Saturday, December 16, 2017

Sports in Briefs


USF beats Notre Dame in 19 innings

SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Brandon High grad James Ramsay singled home the go-ahead run in the 19th inning to help USF win the longest game in its history, 8-2 over Notre Dame on Friday. The victory kept the Bulls (30-15) in first place in the Big East at 14-2, one game ahead of Pittsburgh.

The Bulls' previous longest game was 16 innings three times: 2011, 2008 and 2000. After losing their first three extra-inning games this season, the Bulls have won seven in a row. "There is something special going on … and I'm not trying to figure it out," USF coach Lelo Prado said.

USF tied it in the ninth off Dan Slania, who threw 140 pitches over nine innings of relief for Notre Dame (27-18, 7-9), on a two-out, two-run double by Alex Mendez. In the 19th, the Bulls scored six unearned runs (with help from two errors). Kyle Copack drove in two with a double and Zac Gilcrease, a graduate of Tampa's Cambridge Christian, one with a single.

Steven Leasure allowed two hits over three innings to get the win. In the 18th, he struck out Lane Richards with two outs and a runner on third. Lawrence Pardo, Chad Taylor Janick Serrallonga, Adrian Puig and Leasure combined to throw 12 innings of shutout relief.

Baseball: Stephen McGee's tiebreaking homer in the eighth lifted host Florida State (36-9), No. 10 in the Baseball America poll, past Central Florida (26-20) 4-2.

Men's basketball: Florida's nonconference schedule for 2013-14 will include national powers Kansas (home Dec. 10), Connecticut (away Dec. 3) and Memphis (in New York reportedly Dec. 17). The Gators host Florida State on Nov. 29, the day before the schools meet in football in Gainesville. … Former Maryland C Alex Len, a projected lottery pick, is out six months after surgery for a stress fracture in his left ankle.

Women's lacrosse: Ashley Bruns scored five goals to lead No. 1-seeded Florida past No. 5 Ohio State 17-3 in the American Lacrosse Conference semifinals in Baltimore. The Gators (17-1) face No. 2 Northwestern at noon Sunday, the winner earning an automatic berth to the NCAA tournament.


Nadal criticizes plan to destroy blood bags

Tennis star Rafael Nadal called the decision to destroy blood evidence used in a major trial in Spain "a mistake." On Tuesday, a doctor, Eufemiano Fuentes, was found guilty of endangering the health of cyclists via blood doping and received a one-year suspended prison sentence. But the judge, citing privacy concerns, ordered 211 blood bags destroyed without analysis. Fuentes testified he had clients from other sports, including soccer, tennis, boxing and track, but they were not identified.

Olympic champion cited: Turkey's Asli Cakir Alptekin, the 2012 Olympic 1,500-meter champion, was charged with doping and could be stripped of her gold medal. The case has been sent to the Turkish athletic federation. Turkey's Gamze Bulut was second in London, Bahrain's Maryam Yusuf Jamal third and Russia's Tatyana Tomashova fourth.


Swiss pull off upset in opener of worlds

The Oilers' Martin Gerber made 29 saves as Switzerland upset Sweden 3-2 in the opener of pool play in the world championships. In the other game in Stockholm, the Czechs defeated Belarus 2-0. In Helsinki, Finland beat Germany 4-3 in overtime while Slovakia beat France 6-2. The United States, which named the Lightning's Nate Thompson and Matt Carle alternate captains, faces Austria today.

Et cetera

Tennis: David Ferrer beat Victor Hanescu 6-4, 7-6 (7-2) to reach the semifinals of the Portugal Open in Oeiras. He faces Andreas Seppi.

Soccer: FIFA said it won't mind if Qatar builds only eight stadiums when it hosts the 2022 World Cup. The nation said it would use 12 during its bid, but doing so could push costs over its $95 billion estimate.

Times wires

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