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USC to offer four-year scholarships

Vanderbilt takes opener of CWS

OMAHA, Neb. – Vanderbilt capitalized on Virginia starter Nathan Kirby’s sudden loss of control to score nine runs in the third inning, then held off the Cavaliers to win 9-8 in Game 1 of the College World Series finals Monday night.

The Commodores (50-20) can win their first national championship in a men’s sport with a win tonight.

Tyler Campbell continued his improbable breakout for the Commodores, doubling twice in the third inning. His second double came off reliever Whit Mayberry with the bases loaded to put Vanderbilt up 9-2.

– Associated Press

USC to offer 4-year scholarships

LOS ANGELES – Southern California athletic director Pat Haden announced Monday that the school will now offer four-year scholarships to scholarship players on the football team and in the men’s and women’s basketball programs.

The policy, which becomes effective July 1, represents a change from USC’s current practice of offering players in those sports one-year renewable scholarships.

Haden said USC is taking the action in the hopes of helping to lead the effort “to refocus on student-athlete welfare on and off the field.”

– Associated Press

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