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Posted: Tuesday, June 10, 2003

Phillies shut out Angels

ANAHEIM, Calif. Jimmy Rollins and Jim Thome both hit solo home runs in the seventh, and Vicente Padilla threw seven solid innings as the Philadelphia Phillies beat the Anaheim Angels 3-0 Monday night in the first-ever meeting between the teams.

Padilla (5-7) allowed five hits, struck out two and walked none. The right-hander, who joined the Phillies in July 2000 as part of the five-player deal that sent Curt Schilling to Arizona, had dropped six of his previous seven decisions after shutting out Atlanta on April 19.

Rheal Cormier pitched a scoreless eighth and Jose Mesa pitched a perfect ninth for his 16th save in 19 chances. It was his 103rd save with the Phillies, tying Steve Bedrosian's club record.

Jarrod Washburn (6-6) pitched 7 2-3 innings and allowed three runs on eight hits, including an RBI single in the sixth by Thome. The Angels left-hander is 7-0 in 15 regular-season interleague starts although he was 0-2 against San Francisco in the World Series.

Rice advances to College World Series

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. Augie Garrido became the winningest baseball coach in Division I history, and defending national champion Texas advanced to the College World Series with a 6-5 victory over top-seeded Florida State on Monday night.

Garrido, who has coached four national championship teams including three at Cal State-Fullerton and one at Texas passed former Longhorns coach Cliff Gustafson with his 1,428th victory.

''It's about a number and a moment in time,'' said Garrido, who downplayed his achievement. ''When you dig into it, it's about relationships.''

Taylor Teagarden and Curtis Thigpen homered on consecutive pitches in the third inning as the Longhorns (48-18) grabbed a 5-2 lead. Huston Street, last year's CWS Most Outstanding Player, struck out three of the first five hitters he faced and got Tony Richie to ground back to the mound with two runners on for his 12th postseason save.

USSF to propose World Cup final in Carson

NEW YORK A new stadium in suburban Los Angeles would host the final of this year's Women's World Cup under the U.S. Soccer Federation's proposal to the sport's governing body.

The semifinals of the tournament would be played in Portland, Ore., under the plan the USSF intends to announce this week, a high-ranking U.S. soccer official said Monday on the condition of anonymity.

Washington's RFK Stadium would host games on the first day of the tournament, Sept. 20 or Sept. 21, according to a person familiar with Washington's plan who spoke on the condition of anonymity.

Columbus, Ohio; East Rutherford, N.J.; and Foxboro, Mass., would be the other sites used for the 16-nation, three-week championship, the official said.

The final would be Oct. 11 or Oct. 12 at the Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif., a television official said, also on condition of anonymity. The site was chosen over the Rose Bowl in Pasadena and other venues.

The New York Giants have objected to the use of Giants Stadium, where the USSF hopes to have the defending champion Americans play their opener.

Giants executive vice president John Mara met Monday with the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority, which operates the stadium, but nothing was resolved, Giants spokesman Pat Hanlon said. George Zoffinger, chief executive of the sports authority, did not return a telephone call seeking comment.

FIFA, soccer's world governing body, decided May 3 to move the tournament from China because of the SARS virus, and announced May 26 it will be held in the United States, site of the hugely successful 1999 Women's World Cup.

Venues and the schedule must be approved by FIFA, which is sending a delegation from Switzerland to the United States late this week to inspect stadiums.

The USSF planned a Wednesday news conference in New York to announce the venues and possibly the schedule, which is still being discussed with executives at ABC and ESPN.

USSF president Bob Contiguglia declined comment.

Last month, the USSF's initial proposal to FIFA also included San Jose, Calif., as a venue. That plan left open the possibility of playing the final at the Rose Bowl, where the 1999 final drew 90,125. The Rose Bowl also was host of the 1994 men's World Cup final and the 1984 Olympic soccer final.

Instead, the USSF decided on the Home Depot Center, which opened Saturday with an MLS game between the Los Angeles Galaxy and Colorado Rapids.

''We've had some conversations with U.S. Soccer, but nothing recently,'' Rose Bowl general manager Darryl Dunn said Monday. ''Based on the fact that we hear they're going to be making an announcement in the next few days, our sense is that the Rose Bowl is not in U.S. Soccer's plans.

''This would be the first time we've had a soccer event of this magnitude in the U.S. with the Rose Bowl not being a part of it. If that's the case, we would be very disappointed.''

In 1999, eight stadiums were used, all with large capacities. The sites in this year's plan range from Giants Stadium (77,000), Gillette Stadium (68,000) and RFK Stadium (56,500) to PGE Park (about 30,000), the Home Depot Center (27,000) and Crew Stadium (22,555).

ESPN will be the prime broadcaster of the tournament. ABC, which like the cable network is owned by The Walt Disney Co., intends to televise the final and may broadcast other games involving the U.S. team.

ESPN has been trying to clear time for an opening game or games on Sept. 20, but it has little flexibility because of a heavy schedule of college football on Saturdays. On the corresponding Saturday of 2002, five football games were carried on ESPN or ESPN2. The network has commitments with several conferences, including the Big Ten for noon EDT slots on both ESPN and ESPN2.

While both ESPN and ABC have more flexibility on Sundays, that would mean going against the NFL.

AP Sports Writers Greg Beacham, Dave Goldberg, Rusty Miller and John Nadel contributed to this story

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