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© St. Petersburg Times, published April 6, 2001

Frozen Four final: North Dakota-BC

Karl Goehring won the duel of heralded goalies over Ryan Miller as defending champion North Dakota defeated top-ranked Michigan State 2-0 Thursday to return to the final of the Frozen Four in Albany, N.Y.

The Fighting Sioux held a 17-7 edge in shots as they scored both their goals in the first period.

North Dakota (29-7-9) plays Boston College (32-8-2), a 4-2 winner over Michigan, at 7 Saturday. The Eagles got two goals each from freshmen Chuck Kobasew and Ben Eaves in their first win over Michigan in the tournament in five games.

North Dakota beat Boston College 4-2 to win last season's title.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: Florida senior fullback Rob Roberts (left knee) and sophomore tailback Ran Carthon (left shoulder) had surgery to correct ligament damage. They are expected back near the start of the season. ... Miami receiver Andre Johnson and linebacker Carl Walker are probable for Saturday's scrimmage. ... Florida State's Jean Jeune, who has a 3.35 grade-point average in Sociology, is one of 10 finalists nationally for the inaugural John McLendon Memorial Minority Postgraduate Scholarship Awards.

COLLEGES: The UF softball team lost 6-5 at Auburn. ... Host Saint Leo allowed 14 walks in a 9-5 loss to North Florida in baseball. ... The South Florida women's sailing team hosts the Southern District Championship Saturday and Sunday. The top two teams advance to the Intercollegiate Yacht Racing Association National Championship in June in St. Petersburg. ... Florida State will hold a groundbreaking ceremony for its new basketball practice facility on Tuesday. ... Oklahoma and Ohio State won their qualifying sessions and are two of six teams that will compete for the men's gymnastics championship tonight in Columbus, Ohio.

SOCCER: Mutiny defender Steve Trittschuh is scheduled for surgery this morning on his broken right leg. Recovery time is estimated at 12 weeks. ... Tampa Bay forward Devin Barclay has been called to the U.S. under-20 men's national team training camp in Chula Vista, Calif., for a 14-day session beginning Monday, the day he turns 18. Barclay could miss two Mutiny games.

TENNIS: No. 2 seed Chanda Rubin was upset in the second round of the Porto Open, losing to Ludomira Bacheva 7-6 (7-3), 6-1 in Oporto, Portugal. No. 1 seed Arantxa Sanchez Vicario secured a berth in the quarterfinals with a 6-4, 6-2 victory over Maria Antonia Sanchez Lorenzo.

HORSES: Outofthebox, runner-up in the Fountain of Youth Stakes, is the 8-5 favorite among 10 3-year-olds for Saturday's $250,000 Flamingo Stakes at Hialeah Park. ... Dream Run (2-1) and Distilled (5-2) are favored for Saturday's $500,000 Illinois Derby. ... Hoovergetthekeys (9-5) and Fifty Stars (2-1) head a field of eight 3-year-olds for Saturday's $500,000 Lone Star Derby.

HOCKEY: Natalie Darwitz scored power-play goals 50 seconds apart in the first period as the United States routed Finland 9-0 to advance to the semifinals of the IIHF Women's World Championships in Minneapolis.

SKIING: A government report that followed the biggest doping scandal in Finnish history found that cross-country skiers had used performance-enhancing drugs for at least two years. Six skiers tested positive for performance-enhancing HES, a banned plasma expander, at the World Nordic Championships in February.

CYCLING: Tour de France organizers introduced a plan to crack down on drug-taking in this year's race, including a threat to exclude any rider or team that refuses to sign a new ethical code.

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