Griz softball team reaches Big Sky tourney title game

OGDEN, Utah — Sydney Stites' 10th-inning solo shot broke a stalemate with Weber State and lifted the Montana softball team to a 2-1 extra-inning win — and into the Big Sky Conference championship game — on Friday.

The Griz will hold the advantage in the title game, needing to win just one against the winner of Saturday's loser-out contest between Idaho State and hosting Weber. The championship is slated for 1:30 p.m. Saturday.

Freshman first-team All-Big Sky pitcher Michaela Hood completed all 10 innings, throwing 177 pitches to earn the win. The Wildcats put a runner on third base in the seventh, eighth and ninth innings, but each time Hood was able to escape the jam.

For Stites, the one-out homer was her first since March 31. The sophomore from Bozeman delivered on a 3-0 count and finished the game 2 for 5. Her RBI-single in the top of the first accounted for Montana's only other run.

Mets place closer Familia on DL after blood clot surgery

MILWAUKEE (AP) — The New York Mets have placed closer Jeurys Familia on the 10-day disabled list with a blood clot in his right arm and activated infielder Lucas Duda from the DL.

Familia's move was made retroactive to Thursday. He was diagnosed at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York and had been scheduled to see a doctor in St. Louis for more tests on Friday.

Familia is 1-1 with a 3.86 ERA and three saves this year.

The Mets opened a three-game series in Milwaukee against the Brewers on Friday, when Matt Harvey is scheduled to make his first start since a three-game suspension for skipping a game last weekend following a late night on the town.

Duda returns after being sidelined by a hyperextended left elbow.

NCAA wants men's hoops at halves, not quarters

The NCAA basketball rules committee will keep the men's game at two halves and not recommend that it be broken into four quarters. It is also encouraging conferences to experiment with widening the lane and moving back the 3-point line.

The proposals the committee did announce Friday included increasing the size of the coach's box from 28 to 38 feet, expanding the use of replay in the last two minutes to aid officials with some block-charge calls near the baskets, and tweaking how the shot clock is reset.

The committee also proposed making throw-in spots in the front court more consistent, a mandatory minimum of 0.3 seconds be taken off the clock when the ball is legally touched and redefining a legal screen.

The NCAA Playing Rules Oversight Panel will consider the proposals in June.

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