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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Paige Bueckers scored 14 points and UConn advanced to the national championship game with a 63-58 victory over defending champion Stanford on Friday night. The Huskies will face South Carolina for the national championship on Sunday night. The Gamecocks beat the Cardinals 72-59 in Game 1 of the Final Four. READ MORE: NCAA Final Four: South Carolina defense smothers Louisville 72-59 WinIt is UConn’s first trip to the Gamecocks championship since 2016, when the Huskies won the last of four straight championships. Since then, the team has suffered heartbreaking defeats in the national semifinals, losing twice in overtime. UConn (30-5) will be seeking its 12th national championship, and the Huskies have never lost in an NCAA title game. They had to work to get to the final. Leading 52-44 with 1:26 left, Stanford put on a furious rally thanks to some costly UConn turnovers. A layup by Cameron Brink with 18.4 seconds left put the Cardinal within 60-58. UConn was able to work seven seconds before Christyn Williams was fouled with 11 seconds left. The senior shooting guard calmly made both free throws to restore a two-possession lead. Ashten Prechtel completely missed a hard-fought 3-pointer from the wing with 5.4 seconds left and the Huskies held on for the win. Haley Jones led the Cardinals (32-4) with 20 points. This has been the most challenging year of Geno Auriemma’s Hall of Fame coaching career. Eight players have had to miss at least two games this season due to injury or illness, including Bueckers, who missed nearly three months with a left knee injury sustained in early December. a defensive rebound. She left the game for a few minutes, and every time she fell to the ground, she seemed to control her knee. Coaches of Fame Tara VanDerveer and Auriemma, who rank first and second on the all-time wins list in women’s basketball. Their two teams met 27 years ago in Minneapolis in the national semifinals and the Huskies won that one, too. They then won their first title that year. The game got off to a slow start as neither team could really find their shooting touch. UConn led 12-9 after one quarter and led 27-26 at the half. The teams combined to shoot 36% (23 of 64) in the first 20 minutes. Stanford was able to keep it close by outscoring UConn 20-6 in the paint. The low-scoring half was reminiscent of the 2010 title game when the teams played at the Alamodome in San Antonio. The Cardinal led that 20-12 at the half. UConn won that 53-47, one of four Huskies wins over the Cardinal in the Final Four or championship rounds. NOSE PROBLEMS Lexie Hull had to leave the game several times in the first half to deal with a bloody nose. She left in the first quarter after being fouled on a drive. Stanford was unable to clean Hull’s blood, so Anna Wilson took both free throws for her. Hull re-entered the game later with a gauze pad in her left nostril, but she had to leave again just before the half when she started bleeding again. She played the entire second half without any further problems. HOMECOMING The game served as a homecoming for Bueckers, who grew up 10 miles from Minneapolis and had many friends and family at the game. She played several times in high school in the state tournament at the Target Center. HEALING HUSKYUConn post Dorka Juhasz flew in to join her team two days after she underwent surgery on the left wrist that had been fractured in the Huskies’ double win over OT. NC State in the regional final on Monday. Juhasz sat on the bench in a tracksuit with her arm in a sling. MORE NEWS: Uncertainty over equity gains in women’s tournament will continue, coaches and players say(© Copyright 2022 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. Possible that this material will not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)

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Gilbert Dominant On Mound To Lift Mariners Past Twins 5-0 – WCCO

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SEATTLE (AP) — At the rate he’s going, Logan Gilbert will find himself pitching in Los Angeles in the All-Star Game a month from now. -Batter in the Mariners’ 5-0 win over the Minnesota Twins on Tuesday night. depression. But the only thing everyone wanted to talk about afterwards was another excellent performance from Gilbert. “It sounds to me like he’s putting together an All-Star season,” Seattle manager Scott Servais said. “I think he’s certainly setting himself apart as one of the best starters in this league.” Gilbert cut his ERA to 2.22, struck out six and walked one. Gilberto Celestino, batting No. 9, and Carlos Correa hit two singles off Gilbert, but the rest of the Twins’ lineup was unsuccessful. The only time Minnesota threatened was in the sixth with runners on first and second and two out, but Gilbert struck out Max Kepler on a 3-2 pitch. It was the fourth time this year that Gilbert won after a loss in Seattle. “I’m trying to always set the tone when it’s my day, and get ahead and keep zeros on the board and give us a chance to win,” Gilbert said. . “So win or lose, that’s my job. And that’s what I’ve tried to go out and do.” Gilbert (7-2) has allowed three runs or fewer in 12 of his 13 starts this season. He has pitched at least six innings in six straight outings, and only Seattle, wanting to keep the pitching countdown down against the Twins a bit, prevented Gilbert from entering the seventh inning. just a bunch of positive things combined,” Twins manager Rocco Baldelli said. “He made good pitches when he had to.” Erik Swanson, Diego Castillo and Matt Festa each worked an inning of relief to finish the shutout. home run an inning later to chase down Minnesota starter Joe Ryan. Sam Haggerty added an RBI double in the seventh. Seattle had scored three runs or fewer in four of the previous six games. The Mariners are 25-10 when scoring four or more this season, even if Gilbert didn’t need that much support.READ MORE: Buxton Homers Vs Seattle Again, Twins Top Mariners 3-2“When he goes out, it’s business, and playing behind a guy like that, he’s a lot of fun,” France said. “The game just flows. Hopefully we can get some racing support tonight.” Ryan (5-3) made his first start since he was placed on the COVID-19 disabled list on May 25. He retired 11 of his first 12 batters before Julio Rodriguez doubled with one. out in the fourth, and Suarez followed with an impressive home run down the left field line. An inning later with Ryan working, France hit a broken ball hanging on the first pitch. Ryan allowed five hits and struck out three in 4 2/3 innings. Injured back that the team expected and would be imagining a bit to see if there is something else at stake. Polanco has sat out the last two games. Mariners: SS JP Crawford was ruled out about an hour before first pitch after experiencing flu-like symptoms, Servais said. Crawford was ready to bat in the leadoff spot. Dylan Moore replaced him at shortstop. Servais seemed pessimistic that Crawford would be able to play Wednesday. … Jesse Winker was given the night off. Servais had planned to give each of his outfielders a day off during this stay at home, but Winker has been a huge disappointment at the plate. He is batting just .208 and has six hits in his last 39 at-bats. ROSTER MOVEMENT To make room for Ryan, the Twins designated Elliot Soto for the INF assignment a day after he was drafted out of Triple-A St. Paul. Soto did not appear in his only game with the Twins. Baldelli was hopeful Soto would remain in the organization if he clears waivers.UP NEXTTwins: Right-hander Sonny Gray (3-1, 2.41 ERA) is expected to be reinstated from the 15-day disabled list after missing time for a strain in the right pectoral. Gray hasn’t started for the Twins since May 29 when he pitched six innings against Kansas City. Mariners: LHP Marco Gonzales (3-6, 3.63) is making his 13th start of the season. Gonzales lasted 4 1/3 innings in his last start against Boston, allowing two runs on two hits with a career-high six walks. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)

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Storm wins for fourth straight time to extend Lynx losing streak – WCCO

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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Breanna Stewart scored 29 points, including a go-ahead basket with 42.6 seconds left, and the Seattle Storm beat the Minnesota Lynx 81-79 on Tuesday night for their fourth straight victory. Stewart floated into the lane to break a 79-all tie. After Minnesota was left empty-handed at the other end on a lopsided layup attempt by Moriah Jefferson, Stewart dribbled the clock past it to Jewell Loyd, who missed a contested shot down the lane. But Stewart grabbed the offensive rebound and knocked him out to run out time. Epiphanny Prince made four 3-pointers in the first five minutes of the fourth quarter and finished with 15 points for Seattle (9-5). Loyd added 13 points, including a 3-point play for a 57-54 lead after Seattle started the third quarter on an 18-8 run. Sue Bird did not play due to illness other than COVID. Breanna Stewart (Credit: Steph Chambers/Getty Images) Stewart had 15 points in the first half, but Seattle still trailed 46-39. The Storm finished 12 of 27 from 3-point range. Kayla McBride scored 20 points for Minnesota (3-12), including a 3-pointer to tie it at 79-all with 52 seconds left. Jessica Shepard added 12 points, Nikolina Milic added 11 points and the Aerial Powers had 10 points and seven assists. Minnesota, which has lost four straight, outscored Seattle 51.5% to 38.4 but gave it up 15 times. (© Copyright 2022 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)

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‘We are only here to win’: Benilde-St. Margaret’s Boys Lacrosse team seeks fifth state championship – WCCO

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ST. LOUIS PARK, Minn. (WCCO) — They’re young, but they’re not insecure. “We are very confident. We know we are the best team in the state. It all comes down to whether we all play together,” said Benilde-St. Margaret’s senior spiker, Cam Gelling. READ MORE: ‘Take What’s Ours’: Championship Softball Turns Ruthless In FinalsThe Benilde-St. Margaret’s boys are back in the state, for the fifth year in a row, undefeated and in first place. “We know what to expect. We know the splendor around the state tournament,” said BSM Head Coach Rob Hunt. Margaret’s has been a sure success, winning the first state title in 2007 and last year. This week they go for title number five. (Credit: CBS) “I think it would just continue to cement our show as one of the best shows in Minnesota, if not the Midwest,” Hunt said. “We want to continue to help elevate the game not just locally, but for the entire state.” READ MORE: MSHSL passes name, image, and likeness policy for student athletes“It would mean a lot to us, especially going back,” Gelling said. The Red Knights have a reputation for winning every game. “I think you’re everyone’s target. Some people have said that. It really doesn’t affect us. We’re just here to win,” junior midfielder Brad Little said. Still, they try to reframe the narrative. “At one point this year, we positioned ourselves in our own locker room as if we were the chasers,” Hunt said. . “We were going to go out and hunt everyone down and let everyone know that we were still here. As the year progressed, it became clear that we were one of the best teams in the state. And we were going to get the best shot of all.” MORE NEWS: The Chanhassen HS lacrosse team is enjoying a dominant season despite few home game opportunities They are ready for whoever comes to take their place at the top.

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