italia, while Ivan Basso extended his overall lead

Tschopp finished the 110 miles from Bormio to Ponte di Legno-Tonale in 5 hours, 26 minutes, 47 seconds.

Cadel Evans was second and Basso squeezed ahead of Michele Scarponi for third.

Basso's third place extended his lead by 24 seconds to 1 minute, 15 seconds.