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LSU champs party with their fans

An estimated 8,000 fans gathered at Tiger Stadium on Sunday to greet the second LSU team in as many weeks to earn a national title. The baseball Tigers, winners of the College World Series on Saturday, returned Sunday from Omaha, Neb., after an 8-0 victory over Wichita State, the team they also beat in the 1991 final. Also honored was the LSU women's track team, which won its seventh consecutive NCAA outdoor track and field title June

5. The baseball team won the SEC tournament, the NCAA South Regional and the World Series _ each after dropping into the losers' bracket, one loss from elimination.

TRACK: Jamaica's Merlene Ottey ran the fastest 100 meters by a woman this year, winning at the Zeiss-Gala meet in 11.09 seconds in Jena, Germany. Ottey was one of four athletes who turned in a year's-best performance: Russia's Natalia Schikolenko tossed the javelin 215 feet, 6 inches; Germany's Heike Drechsler went 23-5\ in the long jump; and Germany's Lars Riedel produced the top discus throw at 224-6.

SOCCER: Police in Perugia, Italy, called for reinforcements from Rome and Florence after angry fans took to the streets on two consecutive days to protest the local team's probable loss of a promotion to the second division. The third-division team, which qualified for the long-sought promotion into Division B, has been involved in a fraud and corruption investigation that almost certainly will bar it from moving up.

_ Compiled by Mike Huguenin

LONG JOURNEY: Former gold-medal gymnast Mary Lou Retton holds the Olympic torch as she begins the first leg of the 41-day, 4,600-mile Texas Torch Run from Austin to San Antonio. The U.S. Olympic Festival '93 runs July 23-Aug. 1 in San Antonio. Retton is a former University of Texas student.

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