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UNDATED (AP) — It's been a dominant season for pitching in the Southeastern Conference thanks to a group of starters who have turned talent into results after a year or two in the league. The 14-team league has a combined 3.29 ERA, which is down from 3.54 a year ago. Five of the NCAA's top 15 teams in ERA reside in the SEC. Mississippi's Bobby Wahl is among the league's best, with a 9-0 record and 1.21 ERA.

RUSTON, La. (AP) — Louisiana Tech's softball team is happy to have a newly renovated stadium after spending a season heavy on road games. The like-new Lady Techster Softball Complex is getting broken in this week with the Western Athletic Conference softball tournament.

HOUSTON (AP) — Bud Norris pitched into the ninth inning and Chris Carter homered for the second straight game to help the Houston Astros to a 3-1 win over the Los Angeles Angels on Wednesday night. The victory gives Houston its third series win of the season.

CONCORD, N.C. (AP) — A three-member NASCAR appeals panel has dramatically reduced most of the penalties levied against Joe Gibbs Racing for an illegal part found in Matt Kenseth's race-winning engine at Kansas. The panel reduced the points deducted from Kenseth from 50 to 12, and reinstated his bonus points earned for the April 21 victory.

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