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Published: Thursday, May 1, 2003 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, May 1, 2003 at 12:15 a.m.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL: Texas' Ford to announce NBA intentions today

  • AUSTIN, Texas - All-American point guard T.J. Ford will announce Thursday whether he's returning to Texas for his junior season or leaving for the NBA.
    In a brief interview Wednesday outside the Longhorns' basketball offices, Ford said he hadn't made up his mind. Asked if he was just unwilling to disclose what he will do, Ford responded, "Find out tomorrow."
    "Right now, I have got 24 (hours) - another day," he told The Associated Press.
    Newspaper and broadcast reports citing anonymous team sources have said Ford planned to enter the June 26 NBA Draft. He's projected as a lottery pick.
    "Whether I want to give up college or not - basically, that's what it boils down to," Ford said.
    Texas coach Rick Barnes did not immediately return phone calls. Ford's family did not return a telephone message left by the AP at their Houston home.
    Ford won the Naismith and Wooden Awards for the country's top college basketball player last season, when he helped Texas reach the Final Four for the first time in 56 years.
    He led Texas in scoring average (15.0), assists (7.0) and steals (2.0). Ford led the nation in assists as a freshman.
  • KAMAN ENTERS DRAFT: Central Michigan center Chris Kaman will skip his senior season for the NBA Draft, the school announced Wednesday.
    Kaman was the Mid-American Conference player of the year and defensive player of the year. He led the nation with 25 double-doubles and averaged 22.4 points, 12 rebounds, 3.2 blocks a game and made 62.2 percent of his shots.

    SFCC BASEBALL: Two Saints make all-conference team

  • Two members of the Santa Fe CC baseball team received All-Mid-Florida Conference recognition, coach Harry Tholen announced Wednesday.
    Catcher Cosme' Caballero made the first team. Caballero hit .308 with four home runs and 21 runs batted in. Pitcher David Riveria (5-4, 2.89 ERA) was named to the second team.

    TENNIS: Venus Williams pulls out of Italian Open

  • ST. PETERSBURG, - Venus Williams withdrew from the Italian Open to avoid playing four straight tournaments before the French Open.
    The clay-court Rome event, part of the Masters series, is scheduled for May 12-18. This marks the second straight year she has pulled out of this important tuneup for the French Open.
    Last year, she withdrew from her first-round match against Anna Kournikova because of a wrist injury, with the stadium already half-full. Venus Williams appeared on court and apologized to the crowd minutes before the match was to begin.
    Williams, ranked No. 3, is playing this week in Poland. She played in the Fed Cup last week and is scheduled to play in the German Open next week.
    "I'm so disappointed to have to withdraw from Rome this year," Williams said Wednesday in a statement released by the WTA . "I've been successful in Rome before, having won in 1999, so I was looking forward to returning to the tournament."

    NASCAR: Bodine headed to Richmond with late deal

  • CONCORD, N.C. - Busch series points leader Todd Bodine secured enough financing Wednesday to race Friday night in Richmond, Va.
    Employer Supporting Guard and Reserves will sponsor the No. 92 Chevrolet for the next four to five events, Bodine said.
    "That buys us some time," he said while testing his Winston Cup car at Lowe's Motor Speedway. "I thought yesterday we couldn't go. Then today this came through and we'll be able to race."
    Bodine has competed all season without a sponsor for Herzog-Jackson Motorsports, partially owned by baseball Hall of Famer Reggie Jackson. Despite the lack of backing, Bodine has a victory and six top-10 finishes in 10 Busch starts.
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