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UNLV baseball tumbles against San Francisco

The UNLV baseball team blew a three-run lead in the ninth inning, giving up six runs to San Francisco in an 11-8 loss at Wilson Stadium.

The Dons sent 11 batters to the plate in the ninth, scoring runs on six singles, an error and an intentional walk.

Xavier Scruggs went 3-for-5 with a two-run homer for UNLV (6-7), and Braden Walker was 2-for-4 with two RBIs and two runs scored.

Also: The UNLV softball team lost to No. 20 Ohio State 5-1 to close the UNLV Invitational at Eller Media Stadium.

Brittany Bolinger had an RBI single for the Rebels (15-12-1).

Barry Hinson, who failed to take the Missouri State men’s basketball team to the NCAA Tournament in nine seasons, was fired

The move came two days after a 63-58 loss to Illinois State in the quarterfinals of the Missouri Valley tournament.

Erlana Larkins and Cetera DeGraffenreid each scored 17 points to help second-ranked North Carolina beat No. 12 Duke 86-73 in the Atlantic Coast Conference women’s tournament championship, giving the Tar Heels their fourth straight title and likely locking up a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament.

Former Centennial High standout Italee Lucas had seven points for North Carolina.

Candace Parker hit a jumper with 1:57 left that put Tennessee ahead to stay, and the No. 3 Lady Vols won their record 13th Southeastern Conference title and third in four years by beating No. 7 Louisiana State, 61-55.

MISCELLANEOUS

Steelers’ Harrison charged with assault

Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harrison has been charged with assaulting his girlfriend.

Harrison was arrested Saturday after hitting 29-year-old Beth Tibbott at her home in Ohio Township, Pa., according to a police affidavit.

Harrison, of Franklin Park, Pa., was arraigned on charges of simple assault and criminal mischief. The 29-year-old was released on his own recognizance pending a preliminary hearing Thursday.

Also: American skier Lindsey Vonn just missed adding a World Cup individual super-combi to her Saturday downhill title, finishing 0.26 seconds behind winner Maria Riesh to take third place in Crans-Montana, Switzerland.

Vonn still leads the overall standings with four races left.

Bode Miller sat out the slalom, and Manfred Moelgg of Italy won the World Cup event in Kranjska Gora, Slovenia.

Miller, the overall World Cup leader, retained his lead despite skipping the race.

Defending champion Lance Mackey beat four-time champion Jeff King out of this checkpoint Sunday night, launching the last leg of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.

Mackey said he was striving for a repeat of last year’s race, when he trailed King into the Inupiat village of Unalakleet on the coast and went on to win the 1,100-mile race.

Nashoba’s Key beat Dawn After Dawn by four lengths in the $300,000 Santa Margarita Handicap at Santa Anita in Arcadia, Calif.

Ridden by Garrett Gomez, Nashoba’s Key ran 1 1/8 miles in 1 minute, 48.82 seconds.

Yelena Soboleva of Russia broke her own world record in the 1,500 meters at the World Indoor Championships in Valencia, Spain.

Soboleva finished in 3:57.71, shaving 0.34 seconds off her former mark.

Robert Redd had seven catches for 105 yards and three touchdowns to lead the host Cleveland Gladiators to a 66-63 win over the Utah Blaze in Arena Football League play.

In other games, Philadelphia beat host Chicago 60-49, host New Orleans beat Orlando 54-53, and host New York beat Kansas City, 50-47.

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