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Seminoles shut down VMI in near no-hitter

By wire services
Published February 3, 2004

TALLAHASSEE - Three Florida State pitchers held VMI hitless through eight innings, helping the Seminoles win 8-1 Monday. A scheduled doubleheader nightcap was canceled.

VMI avoided the no-hitter when Brandon Massenburg led off the ninth with a single, one of two hits allowed by Tyler Chambliss, the fourth FSU pitcher.

Gibbs Chapman had two hits and four RBIs for FSU (2-0).

AUTO RACING: Wimmer arrested

NASCAR driver Scott Wimmer was arrested on suspicion of driving while impaired after crashing a pickup truck in High Point, N.C., police said. The driver had a 0.15 percent blood alcohol level, well above the 0.08 at which the state presumes impairment, police said. Wimmer was released and a hearing is scheduled March 10. The Nextel Cup rookie, who sustained some cuts, was driving a truck owned by his team owner, Bill Davis, when it flipped and landed in a ditch about 2 a.m. Saturday, High Point police Lt. Keith Washington said.

SPENCER NOT FINED: NASCAR will not penalize driver Jimmy Spencer for a remark about the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor or his hope that Toyota's venture into truck racing this year will be a failure. "That's Jimmy Spencer," NASCAR spokesman Jim Hunter said late Sunday. Spencer said of Toyota's entry into NASCAR that the Japanese, "bombed Pearl Harbor, don't forget," the San Antonio Express-News reported.

DAYTONA PURSE: The Feb. 15 Daytona 500 will have the biggest purse in NASCAR history: $15,972,313, an increase of nearly $2-million from last year. The winner's minimum: $1,391,730.

HORSE RACING: Pletcher tops Crown list

Todd Pletcher has more Triple Crown nominees than any other trainer for the third year in a row. A total of 434 thoroughbreds were nominated for the Triple Crown races - the Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont - with Pletcher leading the way with 35 3-year-olds.

GULFSTREAM PARK: Racing was canceled for a second day after jockeys again expressed safety concerns over track conditions. More than 4 inches of rain fell at the track over the weekend, waterlogging the surface.


BASEBALL: Jose Macias homered and drove in three runs, and Elmer Dessens pitched seven strong innings to lead Mexico to a 4-3 win over Venezuela in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, in the Caribbean Series.

FIGURE SKATING: Russians Tatiana Totmianina and Maxim Marinin led after the short program, moving closer to a third consecutive title at the European championships in Budapest, Hungary.

SOCCER: Costa Rica beat Jamaica 3-0 in Olympic qualifying in Guadalajara, Mexico. The U.S. team faces Panama today to open group play; two of the 16 teams from the region in the tournament will qualify for the Athens Games.

OBITUARY: Eleanor Holm Whalen, an Olympic swimming champion who was expelled from the 1936 Berlin Games in a headline-making drinking episode and went on to a show-business career, died Saturday in Miami. Her sister-in-law, Mary Ann Flotron, said she died of kidney failure at 91.

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