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Ford gets Wooden Award

Compiled from Times wires

© St. Petersburg Times, published April 13, 2003


LOS ANGELES -- T.J. Ford won the John R. Wooden Award on Saturday, the Texas point guard's second major college basketball player of the year honor.

The sophomore, who won the Naismith Award last month, finished with 4,418 points -- 846 ahead of second-place David West of Xavier.

Ford led Texas to its first Final Four appearance since 1947 and led the Longhorns in averaging 15 points, 7.7 assists and two steals. He is the first Texas player to win the Wooden and Naismith awards.

Kansas' Roy Williams received the legends of coaching award. Williams has won 418 games and been to four Final Fours in 15 seasons at Kansas, but has never won the national title.

FOOTBALL: Former Southern Miss running back Derrick Nix, 23, will receive a transplanted kidney from his brother Marcus as soon as next month. If successful, Nix can end the daily dialysis he's had since late December.

GYMNASTICS: Oklahoma edged Ohio State a second straight year to win the NCAA men's championship in Philadelphia. Oklahoma (26-0) is the second team to end the season with a perfect record; the Buckeyes are the other. ... The Florida women qualified for the NCAA Championships on April24-26, edging North Carolina 194.95-194.90 in a Southeast Region final in Athens, Ga.

TENNIS: The Florida women swept visiting South Carolina 7-0 to win their 19th SEC title. The Gators will be the top seed in the conference tournament in Knoxville, Tenn. UF plays Friday.

TENNIS: Serena tops Davenport

Serena Williams held off a late rally by Lindsay Davenport to reach the Family Circle Cup final at Charleston, S.C. Williams won 6-2, 7-5, extending her record to 21-0 this year. She faces Justine Henin-Hardenne today for the championship. Williams hit a 108 mph serve to tie at 5-all. Serving for the match two games later, Williams boomed three aces. Henin-Hardenne beat 17-year-old Ashley Harkleroad of Wesley Chapel 6-2, 6-1, ending the surprise run of Harkleroad, who beat three seeded players to make her first WTA Tour semifinal.

FOOTBALL: Bengals settle on Kitna

The shuffle is over. Jon Kitna is quarterback. Even if Cincinnati takes Carson Palmer with the first overall pick in the NFL draft, its plan for the position is clear under new coach Marvin Lewis. Unlike his predecessor, Dick LeBeau, Lewis does not believe in leaving the position in flux during training camp or changing passers willy nilly during the season.

ARENA LEAGUE: Jay Gruden, brother of Bucs coach Jon, threw five TDs as host Orlando snapped a four-game skid, beating Buffalo 66-23 Friday night. Playing for the first time since injuring his ankle six weeks ago, Gruden completed 10-of-15 for 144 yards.

INDEPENDENT WOMEN: Sheylia Rutland rushed for 128 yards and scored a TD to lead Tampa Bay 8-0 over host Orlando.

SOCCER: Atlanta sets goals record

Maribel Dominguez scored three goals and host Atlanta set a WUSA record for goals in consecutive games, beating Boston 6-0. Homare Sawa added two for Atlanta, which tied the league single-game record for goals. Atlanta's 11 goals in two games eclipsed the eight of Washington last year. Also, Jacqui Little had two first-half goals and Mia Hamm scored in the second to lead host Washington 3-1 over New York.

MLS: Carlos Ruiz scored in the 30th minute to give defending champion Los Angeles a 1-all tie with host Dallas. Jeff Cunningham knocked in a crossing pass in the final minute as visiting Columbus beat host New York/New Jersey 1-0. Chris Brown scored less than 90 seconds into OT, leading host Kansas City 3-2 over D.C.

POWERBOATS:Jack Stoerrie, a 40-year-old throttleman on the American Powerboat Association Offshore Racing circuit from Egg Harbor Township, N.J., died when he was ejected on the last lap of a race in Daytona Beach. Driver Howard Richardson suffered minor leg injures.

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