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Elite Eight now Final Four as the road to the NCAA Division I Baseball World Series winds down to the 2-of-3 championship finals that starts Monday at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha, Neb.

By Arnie Leshin  Taking a page from the come-from-behind script pieced together all season by Mississippi State, Louisville put on its own late clinic and slipped past the 6th ranked Bulldogs, 4-3, Thursday to send the SEC team packing and advancing it in today’s Final Four at TD Ameritrade Park …

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Unranked Auburn unable to hold lead, with 4th ranked Mississippi State overcoming a 4-1 gap with four runs in the bottom of the ninth to win 5- 4 in their NCAA DI Baseball World Series opener

By Arnie Leshin  Unranked Auburn was hanging on, hanging on, seeking to get past 4th ranked Mississippi State to continue on its magical run out of the 64-school field to the biggest stage of the Division I Baseball Tournament, the World Series at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha, Neb.   …

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Win or lose in game 6, it will be the final time Thursday night at the Onacle Arena in Oakland for the NBA’s Golden State Warriors, with the Toronto Raptors seeking their first championship

By Arnie Leshin  What you can expect in Oakland Thursday night. What you can’t expect. You can expect an avalanche of ovations as GoldenState comes out for its game six pre-game warm-up for the final time at Onacle Arena. Next, a repeat of the same when the Warriors return to …

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It was all USA women as they opened play as favorites to defend their championship and overwhelmed Thailand, 13-0, Tuesday in Group F in France of the prestigious World Cup

By Arnie Leshin It was as simple as lining up for a lucky 13 apple pies and leaving nothing for the team not dressed in red, white and blue.   For the favored defending champion United Stateswomen, they opened World Cup play in Reims, France, Tuesday with a star-spangled banner …

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Head coach Mike Martin unbelievably returns Florida State baseball to the NCAA Division I World Series in his 40th and final season, with the surging unranked Seminoles seeking Martin’s first national championship in Omaha, Neb.

By Arnie Leshin He was like a kid in a candy store. When the winning run came across Sunday, Mike Martin just stood in front of his dugout and silently shook his head and watched his Florida State players celebrate in the area of first base.   But it didn’t …

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Former New Mexico State’s basketball star Pascal Siakam is playing like he wants to hear the “Fat Lady” sing in Toronto Monday night and bring the Raptors their initial NBA championship

By Arnie Leshin  Tough to follow history of the National Basketball Association, but if the “Fat Lady” sings Monday night in Toronto, only the present will count and the Raptors will celebrate their first NBA championship.   And it will have a New Mexico State player on the roster, and …

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The playing field now in the hands of the NCAA Men’s Division I Baseball Tournament, and the Sweet 16 Super Regional comes to bat Friday in double-elimination play at campus sites

By Arnie Leshin Kudos to the women, congratulations to UCLA junior right-hander Rachel Garcia’s masterful accomplishment from the circle. Hip, hip hurray to the hit parade the Bruins rang up at the NCAA Division I Softball World Series played at the USAHall of Fame Stadium in Oklahoma City.   Great …

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Never too late as retiring Florida State head baseball coach Mike Martin comes off the ACC tournament championship and the NCCA Regional title with Omaha, Neb., still on his mind

By Arnie Leshin Mike Martin couldn’t have said it better.   “This is where I wanted to be,” he said as his 40 years of head baseball coach at Florida State winds down.   Now 75, nobody has more career wins (2,022) in any NCAA sport. His teams have won …

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It was a mob scene at home plate for UCLA, when in the bottom of the 10th inning, junior Rachel Garcia finally ended this tense, scoreless clash versus PAC 10 foe Washington with a 3-run clout over the left field fence to win 3-1 Sunday

By Arnie Leshin After throwing 179 pitches, Rachel Garcia might have been weary, but the UCLA redshirt junior had enough left to send a 2-out, 2-on pitch over the fence in left field and advance the 2nd seeded Bruins into the best-of-3 Championship finals of the 48th annual Division I …

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