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Published: Sunday, January 12, 2003 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, January 12, 2003 at 12:28 a.m.

Gators finish third at Super Six Challenge

ATHENS, Ga. - No. 8 Florida gymnastics team turned in its best season-opening score Saturday to finish third at the 4th Super Six Challenge, held in front of a Stegeman Coliseum crowd of 9,320. No. 2 Georgia won the meet at 197.325, while No. 5 Nebraska took second at 196.70.
Florida turned in a 196.575 - crushing its previous season-opening best of 194.425 set the 2001 Super Six Challenge. Defending NCAA champion Alabama was fourth at 196.00, followed by No. 19 Penn State (194.375) and No. 12 Oklahoma (193.275).
"I thought it was a wonderful first meet, " first-year Gator coach Rhonda Faehn said. "Our athletes performed confidently, aggressively and had fun out there. Obviously, there is still room for improvement, but it was a great start for the season. The team instantly saw the results of all the hard work they put in this fall."

UF swimmers, divers defeat No. 5 Texas

The No. 2 Florida women's swimming and diving team improved to 8-0 by defeating No. 5 Texas 170-128 Saturday at the O'Connell Center Natatorium.
The meet began with the UF 400-yard medley relay teams finishing first and second.
Individually, the meet was highlighted by two NCAA automatic qualifying times and 16 provisional qualifying times for the Gators.
Junior Sara McLarty won three events and swam three NCAA qualifying times to bring her season total to 11. She won the 400-yard individual medley with an automatic qualifying time of 4:15.08. McLarty also won the 200-yard butterfly and the 200-yard freestyle with provisional qualifying times of 1:59.69 and 1:48.10, respectively.

Lemieux, Jagr together again as All-Stars

NEW YORK - Mario Lemieux and Jaromir Jagr are teammates again, this time as Eastern Conference All-Stars.
Lemieux, the NHL's leading scorer with 68 points, was picked by fans to be the East's starting center. He will be joined on the forward line by former Pittsburgh Penguins teammate Jagr and current teammate Alexei Kovalev.
Nikolai Khabibulin, who helped the surprising Tampa Bay Lightning to the top of Southeast Division, will start in goal for the East.
The full rosters for the 53rd All-Star game will be announced Thursday night. The game is Feb. 2 in Sunrise, Fla.

Marlins, Tigers complete a five-player deal

MIAMI - Left-hander Mark Redman joined the Florida Marlins from the Detroit Tigers in a five-player trade Saturday.
The Marlins sent right-hander Gary Knotts and minor league left-handers Nate Robertson and Rob Henkel to the Tigers for Redman and minor league right-hander Jason Fuell.

Rhodes quits post with Denver's defense

DENVER - Denver defensive coordinator Ray Rhodes resigned Saturday after the Broncos' second consecutive disappointing season.
"Ray Rhodes has resigned as defensive coordinator because he felt like he wasn't getting the job done," the Broncos said in a statement.

Rhodes quits post with Denver's defense

  • DENVER - Denver defensive coordinator Ray Rhodes resigned Saturday after the Broncos' second consecutive disappointing season.
    "Ray Rhodes has resigned as defensive coordinator because he felt like he wasn't getting the job done," the Broncos said in a statement.
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    One slip by Els, a record day from Choi

  • KAPALUA, Hawaii - One bad swing kept Ernie Els from a runaway Saturday in the Mercedes Championships. A record round by K.J. Choi gave him a fighting chance.
    Despite a double bogey on the 17th hole, Els shot an 8-under 65 in breezy conditions at Kapalua and took a two-stroke lead into the final round of the season-opening tournament.
    Choi broke the Plantation Course record with an 11-under 62, although that didn't seem to do much good until a few lapses by the Big Easy at the end.
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