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Arkansas' Strode out of NCAA tennis tournament

COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) - Arkansas' Blake Strode has been eliminated from the NCAA Singles Championships.

Strode lost a semi-final match against Mississippi's Devin Britton 7-6, 6-4 on Sunday in College Station, Texas.

Strode had been seeded No. 15 on the men's side. He is only the third Razorback to ever reach the NCAA semifinal round.

2009 All-SEC Tournament Team

HOOVER, Ala. (AP) - The SEC All-Tournament team announced Sunday:

Catcher - Andrew Giobbi, Vanderbilt.

First base - Preston Tucker, Florida.

Second base - Bo Bigham, Arkansas.

Third base - Zack Cox, Arkansas.

Shortstop - Austin Nola, LSU; Ben Tschepikow, Arkansas.

Outfield - Steven Liddle, Vanderbilt; Jonathan Pigott, Florida; Mikie Mahtook, LSU.

Designated hitter - Blake Dean, LSU.

Pitcher - Mike Minor, Vanderbilt; Daniel Bradshaw, LSU.

Tournament MVP - Mikie Mahtook, LSU.

Royals avoid sweep with 3-2 win over Cardinals

ST. LOUIS (AP) - Brian Bannister worked six strong innings and drove in a run and pinch-hitter Mike Jacobs' RBI single snapped a seventh-inning tie, helping the Kansas City Royals avoid a 3-game sweep in the I-70 interleague series with a 3-2 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on Sunday.

The Royals ended a 24-inning scoreless drought and finally got to St. Louis pitching, which shut them out 5-0 each of the first two games. Kansas City, which has only two pinch-hit RBIs all season, has won only 5 of its last 15 games.

The Cardinals entered the finale with a 5-game winning streak behind stingy starters who allowed only one run in 36 2-3 innings. All three games were sold out.

Cardinals activate Ankiel from DL for Royals game

ST. LOUIS (AP) - The St. Louis Cardinals activated Rick Ankiel from the 15-day disabled list Sunday, reversing course from a day earlier after the outfielder had a strong workout.

He was batting fifth against the Kansas City Royals on Sunday after convincing manager Tony La Russa he could play. La Russa had been targeting Monday for Ankiel's return.

Ankiel had been on the DL since May 4 after a headfirst crash into the wall while making a running catch. He suffered a bruised right shoulder and soreness.

Infielder Tyler Greene was optioned to AAA Memphis. Greene, who saw playing time at shortstop in place of Khalil Greene, batted .263 with two homers and four RBIs in 38 at-bats.

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