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Sun Devils get top seed for baseball tournament

Arizona State was named the No. 1 seed Monday for the 64-team Division I college baseball tournament. The Sun Devils (47-8) will host one of 16 four-team, double-elimination regionals that begin Friday and will open against Horizon League champion Milwaukee.

The other national seeds, in order, are: Texas (46-11), Florida (42-15), Coastal Carolina (51-7), Virginia (47-11), UCLA (43-13), Louisville (48-12) and Georgia Tech (45-13).

It’s the first time Arizona State has been the No. 1 overall seed. The only top national seed to win the College World Series since the field was expanded in 1999 to 64 teams was Miami in that same year.

Also: Stanford’s Bradley Klahn won the men’s singles title, and the Cardinal’s Hilary Barte and Lindsay Burdette captured the women’s doubles crown at the NCAA tennis championships in Athens, Ga. Stanford won the women’s team title last week.

Georgia’s Chelsea Gullickson won the women’s singles title, and Virginia’s Drew Courtney and Michael Shabaz captured the men’s doubles title.

Duke won its first NCAA men’s lacrosse championship, defeating Notre Dame 6-5 in Baltimore on a goal by C.J. Costabile with five seconds gone in sudden-death overtime.


Adidas defends ball being used in World Cup

Adidas struck back at criticism that the World Cup soccer ball is difficult to control and a nightmare for goalkeepers, stressing that it was widely tested and approved long ago.

Company spokesman Thomas van Schaik said he was surprised to hear the critical comments, made by top goalkeepers such as Spain’s Iker Casillas and Brazil’s Julio Cesar, because the "Jabulani" balls had been used for months without any complaints.

"We started using it in December in a wide variety of leagues," van Schaik said. "All the response we have had has been positive."


IndyCar’s Conway out at least three months

IndyCar driver Mike Conway will miss at least three months with back and leg injuries from his frightening crash in the Indianapolis 500 on Sunday.

Conway, 26, had surgery for multiple fractures in his lower left leg and has been diagnosed with a compression fracture in his back.

Also: Dario Franchitti made $2,752,055 for his Indianapolis 500 victory Sunday, part of an overall purse of $13,592,815. Runner-up Dan Wheldon made $1,007,305, and third-place finisher Marco Andretti won $630,505.

Victor’s Cry beat Karelian by a head to win the $250,000 Shoemaker Mile at Hollywood Park in Inglewood, Calif., in his first Grade 1 stakes race. Ridden by Corey Nakatani, Victor’s Cry covered the distance in 1:32.88 and paid $44.40, $12.60 and $7.20 at 21-1 odds.

Quality Road took charge early and held off Musket Man for a 1½-length victory in the $500,000 Metropolitan Handicap at Belmont in New York. Ridden by John Velazquez, Quality Road covered the mile in 1:33.11 and returned $2.50, $2.10 and $2.10.

Forward Matt Barnes said he will opt out of the final year of his contract with the Orlando Magic to become a free agent. Barnes, 30, said he hopes to get a long-term deal to return to Orlando.

Spanish cyclist Alejandro Valverde received a global two-year ban for his connection to a blood-doping ring but was allowed to keep his 2009 Spanish Vuelta victory. The 30-year-old said he will appeal the decision.

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