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Baylor eliminates Florida State 7-2 from softball World Series

OKLAHOMA CITY — Jordan Strickland hit a pair of two-run homers, Heather Stearns and Whitney Canion combined on a five-hitter and Baylor beat Florida State 7-2 Saturday in a softball World Series elimination game.

In the late game, the Bears rallied past Kentucky 8-7 in eight innings in another elimination game. Florida (52-12) plays Baylor (49-15) at 1 p.m. today.

FSU (55-9), returning to the World Series for the first time since 2004, managed only two runs in its two games, losing 3-0 to Oregon in the first round.

"What an outstanding venture for our program," FSU coach Lonni Alameda said. "This senior class has been outstanding in guiding us to be relentless in the pursuit of being here. We've really enjoyed this. We've enjoyed the support.

"Everything we're learning right now as a program is going to get us back here."

FSU pitcher Lacey Waldrop, the national player of the year, struggled for a second straight game. After giving up 10 hits to Oregon, Waldrop (38-7) surrendered six hits to the Bears in four innings, including three in a three-run second inning highlighted by Strickland's first homer.

USF: Defensive line coach Eric Mathies was arrested early Saturday morning in South Tampa on a misdemeanor charge of driving under the influence. Mathies, 38, was booked into the Orient Road Jail and released in the afternoon on a $500 bond, according to Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office online records. USF officials were aware of the arrest; athletic department spokesman Brian Siegrist said Mathies, entering his second season, has been placed on administrative leave.

A $40M settlement for players proposed

A $40 million settlement has been completed that will pay football and basketball players dating to 2003 for the use of their likenesses in NCAA-branded videogames. The payouts could go to more than 100,000 athletes, including some current players, who were either on college rosters or had their images used in videogames made by Electronic Arts featuring college teams. Lawyers for the plaintiffs say it would be the first time college athletes will be paid for the commercial use of their images.

Depending on how many athletes apply for the settlement, the payments could range from as little as $48 for each year an athlete was on a roster to $951 for each year the image of an athlete was used in a videogame.

The settlement is with Electronic Arts and Collegiate Licensing Co., which licenses and markets college sports, and does not include the NCAA. The case against the NCAA is scheduled for trial early next year.

Plaintiffs in the case, which dates to 2009, contend the NCAA conspired with Electronic Arts and Collegiate Licensing to illegally use their images in videogames.

U.S. District Judge Claudia Wilken still must approve the proposed settlement, which comes on the eve of a major antitrust trial against the NCAA that could reshape the way college sports operate. That case, featuring former UCLA basketball star Ed O'Bannon and others as lead plaintiffs, goes to trial June 9 in Oakland.

According to documents filed with the court late Friday, attorneys for O'Bannon and 20 other plaintiffs say they have already run up legal fees exceeding $30 million and expenses of more than $4 million in pressing their case. They are seeking an injunction that would stop the NCAA from enforcing rules that prohibit athletes from profiting from their play in college.

Baylor eliminates Florida State 7-2 from softball World Series 05/31/14 [Last modified: Saturday, May 31, 2014 10:39pm]

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