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In brief

By Times staff writers, Times wires
© St. Petersburg Times
published August 23, 2002

UF faces new basketball challenges

A matchup against defending national champion Maryland highlights Florida's basketball schedule that was released Thursday.

The Gators have five in-state schools on their nonconference schedule, including games at Florida State (Dec. 6), against South Florida (Dec. 8) and at Miami (Dec. 21).

Florida has not faced Miami since Dec. 30, 1990. The Gators took 12 of 13 decisions in the series before it was discontinued.

"You want to try to play schools in state," coach Billy Donovan said. "Certainly Florida State's been a great rivalry. We thought (Miami) would be a good series to get started. We've got a lot of schools in this state that have got very good programs."

Donovan hopes to begin a home-and-home contract with Maryland as he did with Michigan State in 2001 and 2002. The Gators face the Terrapins in College Park on Dec. 14. Florida opens SEC play Jan. 7 at Mississippi State. Key road games include Kentucky (Feb. 4), Tennessee (Feb. 15) and Georgia (March 4).

Florida ended last season 22-9, losing to Creighton in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.

MORE COLLEGES: Former Florida guard/forward Monique Cardenas will play overseas in Portugal. ... Louisiana Tech women's basketball coach Leon Barmore, 576-87 in 17 seasons, announced his retirement. ... Auburn signed junior college point guard Troy Gaines after signee Terry Licorish was declared academically ineligible. ... The Florida women's soccer team, picked to repeat as SEC champion, hosts Jacksonville in an exhibition today.

TENNIS: Top-seeded Venus Williams and No. 2 Lindsay Davenport advanced to the Pilot Penn semifinals in New Haven, Conn. Martina Hingis lost to unseeded Anastasia Myskina. ... Alex Corretja and Juan Ignacio Chela, who beat Jan-Michael Gambill, advanced in the TD Waterhouse Cup in Commack, N.Y. ... No. 15 seed Guillermo Canas withdrew from Monday's U.S. Open because of a stress fracture in his wrist.

SOCCER: Northern Ireland midfielder Neil Lennon said he is quitting international play after receiving a death threat. Lennon, a Roman Catholic, withdrew from Wednesday's exhibition against Cyprus after Protestant extremists allegedly threatened to attack him or his home. ... Lindsay Tarpley scored two goals to lead USA 6-0 over Taiwan at the FIFA under-19 women's world championship in Victoria, British Columbia.

BOXING: A federal judge rejected heavyweight John Ruiz's request to cut ties with promoter Don King long enough to arrange a bout with Mike Tyson. N.Y. judge Laura Taylor Swain said there was no proof King violated the contract terms Ruiz signed in 1998, and Ruiz has no authority to choose opponents and arrange his fights. The ruling was temporary and a trial is scheduled for Sept. 6.

HORSES: Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner War Emblem, the early 2-1 favorite in Sunday's $1-million Pacific Classic at Del Mar, drew the No. 6 post. Trainer Bobby Frankel will try to win a third straight time, this time with Santa Anita Handicap winner Milwaukee Brew in post No. 10.

NHL: The Panthers put backup goalie Trevor Kidd on waivers, hoping another team will pick up his $2.3-million salary. ... Pittsburgh forward Martin Straka, who cracked a vertebra and tore a ligament in his back June 22, will miss at least the season's start.

SAILING: Britain's Iain Percy and Steven Mitchell finished second in a Star Class race at Los Angeles, taking the overall lead with one race left in the World Championship.

SKIING: Bill Demong, the reigning U.S. Nordic combined champion, was hospitalized in Kassel, Germany, after fracturing his skull in a swimming accident.

SOFTBALL: St. Petersburg's Paul Good, 92, a member of the Kids & Kubs since 1984, will be inducted into the Senior Hall of Fame Sept. 5 at the National Championships at Plano, Texas. The Kids & Kubs is a 72-year fixture in St. Petersburg made up of two teams of men 75 and older who play October-April at North Shore Park.

TRACK AND FIELD: Olympic silver medalist Glory Alozie was stripped of her European indoor hurdles title after officials ruled the Nigerian-born athlete was ineligible to compete for Spain at the March event. ... Indian weight lifter Satheesha Rai was stripped of two golds and a bronze he won at the Commonwealth Games because of a doping violation.

WATER POLO: Russia beat the United States 8-5 at the World Cup in Belgrade, Yugoslavia.

-- JILL MARTIN, BRUCE LOWITT, TIMES WIRES

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