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published September 11, 2001

Grad rates steady across the board

Graduation rates among college athletes held steady in the most recent NCAA figures, but the rate among men's basketball players dropped to its second-lowest level since 1984.

The rates, released Monday, reflect graduation patterns for athletes who entered college in 1994-95.

Graduation rates for all Division I athletes remained at 58 percent, the same as surveys conducted the past two years, but the rate among men's basketball players dropped from 42 to 40 percent.

The rate among white male basketball players in Division I declined 4 percentage points to 52 percent. But the rate for black male basketball players, increased by 1 percent to 35. That's 4 percentage points higher than the black male student body.

Black female basketball players in Division I showed the largest increase ever, graduating 61 percent from the class that enrolled in 1994, 9 percent higher than the previous year and 19 percentage points higher than the black female general student population.

State graduation rates

Graduation rates at Florida, Florida State and South Florida as compiled by the NCAA:

(Football, Men's Basketball,All Athletes,Student Body)

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MORE COLLEGES: The Miami women's soccer team (5-0) broke into the Soccer America rankings at No. 15. ... The USF men's soccer team (4-0) moved up two spots to fifth in the NSCAA South Region rankings. Jason Cudjoe was named Conference USA offensive player of the week. ... Florida's Aury Cruz was named SEC volleyball player of the week. ... Maria Zavala resigned as Stetson women's soccer coach for personal reasons.

NBA: The Magic re-signed 6-foot-1 guard Troy Hudson to a one-year, $590,850 deal. Hudson played in a career-high 75 games last season, averaging 4.8 points, 2.2 assists and 1.4 rebounds. ... Trail Blazers forward Shawn Kemp agreed to drop a $4.1-million lawsuit he filed against Reebok for terminating his endorsement contract, the company said. Kemp also agreed to pay Reebok an undisclosed amount to settle a countersuit filed by the company. ... The Pistons re-signed forward Brian Cardinal to a two-year, $1.1-million contract and signed forward/center Victor Alexander. ... The 76ers hired Mike Woodson as an assistant.

TENNIS: Unseeded Ramon Delgado beat third seed Vladimir Voltchkov 7-5, 7-5 in the opening round of the Brazil Open at Salvador. ... Marc Lopez upset Galo Blanco 6-2, 6-2 at the Gelsor Open in Bucharest, Romania. ... Daniel Vacek beat No. 5 seed Nicolas Kiefer 7-5, 6-4 at the President's Cup in Tashkent, Uzbekistan.

SOCCER: Miami forward Alex Pineda Chacon was selected Major League Soccer player of the week for the fourth time this season. ... English club Coventry City, demoted to Division One after last season, said fifth-year coach Gordon Strachan left the club "by mutual consent."

GOLF: The United States, which won last year with Tiger Woods and David Duval, is the No. 1 seed for the World Cup, which is Nov. 13-18 at Gotemba City, Japan.

EQUESTRIAN: Todd Minikus of Loxahatchee and his chestnut stallion, Oh Star, finished third for the bronze medal Sunday in the world's first $1-million show jumping grand prix competition at Spruce Meadows in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. World champion grand prix rider Rodrigo Pessoa of Brazil came in first with his horse Gandini Lianos. The world's No. 1-ranked jumper rider, Ludger Beerbaum of Germany, and his mount Gladdys S took second. Lauren Hough of Ocala, the youngest U.S. rider on the 2000 Olympic team, placed fifth on her Sydney Games mount, Clasiko.

TV: YankeeNets LLC, which owns MLB's Yankees, the NBA's Nets and a stake in the NHL's Devils, sold 40 percent of its television unit for $350-million to a group of investors. Leo Hindery, former CEO of telecommunications network builder Global Crossing, Hindery was named chief executive of the network. ... Companies spent about $2.7-billion to advertise on TV sports broadcasts in the first half of the year, an 11 percent decline from the same period last year, market-research firm CMR said.

TRACK AND FIELD: South Africa's top shot putter, Burger Lambrechts, was suspended two years after testing positive for a banned steroid, stanozolol.

CYCLING: Erik Zabel won the third stage of the Tour of Spain in Leon, edging Robbie McEwen in a sprint finish for his second stage win in as many days. David Millar kept the overall lead, a second ahead of Santiago Botero.

GOLF: Don Lucas of Valrico beat Earle Smith 7 and 6 as match play started at the U.S. Senior Amateur in St. Louis. Also, Larry Ellis beat medalist Joe Cadle 2-up and Kemp Richardson, the son of 1987 champion John, beat Lenwood Ladd 7 and 6. Lucas faces Ron Ramsey today. ... Sharon Gonsalves of Tampa lost to Judy Miller 1 up at the Senior Women's Amateur in Sewickley, Pa. Kathie Westlund of Fort Myers advanced.

OBITUARIES: Yushiro Yagi, the president of the Japan Olympic Committee, died at 72 after collapsing at a hotel in western Japan.

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