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Texas evens College World Series

June 24, 2009

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— Freshman Taylor Jungmann limited LSU to five hits in his first complete game, and Russell Moldenhauer hit his record-tying fourth home run of the College World Series as Texas evened the best-of-three finals, 5-1, over LSU on Tuesday night.

The top-seeded Longhorns (50-15-1) forced a winner-take-all game tonight for the national championship. LSU (55-17), ranked No. 1 in the major polls, lost for the first time in 15 games.

Jungmann, who threw six pitches all for balls in a short relief appearance in Game 1 Monday, struck out nine against an LSU offense that averaged 9.5 runs in its first four CWS games.

Jungmann (11-3) won his third game in Omaha — the other two were in relief — and he pitched the first complete game in the CWS since 2006.

LSU starter Aaron Ross (6-8) lasted only two innings in his first CWS start.

Preston Clark homered for a 2-0 lead in the second and finished with three hits and two RBIs.

Moldenhauer’s surprising show of power continued. He came to Omaha with no home runs this season and became the 10th player to hit four in a CWS when he sent a high fly over the right-center field fence off Ryan Byrd in the third.

Jungmann had never pitched more than 7 2/3 innings. He gave up a triple to DJ LeMahieu leading off the third in addition to four singles.

LSU scored on shortstop Brandon Loy’s fielding error in the second. The Tigers put the leadoff man on base to start four innings after that, but couldn’t score.

LeMahieu tripled into the right-field corner to start the third, and Jungmann walked Blake Dean with one out. Jungmann struck out Micah Gibbs and got Mike Mahtook to ground out.

MLB

Sandberg: Sosa unworthy

Chicago — Former Chicago Cubs second baseman Ryne Sandberg says Sammy Sosa doesn’t belong in the Baseball Hall of Fame.

“I don’t think so,” Sandberg told ESPN Radio 1000 in Chicago on Tuesday. “Part of being in the Hall of Fame, they use the word integrity in describing a Hall of Famer, in the logo of the Hall of Fame, and I think there are going to be quite a few players that are not going to get in.”

The New York Times last week reported that Sosa was one of 104 players who tested positive for a performance-enhancing drug in an anonymous 2003 survey, while he was with the Cubs.

Yankees’ protest denied

New York — Major League Baseball president Bob DuPuy has denied the formal protest filed by the New York Yankees after a disputed loss to the Florida Marlins. New York manager Joe Girardi protested Sunday’s 6-5 defeat at Florida because of a Marlins substitution mix-up.

Ramirez back in action

Albuquerque, N.M. — Los Angeles Dodgers slugger Manny Ramirez was welcomed back to baseball with rousing cheers. In the minor leagues, anyway. Ramirez, easing back into playing shape after a 50-game drug suspension, suited up for Tuesday night’s game with the Albuquerque Isotopes, wearing No. 99 for the Dodgers’ top farm club. He played four innings and was hitless in two at-bats.

TENNIS

Venus wins opener

Wimbledon, England — Five points into her opening match at Wimbledon, Venus Williams slipped and went sprawling on the grass she loves. The five-time champion recovered from her stumble at the start Tuesday and defeated Stefanie Voegele, 6-3, 6-2.

It was Williams’ first appearance on Centre Court since the 2008 final, when she beat sister Serena for her second Wimbledon title in a row.

“I really enjoyed being out there,” Venus said. “It’s a special moment when you walk back as defending champion on that court.”

Other players also took a tumble — Andy Roddick went down once during his victory, and even a ball boy fell on his face — and the biggest stumble was by Marat Safin. The two-time Grand Slam champion, who plans to retire at the end of the year, lost to qualifier Jesse Levine of Boca Raton, Fla., 6-2, 3-6, 7-6 (4), 6-4.

American Melanie Oudin also pulled off a surprise in her tournament debut. The 17-year-old from Marietta, Ga., earned her first win in a major event by beating No. 29-seeded Sybille Bammer, 4-6, 6-4, 6-2.

Roddick followed Williams onto Centre Court and beat big-swinging Jeremy Chardy, 6-3, 7-6 (3), 4-6, 6-3.

NBA

Spurs trade for Jefferson

San Antonio — The Spurs acquired scoring swingman Richard Jefferson from Milwaukee in a four-player deal on Tuesday, giving San Antonio the extra offensive punch the aging former champions sorely needed.

The Spurs sent veterans Bruce Bowen, Kurt Thomas and Fabricio Oberto to the Bucks in exchange for the 29-year-old Jefferson, who averaged 19.6 points in his one season with the Bucks. Milwaukee then dealt Oberto to the Pistons for forward Amir Johnson.

T’wolves to get No. 5 pick

Minneapolis — The Minnesota Timberwolves agreed to trade guards Randy Foye and Mike Miller to the Washington Wizards for the fifth overall draft pick and three players, leaving Minnesota with four first-round choices.

May becomes free agent

Charlotte, N.C. — Sean May faces a summer of uncertainty as an unrestricted free agent after four years of seemingly never-ending knee and weight issues in Charlotte.

Sixers change logo design

Philadelphia — The Philadelphia 76ers have changed their logo and colors to revive the traditional “76ers basketball” logo and the red, white and blue color scheme. The logo, last used during the 1996-97 season, consists of a color scheme originally established in 1963 and used during the Sixers’ two championship seasons in 1966-67 and 1982-83.

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