Miami wins 1st ACC tournament
JACKSONVILLE — Miami sent 10 batters to the plate during a four-run first inning and beat Virginia 8-4 Sunday to win its first ACC baseball tournament title.
Miami has won four national titles and a combined 18 region and super region titles, but the program competed as an independent until joining the ACC in 2005.
"I don't think our players realized how exciting it would be to win this championship,'' said UM coach Jim Morris, who led Georgia Tech to four ACC titles in the 1980s.
Later in the day, Miami (47-8) and Florida State (48-10) were named to host NCAA regions, which begin this weekend. UM is hosting for the 22nd time and FSU for the 26th. Each of the 16 hosts are guaranteed a spot in the field of 64 teams to be unveiled at 12:30 p.m. today (ESPN). Other host schools: Arizona State, Cal State Fullerton, Coastal Carolina, Georgia, Long Beach State, LSU, Michigan, Nebraska, North Carolina, N.C. State, Oklahoma State, Rice, Stanford and Texas A&M.
MORE BASEBALL: Tampa's opener at the Division II World Series in Sauget, Ill., against Ashland (Ohio) was postponed due to rain. The game was rescheduled for approximately noon today and can be followed online at slrnradiosports.com beginning at 11:30 a.m. … LSU defeated Mississippi 8-2 in Hoover, Ala., to claim the SEC tournament title.
UF's Speights passes on NBA predraft camp
Gators center Marreese Speights, a former Gibbs High standout, has declined an offer to participate in this week's Orlando predraft basketball camp, opting to focus on workouts he has scheduled with several NBA teams in early June.
Speights, projected to go anywhere from a top-10 pick to an early second-round pick, declared April 8 for the draft but did not sign with an agent.
He and Florida coach Billy Donovan are scheduled to meet in mid June to make a decision on returning to school. The deadline to withdraw from the draft is June 16.
LACROSSE: Northwestern won its fourth consecutive women's national championship, avenging its only loss of the season with a 10-6 victory over Penn in Towson, Md. Northwestern's string of NCAA titles is second only to Maryland, which won seven straight from 1995 to 2001.
Convicted scammer hangs himself in jail
Kirk Wright, convicted in a multimillion-dollar investment fraud whose victims included NFL players, hanged himself in the Union City jail, the Fulton County (Ga.) Medical Examiner's Office said. Wright, 37, of Marietta, Ga., was to be sentenced Aug. 26 and faced as many as 710 years in prison. A suit in federal court against the NFL and its union claims six players lost more than $20-million to Wright, who the players said was endorsed by the union despite liens against him.
CYCLING: Former Tour de France champ Jan Ullrich will face questions about doping allegations during a court case in which he is seeking unpaid wages. His Coast team has refused to pay because it assumes he was doping in 2003.
Antonya English, Times staff writer; Times wires