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Published: Sunday, January 5, 2003 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, January 5, 2003 at 12:33 a.m.

No. 1 Okaloosa-Walton slips past Santa Fe CC

The Santa Fe Community College men's basketball team nearly pulled off a stunner Saturday at the SFCC gymnasium.
Okaloosa-Walton, the top-ranked junior college team in the state and nation, beat SFCC (ranked No. 2 in the state) 69-64 in the Florida JuCo Shootout.
SFCC led by two points with two minutes left, but the Raiders (16-0) regained the lead on a Derek Thomas three-point play and jumper from Ronell Taylor.
SFCC's Bryan Harrison scored to cut the lead to one point, but OWCC stretched the lead to 66-64 on a free throw.
With less than 10 seconds to play, SFCC's Brian Greene had his shot deflected in the lane by Donell Taylor. Ronell Taylor then sank a half-court shot as time expired for the final margin.
"I thought our kids, better than any time up to this point, really really competed," SFCC coach Scott McMillin said. "If we give tonight's effort every night in conference play, we're going to have an opportunity to win our league."
Greene led the Saints (16-3) with 15 points, followed by Matt Cenatus (13 points), Harrison (12) and Dan Martin (10).
SFCC plays Coastal Georgia Community College in Brunswick, Ga., on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. The Saints beat CGCC 80-54 earlier this season.

Arkansas' Broyles says announcer 'wrong'

LITTLE ROCK - Arkansas Athletic Director Frank Broyles said Saturday that a Memphis basketball radio announcer was "totally wrong" in saying on the air that Broyles was cursing the Tigers after their victory over the Razorbacks on Thursday.
"There's the classy Frank Broyles, the AD cussing at us. Oh, it is so nice to hear from you Frank ... appreciate the comments," announcer Dave Woloshin said on the air at the conclusion of Memphis' 72-67 victory over the Razorbacks at Fayetteville.
"The man is totally wrong," Broyles said when asked Saturday about the comments. "After the game, he turned to me and he said, 'I've got you on tape."'

Butler's Archey sets Div. I free throw mark

CHICAGO - Butler's Darnell Archey broke the NCAA Division I record for consecutive free throws Saturday when he made his 74th in a row.
The record of 73 was set by Villanova's Gary Buchanan, whose streak ended on Feb. 12, 2001.
Archey, a senior guard, was 3-of-3 from the free throw line in a 68-65 victory over Illinois-Chicago and has made 76 in a row. He hasn't missed a foul shot since his sophomore season in February 2001.

Connecticut tops Vols for 51st straight victory

HARTFORD, Conn. - As Tennessee ran off the Hartford Civic Center floor, stung by yet another loss to Connecticut, one of the 16,000-plus fans shouted what the Lady Vols already knew: "Too much Taurasi!"
Diana Taurasi kept the third-ranked Huskies rolling toward the record book with a 25-point performance that included the tying shot in regulation and the game-winner with 31 seconds left in overtime of UConn's 63-62 victory.
With 51 straight wins, the Huskies (12-0) have the second-longest winning streak in NCAA history, behind Louisiana Tech's 54 straight victories from 1980-82.
"This one feels really good, knowing that we had every chance to lose the ballgame," Taurasi said.

Former catcher Daulton charged with DUI

TAMPA - Former major league catcher Darren Daulton was arrested on charges of driving under the influence when he refused a breath alcohol test, police said Saturday.
Daulton was arrested Friday night when he was stopped by officers in his 2003 Mercedes Benz, said Tampa police spokeswoman Katie Hughes. He was arrested with a female passenger but she was not charged, Hughes said.

46-year-old Navratilova adds another title

GOLD COAST, Australia - Martina Navratilova won her 167th doubles title Saturday, teaming with 17-year-old Russian Svetlana Kuznetsova to win the Australian women's hardcourt tournament.
Navratilova and Kuznetsova beat France's Nathalie Dechy and Emilie Loit 6-4, 6-4.
"It's pretty amazing," Navratilova said. "We're now on a good note for the Australian Open. We can do some damage."
At 46 years, 2 months, 17 days, Navratilova is the oldest player in history to win a WTA Tour event, a record she set at 45 with a victory in Madrid.

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