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on June 03, 2014 10:25 AM

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Hannah Rogers threw a four-hitter to help Florida defeat Alabama 5-0 in Game 1 of the best-of-three national championship series.

Rogers had a perfect game through four innings and a one-hitter going into the bottom of the seventh in the matchup of Southeastern Conference rivals.

Florida (54-12) now is just one win from its first national title after runner-up finishes in 2009 and 2011. Game 2 will be played Tuesday night.

GOLF

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A Las Vegas gambler being investigated for possible insider trading involving golfer Phil Mickelson and investor Carl Icahn says it’s “preposterous to think” he would be involved in any such activity.

Billy Walters issued a statement Monday saying he has never made inside stock market trades.

“I am innocent of doing anything wrong. It’s that simple,” Walters said. “Those who know me best, know that it is preposterous to think that it would involve myself in inside trading.”

A federal official briefed on the investigation told The Associated Press the FBI and Securities and Exchange Commission are analyzing trades Mickelson and Walters made involving Clorox at the same time Icahn was attempting to take over the company. When Icahn’s intent became public, the stock price jumped.

FBI agents approached Mickelson after his opening round last week at the Memorial golf tournament as part of the investigation. Mickelson later said he had done “absolutely nothing wrong.”

SOCCER

NEW YORK (AP) — David Villa of Spain has signed a three-year contract with New York City FC, becoming the first player on the expansion Major League Soccer team that starts play next season at Yankee Stadium.

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