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Situations stressed at Gator workout

By Times wires and staff reports
© St. Petersburg Times
published March 17, 2002

The Florida football team had its first scrimmage of the spring at Florida Field on Saturday.

Coach Ron Zook called the practice a "situational scrimmage" because it consisted of mostly third-down drills and work on the two-minute offense.

Although he got less work than his two backup quarterbacks, junior Rex Grossman went 6-for-8 for 77 yards with one interception. The offense did not score during the drills.

Taylor Jacobs caught two passes for 25 yards and O.J. Small caught two for 34 yards.

MORE COLLEGE FOOTBALL: Georgia redshirt freshman Odell Thurman was kicked off the team for violating unspecified team rules, coach Mark Richt said. He was expected to compete for time as a backup linebacker this fall.

COLLEGE BASEBALL: Aaron Sobieraj had a three-run triple in the third as host Florida held off Mississippi 7-6. Sobieraj finished with four RBIs. ... Javy Rodriguez went 2-for-4 with two stolen bases and three runs scored to lead host Miami past Rutgers 8-3. ... Chris Cucchia had a career-high six RBIs as host South Florida beat Saint Louis 13-6. ... Shippensburg beat host Tampa 12-8.

COLLEGES: FSU's softball team moved to the semifinals of the Kia Classic with a 3-2 win against Washington in Fullerton, Calif. ... Visiting South Florida swept Charlotte 9-7 and 6-3 in softball, giving coach Ken Eriksen his 250th win in the opener. ... Host Barry swept Eckerd 2-0 and 7-0 in softball.

TENNIS: Lleyton Hewitt, adjusting to the wind and blowing sand better than Pete Sampras, beat Sampras 6-2, 6-4 in the semifinals of the Pacific Life Open in Indian Wells, Calif. Teenager Daniela Hantuchova, playing in her first tour singles final, overpowered Martina Hingis 6-3, 6-4. The 18th-seeded Hantuchova became the lowest seed to win a women's tier I event since 1980.

TRACK AND FIELD: Olympic champion Cathy Freeman won a 400-meter race in Perth, Australia, 18 months after her last win at the distance. She was timed in :52.59 to win the Telstra A series.

CYCLING: Dario Frigo won the sixth stage of the Paris-Nice race, a 109-mile course that ended at the French Riviera. Alexandre Vinokourov extended his lead in the overall standings, with Sandy Casar in second.

GREYHOUNDS: Talentedmrripley set a season-best three-eighths-mile time of :37.30 in Distance Classic qualifying at Derby Lane. Round 2 is Wednesday.

SPEED SKATING: Dimitry Shepel led the overall standings at the World Championships in Heerenveen, Netherlands, after a victory in the 1,500 meters in 1 minute, 48.44 seconds.

SKIING: Eric Bergoust of the United States won the freestyle World Cup overall title in Ruka, Finland, and Jeremy Bloom was second in the moguls event to clinch that discipline's championship. Olympic moguls champion Kari Traa won the women's moguls and was the moguls and overall World Cup champion. ... Bente Skari clinched the women's World Cup cross-country title despite a 15th-place finish in the 30-kilometer race in Oslo, Norway. Thomas Alsgaard won the men's 50-kilometer and kept Per Elofsson from clinching the men's overall title. ... Ronny Ackermann clinched the Nordic combined Word Cup in Oslo after finishing third in the final sprint.

SNOWBOARDING: Olympic gold medalist Kelly Clark earned another halfpipe title in Stratton, Vt., winning the U.S. Open Championships.

BIATHLON: Sven Fischer overtook Egil Gjelland and Germany held on to beat Norway by 49.2 seconds in a men's World Cup relay in Lahti, Finland.

BOXING: Wladimir Klitschko stopped Frans Botha in the eighth round in Stuttgart, Germany, to defend his WBO heavyweight title for the third time. ... Sven Ottke won every round against Rick Thornberry in Magdeburg, Germany, to defend his IBF super-middleweight title.

OBITUARY: Alfredo Goyeneche, president of the Spanish Olympic Committee and a member of the IOC, died in a car crash 30 miles north of Madrid. He was 63.

-- DEBI JONES, VERA FILIPELLI, TIMES WIRES

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