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Bruins primed for College World Series

UCLA has won a nation-leading 106 NCAA championships in 17 sports. Not one of them is in baseball -- yet.

The Bruins' chance is here, against South Carolina, in the best-of-three College World Series finals starting tonight (7:30 p.m., ESPN) in Omaha, Neb.

"It's obviously known as a basketball school with coach [John] Wooden and everything he did at UCLA and all the national championships and all the NBA players, and then certainly football has a rich tradition as well, and softball and gymnastics and volleyball and golf," UCLA coach John Savage said Sunday.

"Every day we go in the Hall of Fame room and we go in the weight room and you see all the national championships, and baseball doesn't have anything underneath it."

UCLA made it to the CWS 1969 and 1997 and went 0-2 each time.

South Carolina reached the CWS finals in 1975, 1977 and 2002, losing each time under the old tournament format that ended with a single national championship game. The best-of-three finals started in 2003, a year too late for coach Ray Tanner and the Gamecocks.


Knicks target Johnson, Stoudemire

The New York Knicks appear ready to turn Plan B into their first move of the free-agency season.

Before they sit down with LeBron James on Thursday afternoon in suburban Akron, Ohio, Knicks officials have tentative plans to fly to Los Angeles on Wednesday with the intention of quickly arranging a meeting with Joe Johnson and Amare Stoudemire sometime after midnight New York time.

Johnson, who is represented by L.A.-based agent Arn Tellem, is expected to be there Wednesday; Stoudemire already has arrived in Hollywood for Sunday night's BET Awards.

Johnson and Stoudemire are close friends from their early days in the NBA with Phoenix, where they played for (and developed under) Knicks coach Mike D'Antoni.

Compiled from News and wire service reports.

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