Originally created 05/01/06


College Baseball

Clemson completes sweep of Hokies

In Clemson, S.C., Travis Storrer went 2-for-2, including a solo home run in the first inning, to lead Clemson to a 7-3 win against Virginia Tech on Sunday.

The Tigers (33-13, 15-6 ACC) scored six runs in the first three innings while shutting down the Hokies (17-27, 3-21) during that stretch to put the game away.

David Kopp (3-1) struck out six in six innings to take the win.

- In Columbia, Jon Willard and Michael Campbell hit homers in the 11th inning to score five runs and give South Carolina a 9-7 win against Mississippi State.

After a scoreless 10th, Mississippi State (30-15, 9-11 SEC) got three runs in the top of the 11th, including a two-run homer by Thomas Berkery.

But South Carolina (32-12, 13-8) answered first with Willard's three-run shot with two outs to tie the game, and Campbell later hit a two-run shot to win it.

- In Gainesville, Fla., Jason Jacobs had three doubles and three RBI as Georgia took command with an eight-run third inning to defeat Florida, 9-6, and complete a weekend sweep.

Jacobs and Matt Olson each had two-run doubles in the big third inning for the Bulldogs (28-16, 10-11 SEC), who received strong relief appearances from Nathan Moreau (5-1) and Joshua Fields to hold off the rallying Gators (24-23, 6-15).

- Augusta State couldn't hold a ninth-inning lead in Game 1, then were blown out early in Game 2 to drop a doubleheader at North Georgia.

The Saints scored a pair of runs in the bottom of the ninth for a 6-5 win in the first game, then scored the first nine runs of Game 2 on the way to a 13-7 victory.

Garrick McGrath had three RBI in Game 1 for Augusta State (15-39, 2-25 Peach Belt), and Chris Demons had a homer for the Jaguars in Game 2. Justin Walker had two hits in each game.


Nadal passes Borg in clay-court streak

In Barcelona, Spain, defending champion Rafael Nadal defeated Tommy Robredo, 6-4, 6-4, 6-0 on Sunday, to win the Open Seat Godo title, topping Bjorn Borg's mark with his 47th consecutive victory on clay.

Nadal, who won his 12th consecutive final, earned praise from the 11-time Grand Slam champion.

"I congratulate Nadal," Borg said in a statement. "He's fun to watch and I hope he wins Wimbledon."

Guillermo Vilas holds the Open-era record with 53 consecutive wins.

- In Casablanca, Morocco, Daniele Bracciali, of Italy, upset top-seeded Nicolas Massu, of Chile, 6-1, 6-4, to win his first singles title at the Grand Prix Hassan II.

Horse Racing

Funny Cide breaks eight-race slide

In New York, Funny Cide, the 2003 Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner, ended an eight-race losing streak with a victory Sunday in the $65,000 Kings Point Stakes at Aqueduct.

The 6-year-old chestnut gelding hadn't won since the 2004 Jockey Club Gold Cup at Belmont Park.

Ridden by Richard Migliore, Funny Cide beat Gold and Roses by three-quarters of a length.

Funny Cide covered the 11/8 miles on a fast track in 1:50.47 and paid $3.20 and $2.10 in the four-horse field.


Rooney could see World Cup action

In London, England coach Sven-Goran Eriksson would select Wayne Rooney for his World Cup roster if he thinks the forward can recover from a broken foot for the later rounds of the tournament.

Rooney broke a bone in his right foot playing for Manchester United in a 3-0 loss at Chelsea on Saturday, and club officials say he will be sidelined for six weeks.

England's World Cup opener is against Paraguay on June 10, exactly six weeks after Rooney got injured. The 20-year-old forward may not be fit for that or other first-round group games against Trinidad and Tobago and Sweden, but Eriksson may take him to Germany in the hope England makes it to the knockout phase, which starts June 24.

Teams must submit 23-man rosters to FIFA by May 15.


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