OMAHA, Neb. (AP) – UCLA has its first-ever national championship in baseball after completing a two-game sweep of Mississippi State. Eric Filia drove in a career-high five runs and Nick Vander Tuig scattered five hits in eight innings as the Bruins hammered the Bulldogs 8-0 at Omaha. Vander Tuig snuffed out Mississippi State rallies in the fourth, fifth and eight innings to preserve his shutout and fourth win in the NCAA tournament.
NEW YORK (AP) – Knicks guard J.R. Smith has informed the team he will decline his contract option for next season and become a free agent. The NBA’s reigning Sixth Man of the Year is happy in New York and is a longtime teammate of Carmelo Anthony so he would likely want to stay with the right offer. He can make much more than the $2.9 million he was scheduled to earn next season. Smith averaged 18.1 points in 80 regular-season games but shot just 29 percent in his last eight playoff games.
NEW YORK (AP) – New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez has tweeted that his hip surgeon has cleared him to play in rehabilitation games. Rodriguez had left hip surgery on Jan. 16 and has been working out at the Yankees’ complex in Tampa, Fla.
LONDON (AP) – Defending men’s champ Roger Federer and No. 2 Andy Murray are part of today’s schedule at Wimbledon. Second seed Victoria Azarenka and No. 3 Maria Sharapova highlight the women’s draw as second-round action begins. No. 1 seeds Novak Djokovic (JOH’-koh-vihch) and Serena Williams were first-round winners yesterday.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) – Bobby Labonte’s (luh-BAHN’-tayz) consecutive start streak will come to an end at 704 races in a run that began in 1993. Labonte is not entered to race Saturday night at Kentucky Speedway, which will bring an end to the second-longest active starts streak in NASCAR behind Jeff Gordon’s 705 starts.