Sports shorts: Pima wins opener at softball nationals

2013-05-16T00:00:00Z Sports shorts: Pima wins opener at softball nationalsStaff And Wire Reports Staff And Wire Reports Arizona Daily Star

The Pima College softball team opened the NJCAA Division I national tournament with a 6-4 win over Paris (Texas) Junior College in St. George, Utah, on Wednesday.

Down 3-1 in the third inning, the Aztecs answered with four runs. Yvette Alvarez hit a two-run home run to tie the game before Shawna Comeaux and Aubre Carpenter had RBI singles to make it 5-3.

The Aztecs play Northeastern Oklahoma A&M today at 5 p.m.

• The Pima women's golf team was in 12th place after Wednesday's third round of the national tournament in Mesa. The Aztecs shot 9-over 387 for the day after rounds of 378 on the first two days. The event will wrap up today.

• The Aztecs improved by five strokes in the second round Wednesday of the men's golf national tournament in Lubbock, Texas. Pima, which had a 16-over 304 after firing a 309 on Tuesday, was 23rd. The tournament continues today.

Horse Racing

Even-money Orb draws rail for Preakness

BALTIMORE - Kentucky Derby winner Orb drew the rail in Saturday's Preakness and was installed an overwhelming even-money favorite in the nine-horse race.

Orb will seek to keep alive his bid to become horse racing's first Triple Crown winner since Affirmed in 1978. Orb won the Derby by 2 5/8 lengths as the betting favorite.

The brown colt is looking for his sixth straight victory as part of the smallest Preakness field since 2007. Govenor Charlie, trained by Nogales native Bob Baffert, added his name to the list Wednesday for the 1 3/16th-mile race.

UA sports

Pickens wins 1-meter at diving trials

Arizona senior Samantha Pickens finished first in the 1-meter springboard at the USA Diving World Championship trials in Tallahassee, Fla., on Tuesday. The win qualified her for the FINA World Championships.

• Arizona women's tennis junior Lacey Smyth earned All-Pac-12 honorable-mention honors for the second consecutive year, the conference announced Wednesday.

• UA junior Akilah James was awarded the Cissie Leary Award for Sportsmanship, the Intercollegiate Tennis Association announced this week.


Ex-NBA All-Star accused of squatting

PHOENIX - A trial date has been set for a former NBA All-Star accused of squatting in a Paradise Valley home and then trying to list the place for rent on Craigslist.

The Maricopa County Attorney's Office said Wednesday that Chris Gatling pleaded not guilty to two counts of theft and forgery, one count of taking the identity of another and one count of fraud. Gatling was accused of breaking into a key box and living in the home for nearly a year. A police report says the homeowners lived in California but had left the power on.

• Former Arizona State guard Evan Gordon announced Wednesday that he'll play next season at Indiana, the Arizona Republic reported.

• Colorado quarterback Jordan Webb and former Buffaloes offensive lineman Alexander Lewis were both charged with second-degree assault on Wednesday after prosecutors alleged they knocked a man unconscious in a weekend brawl. Lewis, who announced Friday that he plans to transfer to Nebraska, also was charged with two counts of misdemeanor harassment.

• Andrew Wiggins, the nation's top basketball recruit, announced Tuesday that he's going to Kansas.

• Iran defeated the United States 6-1 in a wrestling exhibition at Grand Central Terminal in New York on Wednesday.

Includes material from news releases

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