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