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Carpenter added to softball staff

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) - Arkansas softball head coach Mike Larabee has named Sue Carpenter as assistant coach.

Carpenter was an assistant coach under Larabee the previous three seasons at Wright State where she worked with infielders and coordinated camps, recruiting and scouting.

During her three years at Wright State, the Raiders made two NCAA Tournament appearances and won back-to-back Horizon League Tournament titles in 2007 and 2008.

Carpenters work with the infielders was put on display when Bridget Henry earned the All-Tournament Defensive Award at first base during the Raiders 2008 run to the conference tournament title.

She also helped guide Jherica Williams to the programs first Horizon League Player of the Year award, also in 2008.

Kershaw pitches Dodgers over Astros 5-2

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Clayton Kershaw allowed two hits over seven scoreless innings to win his fifth straight decision and the Los Angeles Dodgers celebrated manager Joe Torre's 69th birthday with a 5-2 victory over the Houston Astros on Saturday night.

Kershaw (8-5) struck out five and lowered his ERA to 2.95. The 21-year-old left-hander is 5-0 with a minuscule 0.63 ERA over his last seven starts, and has not allowed a run in 5 of those outings. This was only the second time he lasted seven innings during that stretch.

Jonathan Broxton, who has been hampered by a sore big right toe and has had two cortisone shots for it, got three outs for his 21st save in 23 attempts.

Behind Baker, Cuddyer, Twins beat sliding Rangers 4-1

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - Scott Baker allowed a run in eight innings and Michael Cuddyer homered as the Minnesota Twins handed the slumping Texas Rangers their fourth straight loss, 4-1 Saturday night.

The Twins, who are 2-0 on a 10-game road trip, moved within two games of first-place Detroit in a bunched American League Central.

Baker (8-7) retired the last nine batters he faced. He allowed six hits and struck out eight to win for the fourth time in five starts.

Joe Nathan pitched a scoreless ninth for his 25th save in 27 chances. Nathan has not allowed a run in his last 23 2-3 innings dating back to May 21.

US beats Panama 2-1, advances in Gold Cup

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - With just one regular in the starting lineup, the United States rallied past Panama into the semifinals of the CONCACAF Gold Cup.

Kenny Cooper converted a penalty kick in the 105th minute, giving the 2-time defending champions a 2-1 victory and a semifinal berth against Honduras, which beat Canada 1-0 in the opener of Saturday's doubleheader.

Blas Perez put Panama ahead in first-half stoppage time, but Kyle Beckerman tied the score in the 49th.

In Sunday's quarterfinal doubleheader, Guadeloupe meets Costa Rica and Mexico faces Haiti in the first sporting event at the Dallas Cowboys new stadium at Arlington, Texas. The semifinals are Thursday in Chicago.

Boswell gives Dynamo 1-1 tie with Toronto FC

TORONTO (AP) - Houston defender Bobby Boswell scored the tying goal in the 75th minute as the Dynamo rallied to a 1-1 draw with Toronto FC on Saturday.

Boswell, sent in alone on a pass from midfielder Geoff Cameron, was foiled on his first attempt by goalie Stefan Frei, but the ball came loose. Boswell then buried a shot for his third goal of the season.

Houston (9-4-5) improved the MLS' best record.

Toronto (7-6-5) took the lead in the 38th as fullback Marvell Wynne, pushing forward, made a pass that sent Dwayne DeRosario in alone on goalie Pat Onstad. DeRosario scored his team-leading sixth goal of the season.

Russia's Ivanov wins Tour stage; spectator dies

BESANCON, France (AP) - Serguei Ivanov of Russia has won the 14th stage of the Tour de France. The day's ride was marked by the death of a fan who was hit by a police motorcycle escorting the cyclists.

George Hincapie of the United States finished soon after Ivanov in a small breakaway group Saturday and could take the overall leader's yellow jersey from Rinaldo Nocentini of Italy. Nocentini trailed in the main pack minutes behind.

Lance Armstrong and 2007 winner Alberto Contador began the day seconds behind Nocentini. They were also behind the breakaway riders.

A police motorcycle struck a woman crossing the course route early in the 124-mile stage from Colmar to Besancon. Two other people were injured.

Cooper, Holtz, Aikman head Hall of Fame class

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) - Former Ohio State coach John Cooper remembers when he was a young assistant going to coaching conventions hoping to catch a glimpse of Woody Hayes, Ara Parseghian, Bo Schembechler and Bear Bryant.

He joined those coaching greats yesterday as he and 21 other former coaches and players were enshrined into the College Football Hall of Fame. Cooper, who also coached at Arizona State and Tulsa, said it's a great feeling to be associated with the coaches he once just wanted to see. He said being enshrined is 1 of the best days of his life.

Others enshrined Saturday include former UCLA quarterback Troy Aikman, former Oklahoma State tailback Thurman Thomas, former Florida linebacker Wilber Marshall and former Notre Dame coach Lou Holtz.


Aikman enshrined at college hall of fame

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) - Former Dallas Cowboys quarterback Troy Aikman is among the 2009 inductees to the College Football Hall of Fame.

Aikman leads a class of 21 former players and coaches who were enshrined at the hall Saturday. 1 of Aikman's favorite Cowboy targets, tight end Jay Novacek, were also inducted.

Aikman led UCLA to back-to-back 10-2 seasons but never led the Bruins to the Rose Bowl. In fact, he never even won a national championship there -- but he did at Oklahoma.

He left for UCLA after the wishbone-happy Sooners won the 1985 national championship. He went on to win three Super Bowls while becoming the Cowboys' all-time passing leader.

Former Texas Tech All-American Dave Parks was also enshrined.

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