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© St. Petersburg Times, published April 7, 2001


Battier caps season with Wooden Award

Shane Battier, who led Duke to its first NCAA men's basketball championship since 1992, capped an outstanding college career Friday, winning the 25th John R. Wooden Award as the male player of the year.

Battier, a 6-foot-8 senior forward from Birmingham, Mich., was previously honored as the Associated Press player of the year and Naismith Award winner, and was chosen the outstanding player in the Final Four for his efforts in victories against Maryland and Arizona.

"I'm very honored to receive this award," Battier said. "Last year, Coach Wooden told me if he was still coaching, I'd be a player he'd like to coach. That's the ultimate compliment."

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: South Florida will be without defensive end Ian Blackwell for the remainder of spring drills. The sophomore broke his ankle in Wednesday's practice. ... Linebacker Marlon Moye-Moore and cornerback Andrew Smith have been suspended at Maryland after being charged with robbing and assaulting a man at a night club in Hyattsville in February.

COLLEGE BASEBALL: Blair Varnes struck out five in seven innings and Ryan Barthelemy had four RBI as host FSU beat Clemson 7-4. Kevin Estrada's 10th-inning single lifted host Florida to a 7-6 victory against Kentucky and its 12th consecutive win, one short of tying school record set in 1968. ... USF's Mike Eylward singled home Ben Drawdy to highlight a five-run seventh inning as USF beat Cincinnati 8-4 at Florida Power Park. ... Baylor lifted the suspensions of two players charged with shooting, skinning and beheading a stray cat. Pitcher Derek Brehm and reserve outfielder Clint Bowers were suspended from the team March 22. They were charged March 9 with animal cruelty after the head of a skinned cat was discovered in Bowers' vehicle. The criminal investigation will continue, Waco, Texas, police said. Coach Steve Smith said he acted after discussions with school administrators and disciplinary action. He would not reveal details.

COLLEGES: Pitchers Leslie Malerich and Jen White-Stokes earned victories as visiting FSU swept North Carolina in softball 2-0 and 5-0. ... Florida's Nick Gilliam shot 69 to tie for third individually, leading the Gators (292) to a tie for third at the U.S. Intercollegiate in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. Nick Cassini of Georgia and Matt Jones of Arizona State led the event at 68, and Georgia led the team standings at 284. ... The host Florida women's tennis team improved to 15-1 with a 7-0 defeat of Miami. ... The host USF men's tennis team beat FAU 6-1, ending its two-match losing streak and halting the Owls' 10-match win streak. ... USF's Kelly Lagedrost was four shots off the lead at 75, leading the women (312) to sixth place after one day at the Cleveland Golf Classic in Baton Rouge, La. Auburn's Celeste Troche was tied with Mississippi State's Lina Thoren for the best individual score, leading the Tigers (293) to the top of the team standings. ... Nine former athletes were inducted into the Florida Athletic Hall of Fame: Nicole Arendt (tennis), Brad Culpepper (football), Bruce Culpepper (football), Mark Everett (track and field), Mandell Glicksberg (faculty representative), Kim Helton (football), Jackie Simpson (football), Jarvis Williams (football) and Martin Zubero (swimming). ... Michigan State goalie Ryan Miller won the Hobey Baker Award, given to the top hockey player. ... USF signed soccer players Jared Vock, Justin Norton and Rustin Kludge.

TENNIS: Jan Siemerink and Raemon Sluiter won matches as the host Netherlands, seeking its first Davis Cup semifinal berth, took a 2-0 quarterfinal lead on Germany. Roared on by a capacity crowd at the indoor court in Hertogenbosch, Siemerink beat Nicolas Kiefer 6-3, 7-6 (7-5), 3-6, 6-3, and Sluiter edged David Prinosil 6-1, 6-3, 7-6 (7-3). In other quarterfinals, Brazil and Australia split their opening singles matches, Sweden led Russia 2-0 and France had a 2-0 lead on Switzerland.

SOCCER: U.S. Olympian and Los Angeles Galaxy defender of the year Danny Califf signed a multiyear contract with MLS. Terms were not disclosed.

RUNNING: Seventeen more marathons have joined a call for the introduction of blood testing at major distance running events around the world. Organizers of the London, Berlin, Boston, Chicago and New York City marathons launched a campaign last month for worldwide implementation of blood testing, both in and out of competition. Among those which have since signed up are marathons in Beijing, Belgrade, Dublin, Hamburg, Istanbul, Las Vegas, Stockholm, Turin, Valencia and Vancouver, as well as half-marathons in Kyoto and Lisbon.

OLYMPICS: Former CIA director R. James Woolsey added his voice to the 100-plus bipartisan members of Congress who are calling on the IOC to deny Beijing the honor of being the site of the 2008 Summer Games. "I think this is precisely the time for us to go all out to stop the Chinese from getting the Olympics," Woolsey said, referring to the ongoing spy plane crisis. "China needs to understand that when they pull this sort of strong-arm tactics with the United States, they make things worse for themselves, not better." A representative from China denounced the idea. "We believe using political issues to thwart Beijing's Olympic bid is not in keeping with the Olympic spirit and is also unfair," spokeswoman Zhang Ming said.

HIGH SCHOOLS: Michigan State basketball recruit Kelvin Torbert, who broke Glen Rice's prep scoring records, was named Gatorade player of the year. ... Lenape High School in Medford, N.J., fired boys basketball coach Adrian Matthew, who was arrested March 17 and charged with smoking marijuana with four students.

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