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Arizona reaches College World Series finals | A.M. Briefing


College baseball

Arizona into CWS finals

Arizona converted three Florida State errors into a six-run first inning and advanced to the College World Series finals with a 10-3 victory over Florida State on Thursday in Omaha, Neb.

Freshman starter Brandon Leibrandt was pulled after he recorded just one out for the Seminoles, who used eight pitchers to tie a CWS record for a nine-inning game.

Robert Refsnyder and Bobby Brown homered in a span of three at-bats in the fourth as the Wildcats built their lead to 10-1.

Kurt Heyer (13-2) worked 7-1/3 innings while taking the national lead for wins.

The Wildcats (46-17) won Bracket 1 and will open the best-of-three finals Sunday.

In an earlier game, Michael Roth pitched a two-hitter and two-time defending national champion South Carolina eliminated Kent State 4-1.

The Gamecocks later beat Arkansas 2-0 as freshman Jordan Montgomery and Matt Price combined on a three-hitter. South Carolina (48-18) and Arkansas (46-21) will play again Friday night to decide which team goes to the finals.

Soccer

Portugal ousts Czechs

Cristiano Ronaldo scored on a powerful header in the 79th minute, sending Portugal to the European Championship semifinals with a 1-0 victory over the Czech Republic in Warsaw, Poland.

Ronaldo hit the post twice, then finally delivered. He headed a cross by Joao Moutinho straight at the ground and up past the flailing hands of Czech goalkeeper Petr Cech.

Portugal will play Spain or France in the semifinals in Donetsk, Ukraine, on Wednesday. Portugal is one victory from its second European Championship final in eight years.

NFL

Leaf to return to Texas soon

Former NFL and Washington State quarterback Ryan Leaf could return to West Texas as early as next week to face a judge who could revoke his probation on drug-related charges.

Leaf pleaded guilty in Montana after his arrest for breaking into a house and illegally possessing painkillers. A Montana judge gave Leaf at least nine months in a drug treatment center.

Leaf received 10 years of probation in Texas in 2010 after pleading guilty to felony drug charges stemming from a burglary while he was a coach at West Texas A&M.

Randall County, Texas, district attorney James Farren said Leaf has waived extradition and could be picked up within a few days. Farren has indicated he will seek jail time for Leaf.

Harvin returns to camp

Receiver Percy Harvin was back on the field for the Minnesota Vikings, laughing with teammates and participating in the last practice of minicamp. That frustration with the organization he described sternly but vaguely earlier in the week was not apparent by his demeanor. Harvin's request to be traded, followed by his absence from Wednesday's mandatory session, was shelved.

NFL denies retractions

The NFL is denying accusations that it covered up retractions made by key witnesses in its bounty investigation, or that commissioner Roger Goodell has placed gag orders on Saints employees and others who could help punished players clear their names.

WNBA

Fever beats Sun

Briann January from Spokane scored 20 points and Katie Douglas added 17 to help the host Indiana Fever cruise to a 95-61 victory over the Connecticut Sun.

Tamika Catchings had 13 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists for the Fever (6-4), which set a franchise record with 15 three-pointers. The Fever had lost four of five. Mistie Mims scored 11 points for the Sun (9-3).

In another game, Seimone Augustus scored a season-high 26 points, rookie Devereaux Peters added a career-best 18 and the host Minnesota Lynx got back on track by beating the New York Liberty 102-70.

Taj McWilliams-Franklin added 15 points for Minnesota (11-1), which started the season a WNBA-best 10-0 before losing to the Storm on Sunday.

Cappie Pondexter scored a season-high 30 points to lead the Liberty (4-8).

Elsewhere

• The U.S. men's soccer team will face rival Mexico on Aug. 15 in Mexico City, the first exhibition between the two on Mexican soil in nearly 28 years.

Marion Bartoli of France beat Lucie Safarova of the Czech Republic 6-4, 6-2 to reach the semifinals of the Eastbourne championships in England.

David Ferrer of Spain routed Igor Sijsling of the Netherlands 6-0, 6-1 to reach the UNICEF Open semifinals in Den Bosch, Netherlands.

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