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SOONERS WIN OPENER OF SOFTBALL WORLD SERIES

OKLAHOMA CITY — Sydney Romero's three-run homer gave Oklahoma a 3-2 victory over Auburn and put the Sooners a win away from their third national championship in softball Monday. Romero, a freshman, sent a pitch from Auburn's Lexi Davis into the seats just left of centerfield with two outs in the third inning. Auburn's Jade Rhodes homered in the top of the seventh to cut Oklahoma's lead to 3-2. With one out and runners on second and third, Auburn's Courtney Shea sent a hard shot down the first-base line, but Oklahoma 1B Shay Knighten threw out pinch-runner Casey McCrackin at home. Tiffany Howard then popped out to end the game. Game 2 of the best-of-three series is tonight.

BASEBALL: Stanford baseball coach Mark Marquess is retiring after the 2017 season, which will be his 41st year leading the program. … Texas Tech and UC Santa Barbara advanced to the NCAA tournament super region.

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Ex-Buc Talib out of hospital

Broncs CB Aqib Talib was released from a Dallas hospital amid reports suggesting he may have accidentally shot himself. The former Buc was discharged from Medical City Hospital after being treated for a gunshot wound to his right leg. It's unlikely he will practice again until training camp.

BEARS: Former Florida DE Jonathan Bullard, the team's third-round draft pick, agreed to a four-year contract.

BILLS: Former Clemson DE Shaq Lawson, the team's first-round pick, signed a four-year deal worth $10.3 million, the Associated Press reported.

PANTHERS: C Ryan Kalil signed a two-year extension, keeping the three-time All-Pro under contract through the 2018 season.

VIKINGS: All-Pro S Harrison Smith signed a contract extension. Terms were not disclosed.

ET CETERA

DOPING: Six Russian weightlifters, including 2014 world junior champion Larisa Kobeleva and European junior champion Nadezhda Ovchinnikova, have been banned for violations, the country's national anti-doping agency said. Also, the International Weightlifting Federation said it has been notified of 20 positive tests, including medal winners, among the retested samples from the 2008 and 2012 Olympics.

GOLF: Ian Poulter will serve as a vice captain of Europe's Ryder Cup team after a foot injury ended his chances of playing.

MMA: Brock Lesnar's opponent for his comeback fight at UFC 200 will be veteran heavyweight Mark Hunt.

OLYMPICS: Spain's Olympic Committee said 3,000 bottles of insect repellent will be available to its athletes to help them avoid the Zika virus during the Rio de Janeiro Games.

SOCCER: Ukraine's intelligence agency thwarted a plot to attack the European Championship tournament in France by arresting a heavily armed Frenchman who wanted to cross into the European Union, officials said. The Ukrainian Security Service didn't identify the man.

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