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Palm Beach Gardens Poised to win Cal Ripken State Title

By John Evenson

The Palm Beach Gardens eight and under All-Stars are poised to win another State Championship as they host the Cal Ripken Baseball Tournament this weekend.

A win in tomorrow's semifinal would also earn them a trip to Alabama to take part in the Southeast Regional Championships.

Click on the video tab to hear from the players about their team packed with All-Stars.

Palm Beach Gardens Poised to win Cal Ripken State Title

Tuesday, July 8 2014, 11:35 PM EDT

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First up, Louisville and Michigan State will decide which team represents the East Regional in the national semifinals.

The Spartans have recovered from a mid-season swoon to win 11 of their last 14 for coach Tom Izzo. Senior guard Travis Trice has sparked that run, averaging 18.2 points in those 14 games for 26-11 Michigan State.

The 27-8 Cardinals are looking for their third Final Four berth in four years under coach Rick Pitino. Junior forward Montrezl (mahn-TREHZ') Harrell is averaging 15.7 points and 9.2 rebounds as he prepares to enter the NBA draft.

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AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- Texas confirms that basketball coach Rick Barnes is out after 17 seasons. The university says in a statement that Barnes and the school "mutually agreed" he would not return despite leading Texas to 16 NCAA Tournament appearances and three Big 12 titles.

Barnes was the longest-tenured coach in the Big 12. His 402 wins at Texas rank first in school history. He had only one losing season.

But recent postseason struggles had fans complaining the program had grown stagnant. Texas hasn't advanced past the first weekend of the NCAA Tournament since 2008.


TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) -- Alabama coach Nick Saban has dismissed Jonathan Taylor from the team following the second domestic violence arrest of the defensive lineman's college career.

Saban announced the decision a day after Taylor was arrested when a woman reported she was assaulted by her boyfriend. Taylor signed with the Crimson Tide about six months after his dismissal from Georgia following his arrest in a girlfriend's assault.


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Memphis is already in but is still in a battle for the Southwest Division title heading into its road game against San Antonio tonight. The Grizzlies are coming off consecutive one-sided losses to Cleveland and Golden State that have seen their division lead shrink to a half-game over Houston. The Rockets have also clinched a playoff spot in the Western Conference heading into their afternoon game at Washington.

Cleveland tries to continue to close in on the Central Division title when they host the 76ers today. Cleveland has won eight of its last ten and holds a two game lead over Chicago for the division lead. Both the Cavs and Bulls have clinched playoff spots.

Boston is holding a half-game lead over Brooklyn for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference, with the Clippers coming to town. Playoff-bound Los Angeles has won six straight.

There are nine games on the schedule today and tonight.


UNDATED (AP) -- Zach McAllister and T.J. House have won the two open jobs in the Cleveland Indians' starting rotation.

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UNDATED (AP) -- Conference leads are up for grabs in the eight-game NHL schedule today and tonight.

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Anaheim in a point up on Nashville for the top spot in the Western Conference. The Ducks play at New Jersey a day after wrapping up a playoff spot with a win against the Islanders.

The Predators skate into Calgary a day after beating Washington to secure a post-season berth.

The Islanders will looks to break out of their late season funk when they host Detroit. New York is winless in its last seven home games and is 2-6-2 overall.


SAN ANTONIO (AP) -- A Texas showdown is on tap at the Texas Open today. State native Jimmy Walker holds a three-shot lead in the final round over fellow Texan Jordan Spieth (speeth). Walker lives just 35-minutes away from the TPC San Antonio, and will be trying to add the title in the tournament to his win at the Sony Open earlier this year. Dallas-native Spieth scored a playoff win two weeks ago at Innisbrook.

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