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Eugene team reaches national semifinals

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. - The Willamette Valley 10-year-old all-star Babe Ruth baseball team reached the semifinals of the Cal Ripken World Series on Wednesday with a 5-3, eight-inning win over Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.

Willamette Valley went 2-2 in pool play, finished in a three-way tie for first in its pool and was the No. 3 seed out of its pool into the championship round.

On Wednesday, Eli Crist's two-run double in the top of the eighth inning gave Willamette Valley the win. Up next is Glen Allen, Va., at 2:30 p.m. Thursday in the semifinals.

If Willamette Valley wins in the semifinals, it would play in the championship game at 4:30 p.m. on Friday.

Conder ties for fourth in stroke play

GEARHART - University of Oregon golfer Megan Conder tied for fourth place Wednesday at the 26th Oregon Women's Stroke Play Championship at Gearhart Golf Links.

Conder shot a 6-over 78 Wednesday and finished the two-day event at 7-over 151.

Eugene's Brie Stone tied for sixth at 152.

The winner was Forest Grove's Hannah Swanson at 144.

In the Senior Women's Stroke Play event, Eugene's Leilani Norman topped six other golfers to win at 8-over 152, winning by eight strokes.

Eugene's Cindy Anderson was third in the Super Senior Women's division with a 171, five shots behind Oak Grove's Rusty Beckel.

In the men's Super Senior championship, Eugene's Paul Frantz was 11th at 156. Alan Richardson of Bakersfield, Calif., won with a 148.

The Wire

ESPN'S Saunders dies at age 61

NEW YORK - John Saunders, the versatile sportscaster who has hosted ESPN's "The Sports Reporters" for the last 15 years, has died, the network announced Wednesday. He was 61.

Saunders joined ESPN in 1986. He did play-by-play on various sports, led NHL Stanley Cup Final and World Series coverage on ESPN and ABC, and hosted studio shows for baseball, college football and college basketball.

A cause of death was not announced.

Saunders took over as host of "The Sports Reporters," a Sunday morning staple of ESPN programming, after Dick Schaap died in 2001. Saunders played the role of calm traffic cop on the panel show that features three sports journalists volleying opinions on the top sports news of the day.

"John was an extraordinary talent and his friendly, informative style has been a warm welcome to sports fans for decades. His wide range of accomplishments across numerous sports and championship events is among the most impressive this industry has ever seen," ESPN President John Skipper said in a statement.

Saunders was also a founding member of the board of directors for The V Foundation for Cancer Research, a charity started by the network after former college basketball coach and ESPN announcer Jim Valvano died of cancer in 1993.

- News service reports

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