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Published: Sunday, January 19, 2003 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, January 19, 2003 at 12:54 a.m.

UF TENNIS

Florida's Holmia wins, reaches semifinals NORCROSS, Ga. - Florida freshman Janne Holmia reached the semifinals of the SEC Men's Indoor Championships with a 7-6, 6-1 win against LSU's Peter Richman.
Holmia will play Georgia's Bo Hodge today.
Florida's Jennifer Magley and Zerene Reyes beat Stanford's Alice Barnes and Amber Liu 8-2 to reach the final of the Collegiate Kickoff Classic on Saturday in Las Vegas.
The Florida pair will face Tennessee's Vilmarie Castellvi and Melissa Schaub this morning for the championship.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

Interception return sparks North to victory MOBILE, Ala. - Notre Dame's big-play specialist Shane Walton returned a fourth-quarter interception 99 yards for a touchdown as the North won 17-0 in Saturday's Senior Bowl.
Walton outshined some of college football's biggest offensive names, picking off Texas star Chris Simms at the goal line and racing untouched down the left sideline with 9:13 left in the game.
It was the longest return in Senior Bowl history, topping Fred Weary's (Florida) 97-yarder in the 1998 game. The game is a showcase for top senior NFL prospects.
Running back Earnest Graham (Florida) rushed for 18 yards on six carries and caught a pass for nine yards. Florida receiver Taylor Jacobs missed the game because of deep thigh bruise. Florida safety Todd Johnson, linebacker Mike Nattiel and tight end Aaron Walker also for the South.

FIGURE SKATING

Somehow, Weiss claims men's championship DALLAS - Michael Weiss splatted on a quadruple lutz and didn't do a triple axel the entire competition. Yet he somehow ended up with the national title.
Yes, things were really, really ugly at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships.
Weiss won his third title, Tim Goebel, the Olympic bronze medalist, dropped to second overall after an ugly free skate. Little-known Ryan Jahnke vaulted all the way from sixth to third.

Kwan wins sixth straight national

DALLAS - With the way Michelle Kwan keeps piling up national championships, should the Olympics really matter?
Kwan reasserted herself Saturday night with the style and perfection that has marked her illustrious career, winning her sixth straight U.S. Figure Skating Championships title and seventh overall.
Olympic champion Sarah Hughes, in her first significant event of the season, moved up from third to second. Sasha Cohen slipped to third.

UF GYMNASTICS

Gators beat 'Hogs, host meet today FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. - Florida's gymnastics team won its first dual meet at Arkansas on Friday night, 196.25 -193.975.
The Gators (4-2, 1-0 SEC) swept the individual honors on every event. Florida opened with a solid set on the uneven bars, turning in a team score of 49.10 as the Gators took the top four individual spots. Junior Erin Pendleton led the Gators with her first-place mark of 9.90.
The Gators host a Meet the Team event at 1:30 p.m. today in the Ted Crom Gymnastics Studio in the O'Connell Center. The event is free and the first 200 fans receive a Gator women's basketball watch.

SOCCER

United States blanks Canadians, 4-0 FORT LAUDERDALE - The United States scored three first-half goals and went on to defeat Canada 4-0 on Saturday night, extending its unbeaten streak over the Canadians to 10 matches.
Carlos Bocanegra, Chris Klein and Steve Ralston scored their first national team goals for the Americans, who have not lost to Canada since 1985 and are 5-0-5 in that span.
Clint Mathis scored his 11th career goal, moving up to 10th on the national team's all-time goal scoring list.

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