Claire Sua homered and Kristen Dedmon hit a tiebreaking two-run single to lead UCLA to its second straight NCAA softball championship and 10th overall with a 3-1 victory over California last night in Oklahoma City.
The Bruins became the first team to win back-to-back championships since Arizona in 1996-97.
Keira Goerl, who pitched a nine-inning no-hitter as UCLA beat California, 1-0, in last year's title game, beat the Golden Bears again but wasn't nearly as dominant.
Goerl allowed seven hits in becoming only the third pitcher to win back-to-back championship games. Arizona's Susie Parra in 1993-94 and UCLA's Debbie Doom in 1984-85 also accomplished the feat.
California was making its third straight appearance in the title game.
* GOLF: Hale Irwin birdied the 18th hole to win the weather-plagued Senior PGA Championship by one stroke over Jay Haas in Louisville.
Irwin led after each round and finished at 8-under-par 276 to win the event for the fourth time. He won it three years in a row starting in 1996.
Irwin, who will turn 59 Thursday, was the oldest winner of the event since Pete Cooper won in 1976 at age 61.
Haas, playing in his first senior event after turning 50 in December, missed a 10-foot birdie putt on 18 as co-leader Irwin watched from the fairway.
Irwin's approach to the 535-yard par-5 landed on the lower tier of the undulating green, about 30 feet away. He rolled a hard-breaking putt within a foot and tapped in for the victory.
"I'm proud, I'm relieved and I'm glad it's over," Irwin said. "It's been an awkward week for everyone."
The tournament was delayed five times in five days by heavy rain and flooding.
Haas, who has four top-10 finishes on the regular PGA Tour this year, has not won a tournament since 1993.
"That's disappointing that I didn't get that done," Haas said. "I had as good an opportunity as I'm going to have."
Craig Stadler shot a final-round 69 to finish third, three shots behind Irwin.
Tom Watson had a final-round 73 and finished tied for fourth at 282 with Dave Barr (74) and Mark James (69).
* SOCCER: Star attacker Ronaldinho hurt his leg and will miss Brazil's World Cup qualifier against Argentina on Wednesday in a game between South American soccer powers.
The striker, who plays for Barcelona in the Spanish league, is one of Brazil's key offensive weapons. He most likely will be replaced by Luis Fabiano, Coach Carlos Alberto Parreira said. . . .
Claudio Ranieri was out as Chelsea's manager despite guiding his team to the European Cup semifinals and a second-place finish behind unbeaten Arsenal in the Premier League.
Ranieri was under contract until 2007 but had been under pressure from owner Roman Abramovich to win titles.
* TRACK: Alan Webb (South Lakes High School) finished fourth at 1,500 meters in the IAAF Grand Prix track and field meet in Hengelo, Netherlands.
Webb ran a personal best 3 minutes 33.70 seconds, bettering his winning effort of 3:35.43 set nine days ago in Carson, Calif. . . .
Maurice Greene looked ready to reclaim the title of world's fastest man, running a wind-aided 9.78 seconds to win the men's 100 meters at the Payton Jordan U.S. Open in Palo Alto, Calif. There has only been one race faster under any conditions: Obadele Thompson ran a wind-aided 9.69 in El Paso on April 13, 1996.
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