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Bulls land standout from Fort Lauderdale

By ANTONYA ENGLISH

© St. Petersburg Times, published April 12, 2001


South Florida finished its men's basketball recruiting Wednesday with the signing of Fort Lauderdale Dillard standout Kelvin Brown.

Brown, a 6-foot-5, 210-pound small forward, orally committed during the November early signing period. He signed a letter of intent Wednesday, the first day of the spring signing period.

Brown said he didn't sign in November because his parents encouraged him to wait to make sure he was doing the right thing.

A four-year starter at Dillard, Brown averaged 17 points and 14 rebounds last season, leading his team to its second straight Class 6A state title. He was named Most Valuable Player at the state tournament the past two seasons and was a first-team, Class 6A All-State selection in his senior year.

"I just think he's very complete," USF coach Seth Greenberg said. "He does so many things well. ... He's just a very good basketball player."

Brown also was recruited by Auburn, Villanova and Massachusetts.

MORE COLLEGE BASKETBALL: O.J. Gilmore, son of former NBA and Jacksonville standout Artis Gilmore, signed a letter of intent to play for Jacksonville, coach Hugh Durham said. ... An NCAA subcommittee denied Texas Tech's appeal to regain two scholarships this season. Also, coach Bob Knight named son Pat to his coaching staff, along with Bob Beyer and Les Fertig.

COLLEGE BASEBALL: Josh Laws' home run in the top of the ninth gave visiting Stetson the lead for good in a 21-17 win against Florida. The Gators, who came back from a 17-3 deficit, had their school-record 14-game winning streak end. ... John-Ford Griffin and Ryan Barthelemy homered to lead a 13-hit attack as host FSU beat Jacksonville 9-4, the Seminoles' eighth win in a row against the Dolphins.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: The 2002 Kickoff Classic will feature Notre Dame and Maryland on Aug. 25.

COLLEGES: Christy Exizian and Laci Tiarks earned victories as host Tampa swept Eckerd 5-0 and 1-0 in softball. ... Minnesota is investigating its national championship wrestling program for possible NCAA recruiting violations, a newspaper reported. Coach J Robinson acknowledged one violation: publicizing the names of nonscholarship recruits before they were accepted for admission, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reported.

TENNIS: Silvia Farina Elia knocked second-seeded Conchita Martinez out of the Bausch & Lomb Championships in Amelia Island 6-4, 6-1. Also, fourth-seeded Amanda Coetzer defeated Tatiana Panova 7-5, 3-0 (retired); sixth-seeded Amelie Mauresmo defeated Kristina Brandi 6-2, 6-1, and seventh-seeded Aranxta Sanchez-Vicario defeated Pavlina Nola 6-3, 6-3. ... Second-seeded Tim Henman lost to qualifier Felix Mantilla 7-5, 6-1 in the second round of the Estoril Open in Oeiras, Portugal.

SOCCER: Australia set a world record for scoring, and forward Archie Thompson had the most goals for one player in one game. What's unclear, though, is what those record totals are. The scorekeeper might have lost count during Australia's victory against American Samoa in a 2002 World Cup qualifying match. The score was either 31-0 or 32-0, and Thompson scored 13 or 14. FIFA, the sport's governing body, is waiting for the referee's official report to determine what the entries in the record book should say.

SKIING: Former Olympic downhill champion Bill Johnson, who has been in a coma since a skiing crash last month, was moved from a Kalispell, Mont., hospital to a Portland hospital to be closer to family.

HORSE RACING: Griffinite, a 16-1 shot ridden by Jose Santos, went four wide in the stretch and then overtook Sam Lord's Castle at the wire to win the $111,000 Grade III Lafayette Stakes in Lexington, Ky. ... The body found inside a car at the bottom of a roadside canal in Miramar is that of trainer John Tammaro. Investigators are trying to figure out how the 75-year-old trainer, missing since Feb. 25, ended up there. Police Capt. Bruce Keesling said a preliminary autopsy revealed no signs of trauma.

AREA FOOTBALL: Despite missing off-season voluntary workouts and the initial portion of training camp because of a drug arrest, quarterback Todd Marinovich likely will start Saturday when Los Angeles opens its second season at San Jose, coach Stan Brock said.

OLYMPICS: Australian swim coach Gennadi Touretski was suspended by his national federation after police charged him with possession of performance-enhancing steroids.

BOXING: Tony Ayala Jr., a once-promising boxer who spent 16 years in prison for raping a neighbor, was indicted on charges of breaking into a house in San Antonio to try to sexually assault a woman. A trial date has not been set. His lawyer, Johnny Cisneros, said the police report shows the boxer didn't intend to hurt anybody.

TELEVISION: College basketball analyst Dick Vitale, 61, signed new contracts with ESPN and ABC through the 2005-06 season.

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