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Digest: St. Louisan Miller is second in NCAA men’s 800 meters

Digest: St. Louisan Miller is second in NCAA men’s 800 meters

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Brandon Miller (John Burroughs) finished second in the country in the final of the men’s 800 meters at the NCAA Championships on Friday in Eugene, Ore., with a time of 1 minute, 44.97 seconds, his personal record. 

Miller, who runs for Texas A&M, won the SEC championship in the 800 both indoors and outdoors as a freshman.

Miller’s next endeavor will be participating in the Olympic trials in Eugene, with the first heat on June 18. (Stu Durando)

Olympics still undecided about attendees: The question of allowing any fans into Tokyo Olympic venues still is being debated with a decision unlikely to be announced before the end of the month. This would be just a few weeks before the Olympics are to open, on July 23. Fans from abroad already have been banned in what is shaping up as a largely made-for-television Olympics.

Tokyo and several districts are under a state of emergency until June 20 because of the coronavirus pandemic. Infections have slowed recently, but the spread of variants is a concern.

Dr. Nobuhiko Okabe, director general of the Kawasaki City Institute for Public Health, said it was not just a matter of fans in the venues, but what they do after leaving — heading to bars or restaurants. (AP)

Mizzou lands former Tulsa cornerback: After some offseason attrition in the secondary, Mizzou has added an experienced potential starter at cornerback for the upcoming season, landing a commitment from Tulsa transfer Akayleb Evans, who announced his decision on social media.

A multiyear starter at Tulsa, Evans (6-foot-2, 188 pounds) visited Mizzou last weekend, and chose the Tigers over Georgia, Notre Dame, Texas, Texas Tech and Jackson State. In four seasons at Tulsa, Evans broke up 11 passes and allowed jut three touchdowns on 76 targets in 30 games, per ProFootballFocus. (Dave Matter)

Jimenez, Kang lead in golf events: Miguel Angel Jimenez had two eagles in a 7-under 65 in hot and humid conditions in Madison, Wisc., to take the first-round lead in the PGA Tour Champions' American Insurance Championship. He eagled two holes and had four birdies and a bogey. The 57-year-old Spaniard has 10 victories on the 50-and-over tour after winning 21 times on the European Tour.

Defending champion Jerry Kelly was second after a 67. Major champions Fred Couples, Jim Furyk and Retief Goosen were at 68 with Colin Montgomerie, Ken Tanigawa and Wes Short Jr. (AP)

• Danielle Kang birdied the par-5 18th hole for a 6-under 66 and a one-stroke lead in the LPGA MEDIHEAL Championship, in Daly City, Calif. Kang had a 7-under 137 total for a one-stroke lead over first-round leader Leona Maguire and former Stanford player Lauren Kim. (AP)

Hagan leads in NHRA Funny Car: Matt Hagan led Funny Car qualifying  in the NHRA New England Nationals, in Pping, N.H.,  with a 3.891-second pass at 331.53 mph in a Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Redeye. Hagan has won the past three events at the track. Billy Torrence led in Top Fuel and Mason McGaha in Pro Stock. Torrence had a 3.744 at 324.98, and McGaha ran a 6.538 at 210.28 in a Chevrolet Camaro. (AP)

Rain suspends Central Missouri game: Friday night’s NCAA Division II World Series game between Central Missouri and Tampa was suspended because of rainy weather in Cary, N.C., with the Mules up 2-1 in the top of the third inning. Suspended play is to resume at 10 a.m. Saturday (St. Louis time). The winner will advance to play sixth-seeded Wingate (38-13) of North Carolina for the championship at 1 p.m.

Wingate eliminated Angelo State 8-7 in 11 innings Friday to earn its title spot. In Friday’s opening game, Tampa (23-5) pulled away late in an 8-1 rout of Central Missouri (45-7), which scored on a wild pitch in the top of the first and carried that 1-0 lead into the bottom of the sixth. But Tampa tied it in the sixth, scored two in the seventh and added five in the eighth for the win. The loss snapped a 15-game win streak for Central Missouri. (Joe Lyons)

Oregon State adds QB: Former Colorado quarterback Sam Noyer will use his final year of eligibility at Oregon State, he announced. Noyer threw for 1,101 yards and six touchdowns in six starts last year for Colorado. He also rushed for 208 yards and five TDs. With the Beavers, Noyer is expected to compete with redshirt junior Tristan Gebbia and sophomore Chance Nolan. (AP)

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