Illinois, Alabama to meet in final
In Milton, Ga., Thomas Pieters of Illinois beat Max Homa with a par on the 20th hole to give Illinois a 3-2 victory over top-seeded California in the NCAA golf semifinals.
The 15th-seeded Illini will face No. 2 Alabama in the final today, with both seeking their first title.
The Crimson Tide beat host Georgia Tech 3-0-2 on the Capital City Club’s Crabapple Course.
Alabama, which is coached by former Augusta State men’s golf coach Jay Seawell, lost to Texas last year in the title match.
California lost after setting an NCAA season record with 11 victories in its past 13 tournaments. The Golden Bears had all five of their starters ranked among the top 25 in the nation.
Alabama had little trouble against Georgia Tech. Trey Mullinax, Justin Thomas and Cory Whitsett won their matches before they reached the 18th hole. Mullinax was 2-down through seven holes, but wound up beating Shun Yat Hak 4 and 3. The other two matches were not finished and scored as all-square.
Vols, Sooners keep on winning
In Oklahoma City, No. 9 hitter Tory Lewis singled up the middle to score pinch-runner Whitney Hammond with two outs in the bottom of the seventh inning, and Tennessee beat Washington 1-0 in the winners’ bracket of the Women’s College World Series.
In the other winner’s bracket game, Oklahoma routed Texas 10-2.
Down 2-0, the Sooners responded with a six-run third inning and eventually run-ruled Big 12 in five innings.
Blaylock now in serious condition
Former NBA All-Star guard Mookie Blaylock was upgraded to serious condition at an Atlanta hospital Saturday, a day after his SUV crashed head-on into a van and killed a woman.
Atlanta Medical Center spokeswoman Nicole Gustin confirmed that the 46-year-old Blaylock’s condition had improved since he was airlifted to the hospital.
Police said the former Atlanta Hawks player was initially placed on life support and was in critical condition late Friday even after he was taken off of it.
• Seven-time All-Star Grant Hill retired from the NBA on Saturday after 19 seasons, ending a career interrupted by injuries that included an Olympic gold medal.
The Los Angeles Clippers announced the news, which came as no surprise because Hill had been mulling his future after the team was eliminated in the first round of the playoffs. He had one season left on his contract.
Steeler stabbed, condition stable
Pittsburgh police say an offensive tackle for the Pittsburgh Steelers was stabbed twice during an attempted carjacking.
Police said Saturday that 23-year-old Michael Adams told officers that three men confronted him shortly after 3 a.m. Saturday on the city’s South Side district.
He said he didn’t have his keys with him and “the situation escalated,” and one man pointed the gun at his face while the other stabbed him twice before all three fled.
Adams was reported in stable condition at UPMC Mercy after surgery for stab wounds to the abdomen and left forearm.
• Eric Mangini is joining the San Francisco 49ers as an offensive consultant.
Mangini will work to find weaknesses in opposing defenses.– From wire reports
Rutgers calls off AD’s meetings
Rutgers officials have postponed a series of on-campus meetings that incoming athletic director Julie Hermann was scheduled to be a part of next week, according to The Newark-Star Ledger.
No explanation was given as to why the meetings were delayed, the newspaper reported.
Hermann, scheduled to start as the school’s AD on June 17, was expected to meet with athletic administrators and several coaches.
Hermann has come under fire since taking the job at Rutgers.
Hermann has been accused of abusvie behavior toward student-athletes during her time as the women’s volleyball coach at Tennessee, and The New York Times reported this week that she also was at the center of a sexual discrimination lawsuit.