UCLA blanks Mississippi State 8-0 to win first College World Series title

Eric Filia drove in a career-high five runs, Nick Vander Tuig limited Mississippi State to five hits in eight innings, and UCLA won its first national championship in baseball, 8-0 Tuesday night at Omaha, Neb.

The Bruins (49-17) completed a two-game sweep in the College World Series finals and ended the season with 11 straight wins.

Vander Tuig held off the Bulldogs (51-20) when they threatened in the fourth, fifth and eighth innings and recorded his fourth win in the NCAA tournament.

FOOTBALL: The Atlantic Coast Conference is staking a claim to New York City by adding the Pinstripe Bowl to its postseason lineup.

The conference and the Yankee Stadium bowl game have agreed to a six-year deal that starts in 2014.


NASCAR: Bobby Labonte’s consecutive start streak will come to an end at 704 races.

Labonte isn’t entered to race Saturday night at Kentucky Speedway, which will bring an end to the second-longest active starts streak in NASCAR behind Jeff Gordon’s 705 starts.

JTG Daugherty Racing will use A.J. Allmendinger in the No. 47 Toyota at Kentucky.


WINTER GAMES: Anchorage, Alaska, formed an exploratory committee to help determine whether it should bid for the 2026 Winter Olympics.

Anchorage was the United States Olympics Committee choice for the 1992 and 1994 games that ended up being awarded to Albertville, France, then Lillehammer, Norway.

SUMMER GAMES: Fewer than three months before the vote, Tokyo received the most praise in a technical assessment of the three cities bidding for the 2020 Olympics. The other cities are Madrid, Spain, and Istanbul, Turkey.


EX-GIRLFRIEND SENTENCED: The former girlfriend of Jonathan Duhamel, who won $9 million at the 2010 World Series of Poker, was sentenced in Longueuil, Quebec, to 31/2 years in jail for the invasion of his home, assault and robbery.

Bianca Rojas-Latraverse pleaded guilty to three of the five charges – kidnapping, breaking and entering, and conspiracy to commit armed robbery.


STRANAHAN DIES: Frank Stranahan, the premier amateur of his era who contended for majors and was the first notable player to make fitness a regimen in golf, died Sunday at age 90 at West Palm Beach, Fla.

Stranahan won more than 50 amateur titles, including multiples wins in the British Amateur, Western Amateur and North and South Amateur. The one title that eluded him was the U.S. Amateur. He lost in the championship match to Arnold Palmer in 1954, then turned pro. Stranahan, who packed barbells in his suitcase to work out on the road, won six times on the PGA Tour, twice as a pro. His biggest win was the 1958 Los Angeles Open.

PGA PROFESSIONAL: Mark Sheftic , a PGA teaching pro at Merion in Ardmore, Pa., birdied the final two holes at rainy Sunriver (Ore.) Resort for a share of the third-round lead with Chip Sullivan at 8-under 207.


WNBA: Erika De Souza scored 17 points and Angel McCoughtry added 16 to lead Atlanta to a 76-60 victory against visiting Indiana.

n Brittney Griner had 26 points, seven rebounds and five blocks, and visiting Phoenix outlasted San Antonio 83-77 for its fifth win in six games.


U.S. NATIONALS: Missy Franklin won the 100-meter freestyle with the second-fastest time in the world this year and assuring herself of a spot on the U.S. world championship team.

Franklin charged past the top three swimmers — Olympic gold medalist Natalie Coughlin, and NCAA national champions Megan Romano of Georgia and Margo Geer of Arizona — in the second half of the race, and held off Shannon Vreeland and the hard-charging Simone Manuel as she sprinted to the wall over the final 25 meters.

— From news service reports