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East Valley briefs - Sting head into NLL playoffs on a high note after road victory over Stealth

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Posted: Sunday, April 16, 2006 7:05 am | Updated: 3:02 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

The Arizona Sting (8-8) closed out the 2006 National Lacrosse League regular season in style Saturday night, defeating the San Jose Stealth 12-7 at San Jose, Calif.

The win gives Arizona a chance to host the Champion’s Cup Final in May.

Earlier in the evening, the Toronto Rock fell to the Rochester Knighthawks by a score of 10-7 to end the season at 8-8 as well. By virtue of the Sting’s Jan. 7 win over Toronto, if both teams win their respective divisions and face off in a rematch of last year’s title game, the contest will be held at Glendale Arena.

Saturday’s win also gave the Sting a second consecutive season with a record of .500 or better.

GOLF

• Philip Francis and Esther Choe, both of Scottsdale, maintained their leads Saturday after the second round of the Heather Farr Classic at Longbow Golf Club in Mesa.

Francis retained his commanding four-shot lead, recording a 1-underpar 70 for a total of 7-under-par 135, while Choe carded an even-par 71 to retain a one-shot lead in the girls division with a two-round total of 4-under-par 138.

Final-round tee times begin at 7 a.m. today off the first and 10th tees. A second wave of tee times will begin at 11:15 a.m.

TENNIS

• No. 1 Stanford (22-0, 7-0 Pac-10) beat No. 18 Arizona State (12-8, 3-5) 6-1 in a dual women’s tennis match in Tempe.

The Sun Devils’ No. 1 doubles team of Kady Pooler and Roxanne Clarke upset the nation’s top-ranked doubles team of Alice Barnes and Anne Yelsey.

Junior Rebecca Rankin also earned an upset on the singles court, providing ASU with its lone point in the match.

• Stanford’s men’s team (14-3, 4-1) rebounded from an earlier loss this season to the Sun Devils (8-13, 2-4 Pac-10) with a 6-0 decision at the Taube Tennis Center in Palo Alto, Calif.

BASEBALL

• UCLA scored seven runs on six hits in the first two innings and held off a late Arizona rally in a seriesclinching 8-5 win at Tucson.

Arizona left-hander David Coulon (1-3) was charged with the loss after giving up six earned runs on six hits in only two innings for the Wildcats (15-18, 3-6 Pac-10).

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