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HUMBER HAS SOLID START, ZITO HIT HARD IN 5-2 GIANTS LOSS: GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — With just over a week left in spring training, the Chicago White Sox have added another pitcher to their closer competition.

The newest candidate, left-hander Hector Santiago, threw a scoreless ninth inning and earned the save in a 5-2 victory over the San Francisco Giants on Sunday.

Giants starter Barry Zito gave up consecutive homers to A.J. Pierzynski and Alex Rios in the third inning and allowed five runs in 2 1-3 innings. White Sox starter Philip Humber gave up an unearned run and one hit in seven innings.

Two others competing for the closer job that became open when the White Sox traded Sergio Santos to Toronto also pitched. Matt Thornton allowed two hits and a run while getting the first out in the eighth. Addison Reed struck out one, allowed a hit and got the other two outs in the eighth.

Santiago, who throws a screwball, struck out one, walked one and threw a wild pitch.

In his final two starts of spring training, Zito will be working on keeping his pitches down. He gave up nine hits, struck out three and walked two in 2 1-3 innings.

Zito threw another 25 pitches in the bullpen after leaving the game, to bring his pitch total to about 85. His ERA is 6.61.


BROOKSIDE CHRISTIAN OF STOCKTON WINS: SACRAMENTO (AP) — Tiara Tucker had 28 points to lead Brookside Christian of Stockton past Mission Prep of San Luis Obispo, 70-64, to win the California girls' Division V championships Saturday.

Ra'yra Gabriel added 16 for Brookside Christian (30-4) and Rauline Martinez had 12.

Bri Harvey led Mission Prep (32-2) with 22 points and nine rebounds, and Jenna Dunbar added 17 points. Connor Storlie was also in double figures with 11.

Brookside starts one sophomore (Tucker) and three freshmen, so the Knights are poised to be a lower-division power for the next several years.

Mission Prep has made seven appearances in the state title game without a win, the most by any school without a title.

ALEMANY OF MISSION HILLS WINS BOYS' CHAMPIONSHIP: SACRAMENTO (AP) — Marqueze Coleman scored 27 points and grabbed nine rebounds as Alemany of Mission Hills overcame an eight-point second-half deficit to beat Sacred Heart Cathedral of San Francisco, 71-67, and win the California boys' Division III state championship Saturday.

MATER DEI OF SANTA ANA WINS BOYS' DIVISION 1 TITLE: SACRAMENTO (AP) — Katin Reinhardt scored 30 points with a record-setting six 3-pointers as Mater Dei of Santa Ana defeated Sheldon of Sacramento, 66-48, to win the California boys' Division I title on Saturday.

Stanley Johnson had a double-double with 21 points and 11 rebounds for Mater Dei (33-3), which won its ninth state title and is No. 6 in the nation.

VILLAGE CHRISTIAN OF SUN VALLEY CLINCHES TITLE: SACRAMENTO (AP) — Bryan Alberts had 17 points as Village Christian of Sun Valley defeated St. Joseph Notre Dame of Alameda, 62-51, in the California boys' Division V title game Saturday.

ARCHBISHOP MITTY OF SAN JOSE TAKES CHAMPIONSHIP: SACRAMENT (AP) — Aaron Gordon had 33 points and 20 rebounds as Archbishop Mitty of San Jose defeated Las Costa Canyon of Carlsbad, 78-57, to win the California boys' Division II championship Friday at Power Balance Pavilion.

Gordon, just a junior, threatened his own state championship record of 21 rebounds, set last year, but came out of the game with 1:14 left after Mitty (31-3) had put the game away. Gordon's challenge to the record came as part of the Monarchs'41-25 domination of the boards.

BISHOP O'DOWD OF OAKLAND BEATS LAGUNA HILLS: SACRAMENTO (AP) — K.C. Waters had a double-double with 14 points and 12 rebounds to lead Bishop O'Dowd of Oakland past Laguna Hills, 62-24, in the California girls' Division III title game Saturday.

Freshman Aisia Robertson scored 13 points for the Dragons (30-3), who dominated the game from the opening tip and played everyone on the roster for at least six minutes. Bishop O'Dowd should not drop off next year, either, as only one starter was a senior.


NEW OKLAHOMA LARGEMOUTH BASS RECORD: POTEAU, Okla. (AP) — A Poteau man is Oklahoma's new record holder for a largemouth bass.

Angler Benny Williams Jr. was on a camping trip Friday near Cedar Lake in southeast Oklahoma when he caught the fish, which weighed 14 pounds and 12.3 ounces, and was 26 inches long. The previous state record of 14 pounds and 11.52 ounces has been held since 1999.

Gene Gilliland of the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation told KJRH-TV that Cedar Lake has produced several fish that weigh in the double digits in the past five years.

Anglers who believe they may have hooked a record fish must weigh it on an Oklahoma State Department of Agriculture certified scale, and a Wildlife Department employee must verify the weight.


TOM BOONEN WINS GENT-WEVELGEM CLASSIC: WEVELGEM, Belgium (AP) — Tom Boonen won the Gent Wevelgem classic for the second year in a row, beating Peter Sagan and Matti Breschel in a mass sprint finish on Sunday.

At the end of the 146-mile race through the flat fields of northern Flanders, the Belgian bided his time before unleashing a powerful sprint that no one could match. Behind Sagan of Slovakia and Breschel of Denmark, Oscar Freire of Spain finished fourth.

It was the second classic in three days which Boonen won in a mass sprint, after having beaten Freire in the E3 Prize on Friday.

The wins set up Boonen as the favorite to win the Tour of Flanders, one of the biggest classics in the season, next Sunday.

CADEL EVANS WINS CRITERIUM INTERNATIONAL RACE: COL DE L'OSPEDALE, France (AP) — Tour de France champion Cadel Evans won the Criterium International after finishing Sunday's third and final stage in fourth place.

The 35-year-old Australian, who took the yellow jersey on Saturday after winning the time trial, held on comfortably in the day's final climb up to Col de l'Ospedale.


PALMER TAKEN TO HOSPITAL WITH HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE: ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Arnold Palmer is being hospitalized overnight after doctors noticed a rise in his blood pressure.

Palmer wasn't on the 18th green at Bay Hill on Sunday when Tiger Woods won the Arnold Palmer Invitational for the seventh time, ending a 30-month victory drought on the PGA Tour.

Alaistair Johnston, vice chairman of IMG and Palmer's longtime business manager, says the 82-year-old is on new medication and was checking his blood pressure throughout the final round. About 15 minutes before the tournament ended, doctors noticed enough of an increase to take him to the hospital for closer evaluation.

Johnston says Palmer was to be hospitalized overnight as a precaution. He says no one is overly concerned.