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Cal State Fullerton clinches CWS berth

Jared Clark homered and drove in three runs, and Noe Ramirez struck out a career-high 10 in eight strong innings, sending Cal State Fullerton to the College World Series with an 11-2 victory over Louisville on Saturday in Fullerton, Calif.

Fullerton has yet to be challenged in five NCAA Tournament games, winning by a combined score of 64-11. The four-time NCAA champion Titans will head to Omaha, Neb., for the 16th time and third in the last four years.

Louisiana State won its best-of-3 super regional with Rice, posting a 5-3 home win to reach its 15th CWS, and Arkansas also advanced by beating host Florida State, 9-8.

Also: The NCAA met with Memphis officials to discuss major violations in the men’s basketball program, and the school must wait at least six weeks for a ruling on whether its 38 wins from the 2007-08 season will count.

The most serious allegation taken up at the meeting was whether an unknown person took the SAT for a player.

The NCAA has said the athlete in question played for the Tigers for only the 2007-08 season and the 2008 NCAA Tournament. The only person who fits the description in documents obtained by The Associated Press is Derrick Rose, the No. 1 pick in the NBA Draft after that season.

All Pac-10 point guard Nic Wise decided to return to Arizona for his senior year and forgo the NBA Draft. Wise averaged 15.7 points last season.

Jim Owens, who played at Oklahoma for Bud Wilkinson and coached Washington to three Rose Bowl trips over 18 seasons, died at age 82 at his home in Bigfork, Mont.


Wladimir Klitschko gets Chagaev as replacement

Ruslan Chagaev will replace David Haye as Wladimir Klitschko’s opponent in a heavyweight title bout June 20.

Haye bowed out of the fight Wednesday, stating he had injured his back in training, and said he wanted to push the date back to July.

But Klitschko, who holds the IBF and WBO belts, said he was in top form and wanted to keep the date — a 60,000-ticket sellout at Schalke’s soccer stadium in Gelsenkirchen, Germany.

Also: George Foreman III won in his professional debut, stopping Clyde Weaver at 1:16 of the first round in Kinder, La. Foreman is the 26-year-old son of two-time world heavyweight champion George Foreman.


U.S. edges Honduras in World Cup qualifier

Carlos Bocanegra scored on a diving header off Landon Donovan’s corner kick in the 68th minute, and the United States rallied to beat Honduras 2-1 in a World Cup qualifier at Chicago’s Soldier Field.

Coming off a 3-1 loss at Costa Rica on Wednesday, the U.S. fell behind when Carlos Costly scored in the fifth minute. Donovan tied the score with a penalty kick in the 43rd minute after a needless handball by Mario Besta.

The United States (3-1-1) is second in the final round of North and Central American qualifying with 10 points, two behind Costa Rica (4-1).

The Netherlands, Japan, Australia and South Korea became the first nations to qualify for the World Cup, all advancing Saturday, joining host South Africa in the 32-nation field. England, meanwhile, put itself in good position to advance, winning 4-0 at Kazakhstan.

Also: Tina Thompson had 18 points, Betty Lennox added 17 points and 10 rebounds, and the Los Angeles Sparks routed the defending WNBA champion Detroit Shock 78-58 in the league’s season opener.

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