Columbia College advances to championship bracket

Sunday, March 6, 2005 | 12:00 a.m. CST; updated 8:33 a.m. CDT, Saturday, July 12, 2008

The Columbia College softball team rebounded from a pair of losses Friday in the Gulf Coast Invitational with a pair of victories Saturday in Orange Beach, Ala.

The No. 7 Cougars beat Belhaven University 10-1 in five innings in the first game of the day. Pitcher Monica Mueller earned the win, striking out seven and allowing two hits. Catcher Sarah Moreau went 2-2 with an RBI and a run scored.

The Cougars advanced to the gold championship bracket and defeated No. 17 Lee University 3-2. Mueller picked up her second win of the day to improve to 4-2. She did not allow a hit in three innings pitched.

The Cougars face defending NAIA national champion Thomas University today at 11 a.m.

PGA TOUR: Doral could not have asked for a better duel.

Phil Mickelson continued to bully the Blue Monster with a 6-under 66. Tiger Woods put on a dynamic charge Saturday in the Ford Championship, driving the green on the 347-yard 16th and making good on a birthday pledge to his father with a 9-under 63 that left him only two shots behind.

If a monstrous crowd didn’t get enough entertainment Saturday, it was left with the anticipation of golf’s two most popular players going head-to-head in their first Sunday showdown in two years.

Woods overwhelmed the back nine with his power, no shot more memorable than the 16th when he swung from the heels and wound up 45 feet away for a two-putt birdie. Mickelson was magical again with his wedge, hitting a variety of shots from thick grass that gave himself birdie chances.

Mickelson, seeking his third victory of the year, was at 20-under 196, the 10th consecutive round in stroke play he has been atop the leaderboard.

SOSA: Sammy Sosa, who hit his first homer with the Baltimore Orioles on Friday, did something even more memorable Saturday: He was ejected while playing the outfield during the second inning of the Orioles’ 9-6 loss to the Nationals at Fort Lauderdale, Fla. — the first time in 34 years that Baltimore and Washington met on a baseball diamond.

The sequence of events that led to Sosa’s ejection by second base umpire C.B. Bucknor began in the bottom of the first inning when he was called out by home plate umpire Joe West on a high third strike. Sosa briefly expressed his displeasure with the call before taking his place in right field.

After Baltimore starter Daniel Cabrera opened the second inning by going to a 2-0 count on leadoff hitter Brad Wilkerson, Sosa was ejected.

“I said, ‘That was a strike,”‘ Sosa said, “and then the second-base umpire was like, ‘Knock it off.’ I said something back to him, and that was everything. I was all the way in right field, but I guess he took it the wrong way and threw me out of the game.”

NFL: The Cleveland Browns didn’t wait long to find an experienced quarterback, acquiring Trent Dilfer from Seattle on Saturday for a fourth-round draft pick.

The Browns were left with two inexperienced quarterbacks after Kelly Holcomb signed a four-year deal with Buffalo on Friday. They released starter Jeff Garcia earlier this offseason.

Enter Dilfer, who became expendable in Seattle after starter Matt Hasselbeck signed a six-year, $49 million contract last month. Dilfer, who turns 33 on March 13, appeared in five games last season, leading the Seahawks to victories in his only two starts.

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