Sports briefs


Published: Friday, January 31, 2003 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, January 30, 2003 at 11:59 p.m.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL: Top-ranked Arizona stunned by Stanford

TUCSON, Ariz. - Matt Lottich scored 23 points, including a crucial 3-pointer with 58 seconds to play, to lift Stanford to an upset of No. 1 Arizona.

The Cardinal (15-5, 6-2 Pac-10) won at McKale Center for the third year in a row and handed the Wildcats' their first Pac-10 loss.

Julius Barnes, who had 14 points and 10 assists but shot just 4-for-21, sank both free throws in a one-and-one situation with 8.5 seconds to play to seal the victory.

Jason Gardner scored 22 and Luke Walton a season-high 20 for the Wildcats (15-2, 7-1), who rallied from a 14-point second-half deficit to take a three-point lead but couldn't hold it.

NO. 5 DUKE 80, BUTLER 60: In Durham, N.C., Dahntay Jones scored 25 points and Shavlik Randolph added a season-high 24 as No. 5 Duke beat Butler for its 23rd straight victory in Cameron Indoor Stadium.

The Blue Devils (14-2) built on their 12-point halftime lead by making eight of their first nine shots to start the second period to cruise to the 20-point win by shooting 53 percent.

HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL: Officials reviewing if James given clothes

CLEVELAND - First it was LeBron James' Hummer. Now, it's his clothes.

Just a few days after James was cleared of any wrongdoing for accepting a sports utility vehicle as a gift, Ohio high school officials are reviewing a report he received complimentary clothing.

Last Saturday, James, the nation's top high school player, was apparently given two free ``throwback'' jerseys worth $845 at a local clothing store. The story was first reported by The Plain Dealer.

Ohio High School Athletic Association bylaws state that an athlete forfeits his or her amateur status by ``capitalizing on athletic fame by receiving money or gifts of monetary value.''

After attending a local high school game last weekend, James and some friends visited the clothing store ``Next,'' where he picked out two jerseys - one of Chicago Bears Hall of Famer Gale Sayers, the other of Washington Bullets center Wes Unseld.

COLLEGE ATHLETICS: South Carolina cleared of three violations

COLUMBIA, S.C. - South Carolina's athletic department reported three rules violations - two involving the baseball team - to the Southeastern Conference in the fall semester and all were found secondary in nature with no further penalty coming from the league or the NCAA.

In one report, a baseball recruit was called twice in the same week by assistant coaches. The other incident occurred when a preapproved dinner the baseball team was to have at the Nebraska home of an alumnus before the College World Series in Omaha was changed to a local country club to accommodate the large group.

SFCC BASKETBALL: No. 18 Saints fall on road to SJRCC

PALATKA - Behind Clarence Ferguson's 29 points, St. Johns River Community College handed Santa Fe CC its first conference loss of the season in overtime Tuesday, 77-70.

The Saints (20-4, 3-1) shot only 35.3 percent from the field and 12.5 percent from three-point range. The Saints, ranked No. 18 in the nation, and were led by Matt Cenatus' 17-point performance.

SFCC will host Seminole CC on Saturday in a Mid-Florida Conference doubleheader with the women tipping at 6 p.m. and the men at 8.

ANNOUNCEMENTS: Volleyball clinic Sunday; UF wrestling club clinic

A volleyball clinic will be held Sunday at the Girls' Club.

The clinic is from 2-4 p.m. and the fee is $10. For more information, call Marcie or Nirelle Hampton at 336-8588.

The University of Florida's club wrestling team is holding a clinic for all ages starting at 7 p.m. Feb. 6 at Santa Fe Community College. Cost is $10. For more information, call coach Wade Adams at 352-665-0551.

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