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State Sports Roundup: UW-Stevens Point advances to DIII Baseball World Series

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APPLETON - The field is set for the NCAA Division III Baseball World Series that begins on Friday near Appleton.

UW-Stevens Point - which won the Whitewater Regional during the weekend - will play Manchester of Indiana in the third game on Friday about 5:30 p.m. Southern Maine and Millsaps of Mississippi will open the double-elimination finals at Fox Cities Stadium. Linfield of Oregon and Ithaca of New York will play in Game-Two, and Kean of New Jersey will face Webster of Saint Louis in the fourth-and-final contest on the opening day. The tournament is scheduled to run until next Tuesday.

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Four teams remain in the NCAA Division III softball finals in Eau Claire. Tufts won the winner's bracket yesterday with a 6-0 shutout of New York-Cortland. Texas-Tyler will face Cortland today, with the loser to be eliminated. Salisbury, with one loss, will take on unbeaten Tufts this afternoon. The tournament runs through tomorrow at Eau Claire's Carson Park.

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Jerry Kelly of Madison tied for 21st at the PGA's Byron Nelson Championship in Irving Texas. Kelly shot a two-over-par 72 in his final round yesterday, to finish at three-under-277. Sang-Moon Bae won the tournament at 13-under.

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Eliud Negtich of New York won the Cellcom Green Bay Marathon yesterday, in better weather than a year ago when stifling heat sent runners to the hospital. Ngetich outpaced about seven-thousand other runners in completing the 26-plus miles in two-hours, 18 minutes and 26 seconds. Wisconsin's top runner was Ben Orvold of Kenosha, who finished third in 2:26:38. Milwaukee native Lauren Kleppin, who now lives in Big Bear Lake California, won the women's marathon in 2:47:20. Benson Cheruiyot of Kenosha took the men's half-marathon in 1:05:17. Sussex native Kellyn Johnson of Arizona won the women's half-marathon in 1:16:56. Race director Sean Ryan said organizers were much better prepared for the weather this year, and new security measures were in place in the wake of the Boston Marathon bombings. A tribute to the Boston runners took place before the Green Bay race began. It was 60 degrees at the start. Three runners were sent to hospitals -- one with a heart problem, and two for hypothermia.

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Fallbrook of California won its third straight Division I title yesterday at the National Girls' High School Rugby Championships at Franksville in Racine County. Fallbrook crushed Kent of Washington 55-to-10 in the title match. Divine Savior Holy Angels of Milwaukee took third, beating Waukesha Catholic Memorial 27-12.

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The No. 14 ranked University of Wisconsin women's rowing team placed third at the Big Ten Championships at Indianapolis yesterday. The Badgers opened the day with a victory in the second novice-eight race. They were second going into the final race, but Ohio State and Michigan finished ahead of Wisconsin in the varsity-eight finals and claimed the top two spots in the standings. The Buckeyes won the crown, and Michigan was second. All but one of the Wisconsin boats earned medals. The Badgers will wait to see if they will be picked as an at-large bid to the NCAA meet. The selections will be made Tuesday.

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