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Sports in brief: U.S. softball team wins sixth straight World Cup


u.s. wins sixth world cup

OKLAHOMA CITY — Samantha Fischer doubled in two runs, Michelle Moultrie circled the bases when her bunt just in front of home plate was thrown into rightfield and the United States beat Australia 3-0 Monday night to win its sixth straight World Cup of Softball championship.

Jackie Traina, Jordan Taylor, Keilani Ricketts combined on a one-hit shutout for the Americans, who outscored opponents 43-3 in their six games.

The United States jumped ahead in the bottom of the first when centerfielder Verity Long-Droppert broke inward on Fischer's line drive with two out and the ball got over her head. Kaitlin Cochran and Stacy May-Johnson scored.

The Americans will next head to the Canadian Open, where top rival Japan will be in the field after skipping this year's World Cup for the first time. The sport's two top teams are set to play Saturday.


Wife of longtime FSU coach dies of cancer

The wife of former longtime Florida State defensive coordinator Mickey Andrews died Sunday at the MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. Diane Andrews was 69. She was diagnosed with stomach cancer six months ago.

"We have lost a member of our Seminole family today," athletic director Randy Spetman said in a statement. "Diane was a special person whose love and caring touched us all, including hundreds of student-athletes."

Mickey Andrews retired following the 2009 season after 26 years with the Seminoles.

Irish coach McGraw gets 10-year extension: Notre Dame women's basketball coach Muffet McGraw signed a 10-year extension through the 2021-22 season. McGraw, 56, led Notre Dame to the national title in 2001. Her teams have made 19 NCAA Tournament appearances, including 17 in a row.

football: Stanford running back Tyler Gaffney will give up his final year of eligibility in football to pursue a baseball career. Gaffney ran for 449 yards and scored seven touchdowns as a junior last season. He played outfield for three seasons and was a 24th-round selection by the Pirates. … Former UCLA starting kicker Kip Smith reportedly transferred to Oklahoma State.


Title defense, then Ukraine elections

Vitali Klitschko will defend his WBC heavyweight title against Germany's Manuel Charr before turning his attention to Ukraine's parliamentary elections.

Klitschko's management group announced he will fight Charr, 27, in Moscow on Sept. 8 then lead the UDAR party in his country's elections Oct. 28. Klitschko, 40, said he wants to continue fighting but "I will make my decision after the election."

Charr, who was born in Beirut, is unbeaten with 21 wins and 11 KOs. Klitschko has 40 KOs with 44 wins and two defeats.

Klitschko's younger brother, Wladimir, defends his WBA, IBF and WBO heavyweight titles against Tony Thompson on Saturday in Berne, Switzerland.

et cetera

Autos: NASCAR penalized Austin Dillon because his car failed inspection after his Nationwide Series win at Kentucky on Friday, dropping him out of the points lead. Dillon was docked six points in the standings, going from two points up on Elliott Sadler to down by four.

Soccer: Delegates of the Dominica Football Association have voted in favor of a resolution to ban the organization's president from the sport from the remainder of his term. In November, FIFA banned Patrick John from all football activity for two years for his part in an alleged bribery plot involving former presidential candidate Mohamed bin Hammam. Local delegates voted in favor of the ban 24-7. John cannot participate in local activities until 2015.

Times wires

Sports in brief: U.S. softball team wins sixth straight World Cup 07/02/12 [Last modified: Tuesday, July 3, 2012 12:24am]
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