State Colleges

Friends softball eliminated at nationals

Kristina Manser was 4 for 4 with a home run in leading Friends to an 11-4 victory over SUNY Canton on Saturday in the NAIA national tournament in Gulf Shores, Ala. Friends (35-14) improved to 2-1 in pool play but failed to advance when California Baptist won Saturday night to win the pool at 3-0. Friends' Kelsey Porter (15-3) got the victory, holding Canton to three earned runs.

Track and field

Hutchinson sophomore John Talbert won the NJCAA men's discus on Saturday, two days after winning the hammer throw. His winning toss was 170 feet, 11 inches, better than second-place Frank Afriyle of Barton County (167-5).

Cowley's Kaitlyn Belisle won the women's 5,000 meters in 18:53.90, two days after winning the 10,000.

South Plains (Texas) won the men's and women's team titles.


Rafael Becker shot a 1-under 70 Saturday to finish three rounds at 4-over 217, good for 20th place at the NCAA Central regional in Zionsville, Ind. Tyler Gann had WSU's next-best finish at 49th (15 over), and the Shockers finished 12th of 14 teams.

* Kansas' Chris Gilbert tied for 55th (8 over) at the regional in Tucson.


Nathan Cleverly easily defended his WBO light heavyweight title Saturday in London when his fight against Aleksy Kuziemski was stopped in the fourth round because of a cut to the Pole's face. Cleverly had already bloodied Kuziemski's nose when a cut opened up above the challenger's left eye from what seemed to be a right hand.

* In Moscow, Denis Lebedev knocked out Roy Jones Jr. in the final round of their cruiserweight fight. With seconds remaining, Lebedev landed four fierce lefts with Jones on the ropes, where he had been for much of the bout. Jones bowed, shook his head, and took one last right hook from Lebedev. It is the third straight loss for the 42-year-old Jones.


The non-scholarship Drake Bulldogs won the first college football game played in Africa on Saturday. Locals in Arusha, Tanzania arrived three hours before the start of Drake's 17-7 victory over a Mexican all-star team in the Global Kilimanjaro Bowl. The exhibition is part of a two-week trip organized by Drake that includes include youth clinics, a safari, an orphanage project and a five-day climb to the summit of the 19,340-foot Kilimanjaro.


Sepp Blatter launched an impassioned defense of FIFA's integrity, insisting world soccer's ruling body was not institutionally corrupt. The 75-year-old FIFA president, who is seeking re-election for a fourth term in a June 1 vote, said he had not received any evidence against six members of FIFA's executive committee, who were last week accused of corruption in a vote to decide the World Cup hosts for 2018 and '22. Last year, FIFA banned six other officials for improper conduct in the same bidding process for hosting rights following an investigation by British newspaper the Sunday Times.

* Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice in Real Madrid's 8-1 rout of Almeria on Saturday to set a Spanish league record of 40 goals in a single season.

* Carlos Ruiz scored the go-ahead goal in the 75th minute to help the Philadelphia Union beat the Chicago Fire 2-1 in an MLS game.


Hall of Fame catcher Gary Carter says doctors discovered four brain tumors after he had an MRI on Friday in Florida. The 57-year-old Carter said the tumors were "very small" and he expects to learn more about his diagnosis when he is examined again on Thursday at Duke Medical Center.

* Emporia State lost 9-1 to host St. Mary (Texas) on Saturday in San Antonio to fall out of the NCAA Division II South Central Regional. The Hornets ended the season 43-12.


Top-ranked Caroline Wozniacki overcame a thigh injury to defeat China's Peng Shuai 2-6, 6-3, 6-3 and win the inaugural Brussels Open. Wozniacki won her fourth tournament this year, the most on the WTA Tour, and her first win on red clay ahead of the French Open.


Levi Leipheimer slipped ahead in the final yards to win the mountainous seventh stage of the Tour of California, while RadioShack teammate Chris Horner finished second just behind and solidified his pending overall race title.