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Published: Sunday, January 26, 2003 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, January 26, 2003 at 12:55 a.m.

UF ATHLETICS: Women track and field finishes second

LEXINGTON, Ky. - Behind wins from the 4x400 relay team and Erin Gilreath in the weight throw with an automatic qualifying mark, the Florida women's track team finished second with 127 points Saturday at the SEC Challenge. The UF men also recorded two individual victories - Matt Vincent in the high jump and Alex Harris in the triple jump - in finishing fifth with 93.50 points.

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Kitkatska, a 20-year-old female walrus, grabs a football at SeaWorld San Diego's Wild Arctic attraction Friday. In anticipation of today's Super Bowl, animal handlers trained the walrus to "suction" a football. After seizing the football, the walrus tosses it skyward.

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South Carolina won the women's competition with 170 points, while Tennessee won the men's meet with 137.50 points.

  • SWIM AND DIVE TEAMS: The Florida men's and women's swimming and diving teams split their dual meet at Alabama on Saturday night. The No. 2 women's team bounced back from a tough loss to Auburn on Friday night to beat the Crimson Tide 129-112. The No. 6 men lost their second meet in as many days, falling to Alabama 128.5-108.5.

    The women improved to 10-1 overall and 4-1 in the SEC. The men slipped to 7-3, 3-2.

    COLLEGE FOOTBALL: Team USA wins Gridiron Classic

    ORLANDO - Cincinnati's Jonathan Ruffin kicked a Gridiron Classic-record 49-yard field goal with 13 seconds left Saturday to give Team USA a 20-17 win over Team Florida.

  • COACH STEPS DOWN: The Miami of Ohio coach charged with knocking down a Marshall fan after a game last season has resigned, the school said Saturday.

    Defensive coordinator Jon Wauford pleaded innocent last month in a Huntington, W.Va., court to a misdemeanor battery charge that he knocked down the fan after Marshall's last-second, 36-34 win over Miami on Nov. 12.

    HORSE RACING: Best of the Rest leads Florida sweep

    HALLANDALE BEACH - Best of the Rest came from behind Saturday to lead a sweep by Florida thoroughbreds on their home track.

    An 8-year-old gelding who has overcome four knee operations, favorite Best of the Rest passed Booklet in the final furlongs and won the $1 million Sunshine Millions Classic by a half-length at Gulfstream Park.

    The purse was the day's most lucrative in the inaugural $3.6 million Sunshine Millions, an event limited to horses bred in Florida and California in four races at Gulfstream and four at Santa Anita in Arcadia, Calif.

    Florida won the series with 56 points to California's 16. Five points were awarded for first place, three for second and one for third.

    Florida-breds who are based in California also took the other three Gulfstream races. Madame Pietra won the $250,000 Padua Stables Filly & Mare Sprint, Valid Video was first in the $250,000 Ocala Stud Dash, and Stay Forever won the $350,000 Franks Farm Filly & Mare Turf.

    At Santa Anita, Florida-breds won three of the four Sunshine Millions races. Jockey Jerry Bailey, who took off Best of the Rest, had his decision rewarded when he rode Smok'n Frolic to victory in the Vessels Stallion Farm Distaff.

    GOLF: Frazar holds lead for third straight round

    SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. - Harrison Frazar separated himself from his challengers with a birdie on the 17th hole Saturday, and took a one-stroke lead into the final round of the Phoenix Open.

    Frazar weathered a dry spell on the back nine that dropped him into a four-way tie at one point. But none of his nearest pursuers could match him down the stretch.

    SFCC BASKETBALL: Saints hold on for narrow win

    The 19th-ranked Santa Fe Community College men's basketball team held off Daytona Beach's rally Saturday to preserve a 70-66 win.

    Brian Greene led the Saints (20-3, 3-0) with 18 points and 10 rebounds. Alonzo Hird added 16 points and 11 rebounds.

    The SFCC women's team fell to No. 7 Daytona Beach CC 95-58. Laquana Ayers led the Saints (8-12, 1-2) with 20 points and Rose Abreu added 18.

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