Megan Bush hit her 21st home run of the season, Michelle Moultrie added a solo shot and Florida showed off its power in a 6-2 win against Missouri on Thursday night at the Women’s College World Series.The Tigers got a two-run double in the sixth inning from Lisa Simmons.

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NASCAR driver Jamie McMurray returned to his boyhood home — or at least to the spot where it used to stand. Like much of tornado-ravaged Joplin, it didn’t look anything like the place where he grew up. McMurray visited Joplin yesterday, hoping to lift the spirits of residents trying to put their lives back together and raise awareness of ongoing needs in the area. In a telephone interview, McMurray says he was stunned by the level of destruction and heartbreaking stories of lost lives, but inspired by the large number of volunteers who drove in from across the country to help with relief efforts.

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The Minnesota Twins snapped their four-game losing streak by beating the Kansas City Royals 8-2 last night. Michael Cuddyer, Denard Span, Matt Tolbert and Rene Rivera each drove in runs for the Twins. Starter Anthony Swarzak scattered seven hits for his first win of the season. Royals starting and losing pitcher Sean O’Sullivan says he can’t throw strikes lately.  O’Sullivan gave up seven runs, only three earned, in just two-and-two-thirds innings to suffer the loss, which halted a modest two-game winning streak. The 4-game set continues with game two tonight at Kaufman.

Meanwhile, Left-hander John Lamb, one of the Royals’ top prospects, will undergo Tommy John surgery on his left elbow. The team announced that Lamb will have the surgery on today. It will be performed in Los Angeles. The 20-year-old Lamb was the 2010 Paul Splittorff Award winner as the top pitcher in the Royals’ organization. He was taken in the fifth round of the 2008 draft. He made eight starts this year at Double-A Northwest Arkansas and was 1-2 with a 3.09 ERA.

Final     Texas     7     Cleveland     4
Final     Seattle     8     Tampa Bay     2

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Aubrey Huff went 4-for-5 with three home runs and six RBI as the Giants downed the Cardinals, 12-7.  Freddy Sanchez also hit a three-run homer and had four RBI run as the Giants took three-of-four from St. Louis. Cardinals starting and losing pitcher Lance Lynn says he missed a few spots late in this one.
Colby Rasmus hit a grand slam and a triple to finish with six RBI on the day for the Cardinals, but it wasn’t enough.Jonathan Sanchez earned the win, allowing three runs on four hits over five-and-a-third innings while walking six. The Cards start a weekend series with the Cubs tonight at Busch Stadium.

Final     N-Y Mets     9     Pittsburgh     8
Final     Washington     6     Arizona     1
Final     Houston     7     San Diego     4
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Dirk Nowitzki led a comeback for the ages as Dallas raced back to steal Game Two of the NBA Finals from Miami, 95-93.  Trailing by 15 with six-and-a-half minutes to go, Dallas closed on a 22-5 run capped by Nowitzki’s driving, go-ahead layup with three seconds remaining. Nowitzki says they never let emotions ebb when they fall behind.  Dirk scored the Mavs’ final nine points of the game to finish with 24 and 11 boards. The Mavs’ astounding reversal evens the series at 1-all with both teams headed to Dallas for Game Three on Sunday.

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The NFL and its players met for a third straight day of mediation yesterday. Commissioner Roger Goodell (guh-DEHL’) and several owners were joined Thursday by NFLPA chief DeMaurice Smith and a group of players before a U.S. magistrate judge. When it ended, the NFLPA issued a statement saying the parties met pursuant to court mediation and that the court has ordered continued confidentiality of the mediation sessions. A court hearing in St. Louis on the NFL’s appeal of a ruling blocking its lockout of the players begins tomorrow. That ruling was stayed by an appeals panel last month.

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