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Sports digest: Top two seeds advance to FCS title game

Sports digest: Top two seeds advance to FCS title game

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Top two seeds advance to FCS title game

Mark Gronowski passed for two touchdowns and caught a 24-yard TD pass from Pierre Strong Jr. to help top-seeded South Dakota State beat visiting Delaware 33-3 in the semifinals of the FCS playoffs. The Jackrabbits (8-1) will face second-seeded Sam Houston State in the championship game on May 16 in Frisco, Texas. Sam Houston beat visiting James Madison 38-35. Jequez Ezzard’s catch-and-run for a touchdown and punt return for a score were keys for the Bearkats, who are 9-0. (AP)

Sabalenka wins tennis title: Aryna Sabalenka defeated top-ranked Ash Barty 6-0, 3-6, 6-4 in the women’s title match of the Madrid Open, winning her 10th WTA title. In the men’s final, on Sunday, Alexander Zverev will face Matteo Berrettini. In the semifinals, Zverev stopped Dominic Thiem 6-3, 6-4 and Berrettini beat Casper Ruud 6-4, 6-4. (AP)

Tennessee standout heads to ’Bama: Tennessee’s leading tackler, Henry To’o To’o, is transferring to rival Alabama. A new NCAA policy allows players to transfer once and be eligible to play immediately. However, the Southeastern Conference currently requires intraconference transfers to sit out a season. To’o To’o had 148 tackles over his first two seasons with the Volunteers, leading the team with 76 tackles and 10 stops for a loss as a sophomore. (AP)

Allgaier drives to victory: Justin Allgaier held off teammate Josh Berry in overtime to win the Xfinity series race in Darlington, S.C. Allgaier didn’t move in front until the final 10 laps, when he passed Berry for the lead. Then the race’s eighth and final caution came five laps later and set up the two-lap overtime shootout. Brandon Jones finished third. (AP)

Mizzou, wins in softball, falls in baseball: The No. 15 Missouri softball team never trailed in a 7-4 victory at No. 17 Tennessee to even the three-game series. The Tigers (36-14, 14-9 Southeastern Conference) smashed three home runs, including a three-run shot by Hatti Moore. Tennessee (39-11, 12-10) rallied with two runs in the seventh, but Emma Nichols ended the threat with a strikeout.

• The No. 5 Tennessee baseball team clobbered Missouri 11-4 at Taylor Stadium, swatting five doubles and a home run to clinch the three-game series. The Volunteers (36-11, 16-7 Southeastern Conference) sent Mizzou (12-31, 5-18) to its eighth straight loss. (Dave Matter)

SLU loses baseball doubleheader: Visiting Virginia Commonwealth scored a run in the 10th to win 9-8 and then beat St. Louis University 16-5 in the nightcap. The Atlantic 10 Conference-leading Rams (32-14, 13-3) have won 16 consecutive games. SLU fell to 15-28 and 5-7.

The Billikens rallied late to force extra innings in the first game, scoring three runs in the eighth and another in the ninth. Colten Schild went four for five and drove in two for lead SLU. In the nightcap, VCU broke things open with an eight-run fifth inning. SLU's Tyler Fogarty had three hits, including a homer, and drove in two. (Joe Lyons)

McKendree advances in GLVC softball: Second-seeded McKendree broke open a scoreless game with a five-run fifth inning and went on to a 5-1 victory over No. 5 Rockhurst in winners’ bracket play of the Great Lakes Valley Conference softball tournament, in East Peoria, Ill. The Bearcats (26-11) face top-seeded Indianapolis (41-6) for the title at noon Sunday. Indy must win twice to claim the championship, McKendree needs just one victory.

In Saturday’s game, McKendree got a two-run homer from Jenny Homann (Freeburg), a run-scoring hit from Bailey Merritt and a two-run hit from Caitlyn Lowry (Notre Dame) in the fifth. Miranda Gajewski (12-4) was McKendree’s winning pitcher. (Joe Lyons)

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