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© St. Petersburg Times, published April 9, 2001


UF rolls for record win streak

Peter Nystrom's bases-clearing double broke open a one-run game and capped a four-run sixth inning as Florida held on to defeat Kentucky 9-8 in college baseball Sunday. Florida has a school-record 14-game winning streak.

Four Gators combined to hit five home runs as Aaron Sobieraj, Brian Rose, Kevin Estrada went deep and Aaron Davidson hit two, giving him five on the season.

MORE COLLEGE BASEBALL: Daniel Hodges gave up five hits, struck out three and walked one in a careerlong 7 2/3 innings as host Florida State beat Clemson 6-1, sweeping the Tigers for the first time since 1995. ... Javy Rodriguez was 3-for-5 with 3 runs, 4 RBI and 3 stolen bases as host Miami beat Savannah State 16-5 to complete a three-game sweep. ... John Vigue struck out three in 8 1/3 innings as USF beat Cincinnati 7-5 at Florida Power Park. ... Arizona State set an NCAA record late Saturday by scoring in its 350th consecutive game, a 5-1 loss at USC.

COLLEGE HOCKEY: Late Saturday, Krys Kolanos scored at 4:43 of overtime as Boston College beat defending champion North Dakota 3-2 for the school's second NCAA title and first in 52 years.

COLLEGES: Florida's Sarah Close, from Dunedin High, finished third on the platform event at the Zone Championship in Orlando to qualify for the U.S. National Indoor Diving Championships. ... South Florida's Paco Antelo beat Xavier Luscan 6-4, 6-4 in No. 1 singles as the visiting Bulls beat Florida State 6-1 in men's tennis. ... Kelly Lagedrost shot 74 to finish eighth at 222, leading South Florida (907) to a fifth-place finish at the Cleveland Golf Classic in Baton Rouge, La. Host LSU (864) won the team title and Georgia's Reilley Rankin (211) was the individual medalist. ... FSU's Louise Wright shot 73 to finish tied for 20th at 223 as the Seminoles (910) were eighth at the Bryan National Collegiate Golf Tournament in Browns Summit, N.C. Duke (856) was the team champion, led by individual champ Candy Hannemann (209). Miami (923) finished 12th. ... Prissie Walden drove in the winning run in the bottom of the sixth as the Florida softball team beat Mississippi 4-2. ... Christy Exizian homered and pitched eight scoreless innings in the first game as Tampa swept host Barry 1-0 and 4-2. ... Late Saturday, gymnastics teams from Georgia (197.775) and Florida (196.65) qualified at the Southeast Region meet in Gainesville for the NCAA Championships April 19-21.

HOCKEY: Canada capped another perfect run through the Women's World Championships with a 3-2 victory against the United States in the title game in Minneapolis.

SOCCER: Arsenal and Liverpool meet in the Football Association Cup final on May 12. Arsenal defeated Tottenham 2-1 on a goal by Robert Pires in the 74th minute. Liverpool beat Wycombe 2-1 on late goals by Emile Heskey and Robbie Fowler.

OLYMPICS: The coach of Brazil's bobsled team accused the Salt Lake Organizing Committee of trying to restrict countries from competing in the 2002 Winter Games. Joe Zammikiel contends the organizers used "strong-armed pressure" to tighten qualifying standards because of concerns over having to house the athletes who might otherwise qualify.

BEACH VOLLEYBALL: Second-seeded Natalie Cook and Kerri Pottharst beat Adriana Behar and Shelda Bede 28-26, 21-13 to win a FIVB World Tour event in Macau. The Pro Beach Volleyball Tour opens the domestic season April 20-22 on the Pier 60 South courts in Clearwater Beach.

RUNNING: Simon Biwott led a Kenyan sweep of the top three places in the Paris Marathon, holding off David Kirui and Fred Kiprop. Biwott was timed in 2 hours, 9 minutes, 40 seconds.

CYCLING: In a sprint finish, Gianluca Bortolami won the 168-mile Tour of Flanders in Meerbeke, Belgium, for his third career World Cup triumph. He was timed in 6:10:12.

BOXING: Late Saturday, featherweight Marco Barrera earned a unanimous decision against previously unbeaten Prince Naseem Hamed in Las Vegas.

EQUESTRIAN: Schuyler Riley and her Dutch-bred horse Ilian won the $300,000 American Grand Prix Association Championship at Wellington.

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