Home run in the 17th in­ning lifts Ok­la­homa

Los Angeles Times - - BASEBALL - Staff and wire re­ports — Dan Woike —John Cherwa

Shay Knighten's three-run homer against Kelly Barn­hill in the top of the 17th in­ning Mon­day night gave Ok­la­homa a 7-5 vic­tory over Florida in Game 1 of the best-of-three Women’s Col­lege World Se­ries cham­pi­onship se­ries at Ok­la­homa City.

The matchup be­tween pro­grams that have split the last four na­tional ti­tles was the long­est cham­pi­onship se­ries game in NCAA his­tory. It lasted 51⁄2 hours, and all four pitch­ers threw more than 100 pitches.

Ok­la­homa (60-9) can clinch a re­peat Tuesday in Game 2.

Paige Lowary (16-3) got the start, was re­placed, then re-en­tered to claim the win. Cam New­ton is ahead of schedule in his re­hab from shoul­der surgery and is ex­pected to be­gin throw­ing next week at mini­camp, Carolina Pan­thers coach Ron Rivera said. New­ton is not ex­pected to par­tic­i­pate in team drills un­til the Pan­thers re­port to train­ing camp in late July . ... The 49ers bol­stered their pass rush by sign­ing 33-year-old Elvis Dumervil, who had 99 sacks in 10 sea­sons with the Den­ver Bron­cos and Bal­ti­more Ravens but had a ca­reer-low three with the Ravens last fall be­fore an Achilles in­jury cut short his sea­son.

The Charg­ers’ plan to “Fight for LA” got a new nar­ra­tor, the team nam­ing Los An­ge­les sports-talk main­stay Matt Smith as its new ra­dio play-by­play an­nouncer. He’ll be joined in the booth by former Charg­ers cen­ter Nick Hard­wick on KFIAM (640)’s broad­casts.

A fed­eral judge in Chicago dis­missed a wrong­ful death law­suit filed by the par­ents of former NHL player Derek Boog­ard, who blamed the league for their son's brain dam­age and ad­dic­tion to pre­scrip­tion painkillers. Boog­ard, an en­forcer dur­ing six sea­sons with the Min­nesota Wild and the New York Rangers, died of an ac­ci­den­tal over­dose of pain med­i­ca­tions and al­co­hol in 2011.

Backup re­ceiver Roger Lewis Jr. of the New York Giants was ar­rested last week­end in Reynolds­burg, Ohio, for op­er­at­ing a ve­hi­cle un­der the in­flu­ence . ... Three Michi­gan State foot­ball play­ers are be­ing charged in an al­leged sex­ual as­sault on cam­pus in Jan­uary, an at­tor­ney said. Ing­ham County prose­cu­tor Carol Siemon said only that three peo­ple were be­ing charged in the in­ci­dent, but she didn't re­lease de­tails or names. Karen Truszkowski, an at­tor­ney for the ac­cuser, told the As­so­ci­ated Press that the three are foot­ball play­ers.

Dar­rell Wal­lace Jr. will re­place in­jured team­mate Aric Almirola this week­end at Po­cono Race­way, be­com­ing the first black driver to race at NASCAR’s top level since 2006. Wal­lace, 23, is only the fourth black driver in one of NASCAR’s top na­tional se­ries. Wen­dell Scott raced from 1961-73 in Cup, Willy T. Ribbs did three Cup races in 1986 and Bill Lester raced spo­rad­i­cally from 19992007 at all three na­tional lev­els.

Ar­ro­gate, the all-time rich­est horse in purse money in North Amer­ica, will spend the summer at Del Mar in po­ten­tially three races. Trainer Bob Baf­fert an­nounced that he is point­ing the 4-year-old gray first to the San Diego on July 22, then the Pa­cific Clas­sic and, if things go well, the Breed­ers’ Cup Clas­sic. Ar­ro­gate last raced March 25, when he won the $10-mil­lion Dubai World Cup to up his win­nings to more than $17 mil­lion.

Ben Ainslie’s trou­bles in the Amer­ica’s Cup tri­als mounted when the Bri­tish sail­ing star was forced to re­tire from the open­ing race of the chal­lenger semi­fi­nals against New Zealand be­cause of se­ri­ous dam­age to the wing sail on his cata­ma­ran. Ainslie’s crew pulled up on the third of seven legs on Ber­muda’s Great Sound after the cam­ber arm in the high­tech wing sail broke.

An over­sight by the women’s world golf rank­ing means Ly­dia Ko is still No. 1. The LPGA Tour said last week that pro­jec­tions from the world rank­ing showed Ariya Ju­tanu­garn go­ing to No. 1 be­cause Ko didn’t play the ShopRite LPGA Clas­sic and So Yeon Ryu missed the cut. But the tour said that the pro­jec­tions were based on the day they were cal­cu­lated, in­stead of the day when the rank­ing is re­leased.

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