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Virginia beats Cal State Fullerton

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - Virginia has eliminated second-seeded Cal State Fullerton from the College World Series in a 7-5 win. Fullerton ace Daniel Renkin was tagged for a season high six runs in taking the loss.

Virginia scored 4 runs in the second inning to take the lead for good. Keith Werman, batting ninth in the lineup, singled home the tying run and Danny Hultzen hit a two-run single

The Cavaliers now play the loser of tonight's game between Arkansas and LSU.

Minnesota wild hires Sharks' assistant

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - The Minnesota Wild have hired San Jose Sharks assistant Todd Richards to be their next head coach.

A person with knowledge of the hire confirmed it to The Associated Press.

Richards spent a season with the Sharks after two years as head coach of Pittsburgh's top farm club. New Wild general manager Chuck Fletcher was an assistant GM for the Penguins at the time.

Richards is a former defenseman for the University of Minnesota who played briefly for the Hartford Whalers and spent several years in the minors before turning to coaching.

He's the second coach in the team's nine years. Jacques Lemaire resigned in April.

Penguins honored today in Pittsburgh

PITTSBURGH (AP) - Four months after celebrating the Steelers' Super Bowl victory, tens of thousands of people have converged on downtown Pittsburgh for another parade of champions. This time, they're honoring the Stanley Cup champion Penguins. People lined city streets - in some places standing 20 deep or crowding onto multilevel parking garages - to get a glimpse of the team and the cup.

The Penguins won their third NHL title Friday with a 2-1 victory over the Detroit Red Wings in Game 7 of the championship series. The parade followed the same route that drew an estimated 300,000 fans to the city two days after the Steelers won Super Bowl XLIII.

Many are wearing team jerseys and holding homemade aluminum foil replicas of the prized cup.

Hatcher moving upstairs

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Philadelphia defenseman Derian Hatcher has announced his retirement two weeks after knee replacement surgery. The 37-year-old former Flyers captain joined the coaching staff as player development coach.

Hatcher finished his career with 80 goals and 331 points in 1,045 games for the Minnesota North Stars, Dallas Stars, Detroit Red Wings and the Flyers. He also scored 33 points for 133 career NHL playoff games.

He won a Stanley Cup with Dallas in 1999 and is the only American-born player to captain a team to a championship.

No changes behind Hurricanes' bench

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - The Carolina Hurricanes will keep their coaching staff together after their run to the Eastern Conference finals.

The team said Monday it has agreed to terms with coach Paul Maurice on a multiyear contract. In addition, Ron Francis will return as associate head coach and take on the title of director of player personnel.

Taking Rooney Rule a step farther

(AP) - The NFL is broadening its "Rooney Rule" by requiring teams to interview at least one minority candidate when seeking to fill its senior football operations positions.

Commissioner Roger Goodell (guh-DEHL') informed the NFL's 32 member teams of the new requirement, which received strong endorsement at league meetings last month. The change is expected to provide minorities more opportunities to fill each franchise's one senior football post.

Currently, there are five minorities filling top executive positions in the NFL, including Ozzie Newsome in Baltimore.

The new rule builds on the requirement that applies to head-coaching vacancies that was established seven years ago by an NFL committee led by Pittsburgh Steelers chairman Dan Rooney.

Will Favre open up to Buck?

NEW YORK (AP) - Brett Favre (fahrv) is about to break his silence on whether he'll play next season.

The quarterback is to appear tonight on the premier of Joe Buck Live, an HBO sports production hosted by the longtime baseball and football announcer.

HBO says Favre agreed in April to appear on the show at Buck's request. That was before his release from the New York Jets, prompting Minnesota's pursuit of the 39-year-old 3-time NFL MVP.

Favre has been assessing the condition of his arm and whether he is interested in coming out of retirement for a second straight year.

Burress case on hold

NEW YORK (AP) - Former New York Giants wide receiver Plaxico Burress (PLEK'-sih-koh BUR'-ihs) is negotiating with several NFL teams to return to pro football this season after a judge delayed his trial on gun possession charges.

Burress made a brief appearance in court Monday, accompanied by his wife and his lawyer.

Outside court, attorney Benjamin Brafman said it was "inconceivable" that Burress would face trial on the charge before 2010. He says several teams are trying to sign his client, and "physically he's in the best shape of his life. He's ready to play."

Behm's back with Cowboys

CARROLLTON, Texas (AP) - The Dallas Cowboys scouting assistant who was paralyzed from the waist down on May 2 when the team's practice facility collapsed, has attended the start of minicamp.

Rich Behm sat in the pressbox Monday to watch the first practice session of the Cowboys' only mandatory minicamp. He was in a booth with other team scouting officials.

The minicamp, like other offseason activities since the accident, is being held at a high school stadium a few miles from the team's Valley Ranch complex. The Cowboys expect to return to Valley Ranch after training camp.

Meeks leaving Kentucky

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - Jodie Meeks has decided to leave Kentucky and remain in consideration for the NBA draft.

First-year Wildcats coach John Calipari, Twitters that he's excited for Meeks and wishes he had the chance to coach him.

The decision is 1 of few setbacks in Calipari's efforts to amass a star-studded roster. He has landed some of the nation's top recruits, and center Patrick Patterson decided not to go pro.

Meeks led the Wildcats in scoring last season and provided 1 of the few highlights of a lackluster campaign when he scored a team-record 54 points against Tennessee. He had one season of college eligibility remaining.

Teague sticks to his decision

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - Wake Forest star Jeff Teague is staying in the NBA draft. It ends his college career after just two seasons. Teague was a second-team all-ACC pick who helped the Demon Deacons to a No. 1 ranking in January before being upset by Cleveland State in the first round of the NCAA tournament.

Teague announced in April he would declare but not hire an agent, allowing him the option of returning to school in Winston-Salem for his junior year. But coach Dino Gaudio said Teague told him shortly before Monday afternoon's deadline to withdraw that he would stay in the draft.

Lawal staying at Georgia Tech

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia Tech has more reasons to be optimistic about its basketball season after learning that Gani Lawal will remain at the school.

Lawal has withdrawn from the NBA draft and will return for his junior season.

The 6-foot-9 forward averaged 15.1 points and 9.5 rebounds last season. He ranked second in the Atlantic Coast Conference in rebounds and led the league in double-doubles.

Georgia Tech coach Paul Hewitt says Lawal should be considered for ACC player of the year honors.

USGA going back to back at Pinehurst in 2014

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - The USGA will hold the U.S. Open and the U.S. Women's Open at Pinehurst No. 2 a week apart in 2014. It will mark the first time they will be on the same course in consecutive weeks.

The U.S. Open was already scheduled for Pinehurst No. 2 in 2014, the third time in 15 years its premier championship has been played on the Donald Ross course in the sandhills of North Carolina. The U.S. Women's Open has been held at Pine Needles, but never at Pinehurst No. 2.

Putting both events a week apart will save the USGA money in setting up the course, building grandstands and erecting concession, media and hospitality tents.

Green has leg amputated

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Champions Tour golfer Ken Green has had his lower right leg amputated because of severe injuries caused by a car accident.

Green's leg was injured in a fatal accident June 8 in east Mississippi that killed his brother and his girlfriend.

Richardson says the golfer will go through rehabilitation and be fitted for a prosthetic limb. He says Green hopes to play golf again and has set a goal of returning to competition.

AP, others sue NCAA, FSU on public records law

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - The Associated Press and other Florida news organizations are suing the NCAA and Florida State University, saying they violated open government laws by not making public correspondence about an academic cheating scandal at the school.

The 21-page lawsuit was filed Monday in Leon County circuit court.

The dispute is over a response the NCAA gave Florida State on its appeal of sanctions resulting from an academic cheating scandal. The school would be stripped of wins in 10 sports, including football. That would seriously hurt Bobby Bowden's bid to become college football's all-time winningest coach.

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