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Long jumper ties world-best mark

DES MOINES, Iowa — Brittney Reese didn't let a sore leg prevent her from matching her world-leading mark in the long jump. The Mississippi junior soared 22 feet, 9 inches at Drake Stadium on Thursday to add an NCAA title to her already impressive season.

She matched the mark she had April 19 in Baton Rouge, La.; Russian Karin Mey also has gone 22-9 this year. Reese is a favorite for the Olympic trials, which begin June 27.

UF's Shara Proctor finished eighth.

Ngoni Makusha won the men's long jump at 27-2¾ to give Florida State a fast start as it tries for a third straight title. USF's Mikese Morse was ninth.

"This is really important for me because I broke my country's record today," said Makusha, who is from Zimbabwe. "It makes me feel really good going to the Olympics."

In the decathlon, FSU's Gonzalo Barroilhet finished third with 7,907 points. Ashton Eaton of Oregon won with 8,055. And FSU's Walter Dix, the defending 100- and 200-meter champion, easily advanced to the 200 final with teammate Charles Clark. Dix runs the 100 final tonight.

UCF: LSU assistant baseball coach Terry Rooney will take the Knights' head job after the Tigers' College World Series appearance.

UConn: Basketball recruit Elena Delle Donne, the national high school player of the year, left summer school after two days and returned home to Delaware. She told ESPN that her problems go beyond basketball and she will take a long break. She denied reports she left after an on-court dispute with other UConn players. UConn spokesman Mike Enright said the school had no comment because the issue is personal.

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