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>Jones captures hurdles title

Hometown favorite Lolo Jones cruised to the 100-meter hurdles title at the USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Des Moines, Iowa.

Jones, who grew up in Des Moines, won her second outdoor national title in 12.69 seconds on a scorching Saturday afternoon.

Jeremy Wariner, the favorite in the 400, collapsed halfway through the finals with a hip flexor injury. He was helped off the track as Greg Nixon won in 44.61.

Sanya Richards-Ross, who has been battling a quadriceps injury since April, was a late scratch in the 400. Debbie Dunn took advantage, winning in a world-leading 49.64.

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>UCLA reaches Series final

Trevor Bauer limited TCU to four hits and struck out 13 in eight innings and Blair Dunlap hit a three-run homer Saturday, leading UCLA to a 10-3 victory over TCU that sends the Bruins to the College World Series finals in Omaha.

UCLA (51-15), which hadn't won a game in two previous CWS appearances, will play South Carolina, a 4-3 winner over Clemson in the Bracket 2 final, in the best-of-three finals starting Monday.

Christian Walker homered and singled in the go-ahead run in the seventh inning as South Carolina staved off elimination a fourth straight time. Gamecocks reliever Matt Price, who allowed one run in 2 1/3 innings, got credit for the win.

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>Thorn opts to leave Nets

Rod Thorn is stepping down as president and general manager of the New Jersey Nets.

A person with knowledge of the decision told the Associated Press on Saturday that the 69-year-old Thorn will resign next month. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the team had not authorized public comment.

The person said possible candidates to replace Thorn included Oklahoma City GM Sam Presti, New Orleans GM Jeff Bower and Nets vice president Bobby Marks.

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>Phelps is first, and then last

Michael Phelps easily won the 200-meter butterfly at the Paris Open before ending the first day of the meet by finishing last in the 100-meter freestyle.

Phelps led from the start of the 200 butterfly, finishing in 1 minute, 55.70 seconds.

Phelps swam in the 100 freestyle final about half an hour later and finished eighth. Frenchman Fabien Gilot won in 48.65.

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>Sportswriter wins North America Cup

Sportswriter ($8.50), driven by Mark MacDonald for trainer Casie Coleman, fought off a late charge by We Will See to win the $1.5 million Pepsi North America Cup, the continent's richest harness race, at Mohawk Raceway in Campbellville, Ont., on Saturday.

"I had a lot of confidence in the horse, he's great horse. If he was a girl. I'd marry him.," MacDonald said after the bay colt paced the mile for 3-year-olds in 1:48 3/5 .

The $750,000 winner's share for the Cup's 27th edition increased Sportswriter's career earnings to $1,645,411. eos

Compiled from News and wire service reports.