Robinson among 12 elected to Baseball Hall

Jackie Robinson was one of 12 former players and coaches elected Wednesday for the third induction class of the College Baseball Hall of Fame.

UCLA’s only four-sport athlete played baseball for the Bruins in 1940 after two seasons at Pasadena Junior College. He later broke major league baseball’s color barrier when he played for the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947.

Robinson joined Owen Carroll, a former pitcher at Holy Cross and coach at Seton Hall, and former Texas coach Billy Disch as three Vintage-Era inductees.

Also elected were former major leaguers Steve Arlin (Ohio State), Eddie Bane (Arizona State), Floyd Bannister (Arizona State), Neal Heaton (Miami), Burt Hooten (Texas), the late Dick Howser (Florida State), Ben McDonald (Louisiana State) and Greg Swindell (Texas). Former Oklahoma State and New Mexico State coach Gary Ward also was elected.

Also: The UNLV baseball team faltered late in a 16-6 loss to No. 1 Arizona in Tucson, Ariz.

After tying the game at 4 on sixth-inning home runs by Xavier Scruggs and Drew Beuerlein, the Rebels (5-5) gave up seven runs in the seventh and five in the eighth.

Scruggs was named the West Region player of the week after hitting .667 (14-for-21) with three homers and 10 RBIs in five games last week.

The UNLV softball team had just one hit in a 1-0 loss to No. 2 UCLA in Los Angeles.

The Bruins (20-2) scored in the fifth inning for the only run against the Rebels (13-9-1).

John Wooden was up and about and his medication was changed to alleviate an irregular heartbeat, six days after the former UCLA basketball coach was hospitalized after breaking his left wrist and collarbone in a fall.

The 97-year-old coaching great fell at his Los Angeles home Feb. 28. His wrist is in a cast, and it was not known when he would leave the undisclosed hospital.

Perry Watson resigned as basketball coach at Detroit after 15 seasons, though he had been on an indefinite leave of absence since Jan. 7 for an undisclosed medical condition.

Watson, 57, ranks second in school history in wins with a 258-185 record and three Horizon League championships.


Roddick to face Nadal in Dubai quarterfinals

Andy Roddick will face Rafael Nadal in the quarterfinals of the Dubai Tennis Championships in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

Roddick had 13 aces in his 6-3, 6-4 win over Paul-Henri Mathieu, and the second-ranked Nadal beat Mikhail Ledovskikh, 6-4, 6-0.

Australian Open champion Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray also reached the quarterfinals.


U.S. could play England for first time since 2005

The U.S. men’s soccer team is likely to play an exhibition game against England at Wembley Stadium on May 28, with negotiations nearing the final stages in recent days.

The match, which could feature David Beckham making his 100th appearance for England, would be the first between the nations since the English defeated the United States 2-0 at Chicago’s Soldier Field on May 28, 2005.

Also: The United States routed China 4-0 at the Algarve Cup in Albufeira, Portugal, and Denmark upset Women’s World Cup champion Germany 1-0 on the opening day of the tournament.

The five-time champion Americans got goals from Lindsay Tarpley, Tobin Heath, Abby Wambach and Carli Lloyd.

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