March 11, 2010

Sports Digest

— COLLEGES

Bates doubles team captures NCAA title with victory over duo from Bowdoin

Ben Stein and Amrit Rupasinghe of Bates College beat Bowdoin's Jamie Neely and Oscar Pena 6-4, 5-7, 6-4 on Sunday to win the NCAA Division III men's tennis doubles championship at Claremont, Calif.

Stein also reached the singles final but was defeated by Emory's Chris Goodwin, 7-5, 5-7, 6-1.

WOMEN'S TENNIS: Bowdoin senior Sarah D'Elia earned All-American honors by reaching the semifinals of the NCAA Division III singles tournament at Lawrenceville, Ga.

St. Scholastica's Ploy Suthijindawong defeated D'Elia, 6-2, 6-3.

BASEBALL: Ed Flaherty of the University of Southern Maine was named Division III New England Region coach of the year by the American Baseball Coach Association, and outfielder Anthony D'Alfonso of Westbrook was selected to the ABCA All-America third team.

n Texas (41-13-1) was selected as the top seed for the 64-team Division I tournament.

The other national seeds are Cal State Fullerton, LSU, North Carolina, Arizona State, UC Irvine, Oklahoma and Florida.

MEN'S LACROSSE: Cody Jamieson scored his second goal of the game just 80 seconds into overtime as Syracuse rallied from a three-goal deficit in the final 3:37 of regulation to beat Cornell 10-9 at Foxborough, Mass., and win its second straight NCAA lacrosse championship.

HORSE RACING

BELMONT STAKES: Preakness winner Rachel Alexandra worked a half-mile at Churchill Downs, but the filly's owner says it may be another week before he decides whether to enter her in the final leg of the Triple Crown on June 6.

Jess Jackson said Rachel Alexandra is ''progressing well'' and will work again next week before a decision is made on the Belmont.

CYCLING

GIRO D'ITALIA: Tour de France champion Carlos Sastre of Spain won the 16th stage -- a 147-mile leg from Pergola to Monte Petrano -- and Denis Menchov of Russia kept the leader's pink jersey.

Sastre was timed in 7 hours, 11 minutes, 54 seconds for a stage that featured three major climbs.

Menchov was the runner-up, 25 seconds behind, and increased his lead over Italy's Danilo Di Luca to 39 seconds, while Sastre moved into third overall, 2:19 back.

American Levi Leipheimer was the day's big loser, cracking on the final climb and dropping from third to sixth in the overall standings.

ROAD RACING

LOS ANGELES MARATHON: Wesley Korir set a course record and became the race's 11th straight Kenyan winner.

Korir covered the 26.2 miles in a personal best of 2 hours, 8 minutes, 24 seconds. Ethiopia's Tariku Jafar was second in 2:09:32.

In the women's division, Russia's Tatiana Petrova broke away from the pack after 19 miles and won with a time of 2:25:59.

--From staff and news services

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