Tuesday, April 24, 2018
Colleges

Florida can't quite win men's track title

Florida fell short of a third consecutive men's NCAA track title Saturday. But it won national individual titles on the fourth day of the meet in Eugene, Ore.

Host Oregon won the title with 88 points. The Gators finished second with 70 followed by Texas A&M with 411/2. Florida State tied for 20th.

Florida's Marquis Dendy won the triple jump with a personal best of 55 feet, 11¼ inches. He also won the long jump Thursday. USF's Matthew O'Neal finished fourth in the triple jump with a personal best of 53-23/4. The Gators 4x100-meter relay of Antwan Wright, Hugh Graham, Arman Hall and Dedric Dukes won in 38.73 seconds. Dukes also won the 200 in 19.91.

Texas A&M's women won with 75 points. Texas was second with 66 then Oregon (59) and Florida (55). FSU finished 16th. USF's Courtney Anderson was eighth in the high jump (6-0).

Baseball: Irvine wins CWS opener

OMAHA, Neb. — Taylor Sparks' ninth triple of the year (most in Division I) highlighted a three-run eighth that lifted UC Irvine past Texas 3-1 in the first game of the World Series. The Anteaters were the No. 3 seed in their region tournament but beat Oregon State, the No. 1 overall seed, twice and swept a Super Regional at Oklahoma State. Monday, they face the winner of the late game between Vanderbilt and Louisville. The Longhorns face the loser of that game on Monday.

Howser Trophy: Kentucky junior first baseman and left-hander A.J. Reed won the award for player of the year. Reed, a second-round pick of the Astros, hit .336 with 23 homers (most in Division I) and 73 RBIs and went 12-2 with a 2.09 ERA.

Football: Ex-Georgia safety Tray Matthews, kicked off the team after an arrest on charges of illegal check cashing, said he will enroll at Auburn. As a freshman last season, he had one interception and 36 tackles in eight games (six starts). Auburn can't comment until Matthews enrolls.

Men's golf: Florida hired UNLV assistant and former Canadian Tour player J.C. Deacon as coach.

Times staff writer Joey Knight contributed to this report, which used information from Times wires.

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