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GOERL IMPROVES WITH WORK AS UCLA WINS TITLE

If UCLA's Keira Goerl was tired, it didn't show.

Goerl, who pitched all 47 innings for the Bruins at the NCAA softball championships, finished in style in Oklahoma City Monday -- throwing a nine-inning no-hitter in a 1-0 victory over California that gave UCLA its ninth NCAA title.

"I think it's pretty amazing," said Goerl (40-7), who struck out four and walked four. "But it wasn't really about me. It was about the defense around me and the offense because they picked me up a number of times."

UCLA (54-7) won its first title since 1999.

The Bruins, who lost, 7-3, to Cal in the first round, became the first team since Texas A&M in 1983 to win the title after losing their opening game.

California (49-20) was trying to become the first team since Arizona in 1996-97 to win consecutive titles, but Goerl made sure it didn't happen.

After being staked to the one-run lead in the top of the ninth, she retired the side in order in the bottom of the inning. Her teammates swarmed her on the infield after Haley Woods flied out to center to end the game, giving Goerl the ninth no-hitter of her career.

Delic helps Illinois win NCAA tennis titles

Amer Delic (left) of Illinois won the NCAA men's singles championship, defeating Benedikt Dorsch of Baylor, 6-4, 6-3, in Athens, Ga.

Delic is the first player from Illinois to win the championship. The last Big Ten player to do so was Michigan's Mike Leach in 1982.

Illinois, which won the team title last week, made it a sweep when Brian Wilson and Rajeev Ram beat San Diego State's Oliver Maiberger and Ryan Redondo, 6-4, 5-7, 6-1 to win the doubles title.

"It can't get much better," Illinois coach Craig Tiley said. "You put plans together, but there are other things that control whether they come true or not."

Delic made the most of his serve, committing no double faults and not allowing Dorsch a break point.

"Thank God it wasn't a three-setter," said Delic, a junior from Jacksonville, Fla. "My arm would have fallen off. I'm going home to the beach."

Florida State favored for College World Series

Florida State is in a familiar position as the top-seeded team in the NCAA tournament. This time, the Seminoles hope to end the season with a win at the College World Series.

Florida State was selected Monday as the first of eight national seeds in the 64-team Division I college baseball tournament for the second straight season.

"That's our goal every year and I'm very proud of each of our young men," Seminoles coach Mike Martin said. "They know that no matter what the seed, we will have to play solid baseball in the regional to reach our goal."

The Seminoles (50-10-1), making their 41st tournament appearance and 26th in a row, will host one of 16 four-team, double-elimination regionals that begin Friday.

Charlie Carr, chairman of the Division I baseball committee and Florida State's senior associate athletic director, said he didn't have any input in his school's seeding. But he said the Seminoles more than proved their worthiness on the field.

"I will say that it's pretty evident why they got it," Carr said. "They're a team with 50 wins and with their strength of schedule, they deserve to be a No. 1 seed."

The winners of each regional will advance to the super regionals, played June 6-9. The eight winners of the super regionals will play in the College World Series, which starts June 13 in Omaha.

The other national seeds are: Louisiana State (40-19-1), Georgia Tech (44-16), Auburn (40-19), Rice (48-10), Stanford (41-15), Cal State Fullerton (43-13) and Miami (39-14-1).

Lions' receiver stabbed in nightclub incident

Detroit Lions receiver Scotty Anderson and his brother were stabbed in the parking lot of a Houston nightclub early Monday after a scuffle with another club patron.

Anderson's brother, Stevie, once a receiver with the New York Jets and Arizona Cardinals, was critically wounded and is hospitalized, Houston police spokesman Alvin Wright told The Associated Press. Scotty Anderson's his injuries didn't appear to be life-threatening, Wright said.

Two men were arrested after fleeing the scene, police said. Police wouldn't release their identities and it is not known if charges have been filed against them.

The fight happened shortly after the southwest Houston club, Crystal Nite Club, closed for the night, police said.

At about the same time, Wright said, a man fired a gun into a crowd of people at the other end of the parking lot. The man was later arrested. Wright said police doesn't believe the incidents are related.

"Nothing is final; nothing is complete," Wright said. "We're still in the middle of an investigation."

Johnson starts off in 34th place at U.S. Open

Liz Johnson of Cheektowaga is in 34th place after the first round of qualifying in the U.S. Open Bowling Championship at Sunnybrook Lanes in Sterling Heights, Mich. Johnson had 1,796 pins.

Cheryl Daniels of West Bloomfield, Mich., leads with 1,982 pins. Wendy Macpherson of Henderson, Nev., is 20 pins behind, while Kamilla Kjeldsen of Denmark is third at 1,935. Cindy Coburn-Carroll of Williamsville is in 54th place at 1,720.

St. Joe's doubles fun in sweep of O'Hara

In high school baseball, Steve Spillman pitched a three-hitter in the first game of St. Joe's two-game sweep over O'Hara. St. Joe's (9-8) won, 11-1 and 10-6, as Justin Oddo drove in seven runs on the day. Joe Bargnesi pitched three innings of relief in the second game to improve to 4-1. . . . Timon/ St. Jude left the bases loaded in the seventh inning as St. Francis won, 7-3. Don Jablonski, Tom Wsielewski and Rick Lynch each had two hits for St. Francis, which took an early 6-0 lead. Jablonski come on in relief and got the save. . . . Jim Negrych and Jim Kunkemoeller each had two hits as St. Francis (14-2) beat St. Mary's of Lancaster, 11-0.

In softball, Hillary Peacock singled in Colleen Helak in the bottom of the ninth inning as St. Mary's of Lancaster (4-4) beat O'Hara, 1-0. Sarah Odrobina had five strikeouts and gave up five hits in the shutout win. . . . Katie Horan had eight strikeouts and gave up two hits in O'Hara's, 4-0, win over Niagara Catholic. Horan went 2 for 4 and drove in two runs for O'Hara (7-8).

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