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OMAHA, Neb. Malik Hooker Jersey . -- Coastal Carolina coach Gary Gilmore often said he just wanted his team to reach the College World Series.Until this week, he never imagined the Chanticleers would do so much more: Theyre heading back to Conway, South Carolina, with the schools first national championship in any sport.The Chanticleers defeated Arizona 4-3 in the deciding Game 3 of the College World Series finals on Thursday, capitalizing on two errors on the same play to score four unearned runs in the sixth inning of a game delayed a day by bad weather.It was worth the wait.Whenever I die, Ill know this group of guys here, they willed themselves to be the national champion, Gilmore said. It was just meant to be, no doubt. If there is such a thing as a team of destiny, this group is it.Coastal Carolina (55-18) became the first team since Minnesota in 1956 to win the title in its first CWS appearance. Arizona (49-24) was trying for its second national title since 2012 but came up just short in a season in which it was picked to finish ninth in the Pac-12.Amazing season, and theyre a deserving champion, first-year coach Jay Johnson said of the Chanticleers. We played as good as we possibly could this year, and theyre the best team weve played, in my opinion.Andrew Beckwith (15-1), the national leader in wins, went 5 2/3 innings after pitching two complete games and picked up his third victory of the CWS. He was named the Most Outstanding Player.Hes been coaching for 21 years, and he deserves every bit of it, Beckwith said of Gilmore. We got him to Omaha and we got him a national championship. The senior class, the hard work in the fall, the dedication of the guys who dont play much. It doesnt go unnoticed. It was a full team effort the whole College World Series, and we got it done.Alex Cunningham earned his first save, striking out Ryan Haug with a full-count fastball to end the game after Arizona had pulled within one in the bottom of the ninth. When Haug swung and missed, Cunningham turned to his dugout, beat his chest with his fist three times and saluted before flipping his glove away to start the celebration.The running joke is that in high school I lost the state championship three times in a row. I was not going to lose this one, I promise you that, Cunningham said.The championship was the first in a team sport in the 33-year history of the Big South Conference. The Big South could savor the accomplishment for only about eight hours. The Chanticleers become members of the Sun Belt Conference on Friday.This program has been a lot better than people give it credit for, Gilmore said. They thought we played in a small conference and couldnt get this done. This bunch wanted to prove everybody wrong.Arizona, which came into the day with just two errors in seven CWS games, saw second baseman Cody Ramer commit two on the same play in the sixth inning. He couldnt get a handle on a grounder, allowing David Parrett to score from third. Then Ramer tried to get Michael Paez running from second to third, but he overthrew Kyle Lewis. That allowed Paez to come home. G.K. Young then launched a no-doubt homer into the seats above the right-field bullpen for a 4-0 lead.Its the best feeling of my life, Young said. Im trying not to cry right now. Just dreaming of that in my head since I was 10 years old, hitting a home run in the College World Series. I never would have thought it would come in the championship game.The Wildcats cut the lead in half with two unearned runs in the bottom half of the sixth against a tiring Beckwith. Arizonas Bobby Dalbec (11-6) worked 5 2/3 innings, striking out eight to increase his CWS total to 26 in 20 2/3 innings.Arizonas first two batters in the bottom of the ninth reached base against Cunningham, and Gibbons sacrifice fly made it a one-run game with two outs. Ryan Aguilar then doubled into the left-field corner, but Ramer was held at third because Anthony Marks was able to get the ball back to the infield so quickly.Thats the play of the season in college baseball, Johnson said. We play aggressively, but Cody would have been out by 100 feet -- and I know its only 90 feet. I cant believe the play that was made.ARIZONA CATCHER HURTArizona catcher Cesar Salazar left the game at the end of the seventh inning after getting hit on the top of his head by Paezs bat on a swing-and-miss strike three. Salazar briefly lay face down and was tended to by an athletic trainer. He walked off under his own power and was replaced by Haug.ALL-CWS TEAMParrett, Coastal Carolina, catcher; Aguilar, Arizona, first base; Ramer, Arizona, second base; Zach Remillard, Coastal Carolina, third base; Ryan Merrill, TCU, shortstop; Gibbons, Arizona, outfield; Marks, Coastal Carolina, outfield; Jared Oliva, Arizona, outfield; Luken Baker, TCU, designated hitter; JC Cloney, Arizona, pitcher; Beckwith, Coastal Carolina, pitcher and Most Outstanding Player.COME ONE, COME ALLBecause of the noon start on a weekday -- caused by the rain-and-lightning postponement Wednesday night -- people attending the U.S. Olympic swim trials across the street at CenturyLink Center were admitted for free to the outfield seats. The game drew 18,823, raising tournament attendance to 341,667, the third-highest all-time.UP NEXTThe celebration of Coastal Carolinas first national championship in any team sport gets underway in Conway. The Wildcats return to Tucson to regroup after a season of low expectations ended with them playing for the title. Malik Hooker Colts Jersey . The recently retired Stern was elected Friday to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame and will be enshrined with the class of 2014 on Aug. Quincy Wilson Womens Jersey . Nigeria beat surprise package Ethiopia 2-0 in the second leg of their playoff for a comfortable 4-1 aggregate victory. Victor Moses converted a 20th-minute penalty after an Ethiopian handball, and Victor Obinna made certain of Nigerias place in Brazil with his powerful free kick in the 82nd at UJ Esuene Stadium. http://www.nflcoltsgearsshop.com/Quincy-Wilson.html?cat=911 . Dusautoir, the former World Player of the Year, sustained a torn bicep playing for Toulouse in the Heineken Cup on Saturday. The flanker, who has played 65 times for France, is expected to be out for up to four months. This is an online exclusive story from ESPN The Magazines Body Issue 2016. Subscribe today!?And for more from the 2016 Body Issue, check out espn.com/bodyissue,?and pick up a copy on newsstands starting July 8.Four-time U.S. national steeplechase champion Emma Coburn knows a thing or two about making big leaps, so perhaps its no surprise that she jumped at the chance to be in the 2016 Body Issue. During a short break in her Olympic training, Coburn spoke with ESPNs Morty Ain about climbing mountains, her Game of Thrones obsession and why you dont call them hurdles.So often we are celebrating statistics and medals and championships, but its the blood, sweat and tears that go into making those performances happen within these bodies.There was a physical and emotional benefit to growing up in a mountain town. Physically, growing up at 9,000 feet in Crested Butte, Colorado ... at a young age I had such a diverse set of sports that I was doing. When youre a kid, its not even considered sports -- our hobbies in the summer as a family were rafting and mountain biking and climbing. I grew up snowboarding and skiing. Physically, having a diverse athletic background has helped me become a stronger runner in terms of muscular development and coordination.Emotionally, growing up there was just about having fun. People write all the time about the benefits of not specializing in a sport too young so you dont burn out. I was happy to not really take running too seriously as my No. 1 sport until my junior year of high school.I climbed my first fourteener when I was 7 years old. A 14,000-foot mountain is called a fourteener in Colorado. There are 60ish fourteeners, and my dad has climbed them all twice, my mom has climbed them all once and my sister and her husband are trying to make their way through them as well. I only have climbed probably three of them; I retired from that sport probably when I was 12.We dont call them hurdles, we call them barriers, because they are 4-by-4 blocks of wood. Its not like a 100-meter hurdle where if you hit it, the hurdle falls. If you hit the barrier, you go down. It will leave you pretty scarred, so its a bit intimidating.Steeplechase is 3,000 meters of hurdling on a track. Its four barriers per lap that are 30 inches high for women, and then theres a water jump every lap. Its a 7.5-lap race, so you have seven water jumps. Its a 10-foot water pit and you jump up onto a 30-inch barrier and then step on the barrier and propel yourself over the 10-foot water pit. Its a fun event. Ive always loved it just because its a little bit more exciting than just the monotony of running around a track over and over and over again.Ive never had a big wipeout face-plant. Im 5-8 and the barriers are 30 inches high, which is about the height of my hip, so being a little bit taller makes clearing the barriers easier.How I ended up doing steeplechase was a happy accident. I was competing in a track meet out of state in Albuquerque, and I was signed up to run the 800 meters. To get to Albuquerque was about a seven- or eight-hour drive. My dad thought that was a very long way to drive to just watch two laps of running, so he looked at the schedule, and the only event that was on a different day that worked with our schedule was the steeplechase. I didnt really know anything about it, but I thought that it could be fun -- why not try it? I ended up winning my race and qualifying for the high school nationals meet. If that meet in Albuquerque had written a different schedule, I probably would have never been recruited to run in college.I think sometimes people lack some of the coordination needed for the blind hurdling required for the steeplechase. Often in a race, there are so many people around you that you dont even have eyes on the barrier, you have eyes on the people in front of you, and then you see their heads bump up: OK, its my time to go. Tarell Basham Youth Jersey. I run 80 miles a week. It is intense, but Im not unique or special; I would say most female middle- to long-distance runners run 70 to 100 miles a week. Its just that the sport demands a pretty intense training load. We run seven days a week and sometimes two runs in a day, and the weight room, and 15-mile-long runs. But I have so many people around me who are doing it, it doesnt feel as taxing as it might seem.I dont take a day off; I probably run nine times a week. I find that the best way to connect with people is to run with them. I have someone that Im running with at least eight of those nine runs a week, if not nine of nine, so its a great time to catch up with friends. My training partners are my friends.Ive never been self-conscious about my body. I never really thought much about it. Its just kind of the vessel that lets me do the things I like to do. It never dawned on me to think about it beyond that.I grew up as the runt of our familys litter. I have an older brother and older sister, and I just wanted to tag along with them and kind of do everything that they were doing. My parents would bring me on these adventures just because my siblings were capable enough and old enough to do it, so my parents just said, All right, youre coming with. For the first 10 years of my life, I was just the little kid trying to keep up.I was kind of an ugly baby. I was sick-skinny and I had straight hair -- I was just not a cute, cuddly, chunky baby. It turned out OK, but I was definitely kind of gangly. Both my brother and sister had beautiful, blond, ringlet hair and were gorgeous little babies, and then I was kind of the ... less cute one.Im not naturally the most confident athlete. But if my coaches tell me that I can run a certain time, I believe it with no question. Then thats it, thats decided, thats what Im going to run. Any edge I have is because of the people around me.The steeplechase is a pretty taxing event. Watch a slo-mo water-jump video and youll see their ankles and lower legs compressing. Youll see how jarring it is on everyones body who lands. Its so much more than anything else in any distance event.In 2013, I had a sacral stress fracture. I was at the NCAA championships -- my last collegiate race ever. I chose to race the final anyway just because it was so important to me, and it broke during the race. So I ran the steeplechase in 2013 with a broken sacrum [lower back] which was really uncomfortable. I was on the verge of signing a contract with New Balance and trying to qualify for the world championship team two weeks later. So I had to just call New Balance and say, Im sorry, but Im too hurt to compete for the U.S. title. The timing was pretty tough.My feet are pretty gross. I have bone spurs on my heels, and bunions. Luckily, I never lose toenails, which is great. They are just not my best feature.The nice part about being a professional athlete is so much of my job is resting and recovery in between sessions. As part of my job, I have to sit on a couch and either nap or relax. Last April or May, I binge-watched the first five seasons of Game of Thrones in two weeks.Maybe Im too into Game of Thrones now because they are invading my dreams. Recently in one I was climbing Mount Everest with Brienne of Tarth, except Mount Everest was actually Mount Crested Butte. Brienne of Tarth was helping me and she was in her full set of armor, and then Jaime Lannister rode in on a horse when we were near the summit and tried to kill us. It was a cliffhanger, so I dont know yet if we made it off the mountain alive or not [laughs]. 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