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Published: Friday, January 30, 2004 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, January 29, 2004 at 11:50 p.m.

Pitino returns after two-day medical leave

  • LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Louisville coach Rick Pitino returned and resumed his coaching duties Thursday after a two-day medical leave.

    Pitino, 51, underwent tests at the Cleveland Clinic on Tuesday and Wednesday to determine the cause of a ''urological pain'' that's persisted in his left side for months.

    Assistant coach Kevin Willard substituted for Pitino in the fourth-ranked Cardinals' 64-48 win over Houston on Wednesday night.

    Sports information director Kenny Klein said Pitino would discuss his condition at a news conference today.on Friday afternoon.

    Tallahassee Lincoln coach offering combine

  • Tallahassee Lincoln football coach David Wilson will be hosting a free combine for high school seniors hoping to be seen by college coaches.

    Registration will begin at 8 a.m. on Saturday at Lincoln High School (on Trojan Trail in east Tallahassee, south of Mahan Drive and just north of Apalachee Parkway).

    In its 20th year, the combine - Florida's largest of the sort - invites coaches and recruiters from more than 100 small colleges. Last year, 240 student-athletes from as far away as northern Georgia and Alabama participated, and 20 were offered scholarships from the 12 colleges in attendance.

    For more information, contact Wilson at 850-487-2179, extension 3336.

    -John Patton

    Baseball approves sale of Los Angeles Dodgers

  • LOS ANGELES - Frank McCourt talks a good game. Time will tell if his team plays enough of them.

    The $430 million sale of the Los Angeles Dodgers from News Corp. to McCourt was unanimously approved by baseball owners Thursday, more than 3 months after the sides reached an agreement.

    Under scrutiny over his finances and a target of local criticism, McCourt made some bold promises at a Dodger Stadium news conference.

    ''Welcome to a new era of Dodger baseball,'' he said. ''I intend to restore the glory days of Dodger baseball with a team worthy of support from our fans. We've committed not just to buy this team, but to win a world championship.''

    Verplank's accuracy, putting earn lead

  • SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. - Scott Verplank, never known for distance off the tee, had no problem with the newly lengthened course at the FBR Open.

    Verplank solved the TPC of Scottsdale's puzzles with an 8-under 63 Thursday to lead the former Phoenix Open by one stroke over late-charging Phil Mickelson.

    Mickelson, four days removed from his victory at the Bob Hope, had six of his eight birdies after the turn and carded a 64.

    Verplank breezed through an eight-birdie, mistake-free round on a course many thought favored long hitters.

    Frost delayed the start 20 minutes, and 25 players, including Mike Weir at 6-under after 17 holes, were stranded when play was suspended because of darkness. They will finish today before starting the second round.

  • JOHNNIE WALKER CLASSIC: Denmark's Thomas Bjorn shot an 8-under-par 64 Thursday, giving him a one-stroke lead over Nick Faldo after the first round of the Classic.

    UCF no match for Florida team

  • The third-ranked Florida men's tennis team kept things rolling Thursday night as the Gators defeated Central Florida, 6-1, at the Ring Tennis Complex.

    UF improved to 3-0, while UCF suffered its first loss to fall to 2-1. Florida moved to 8-0 against in-state opponents during the coach Andy Jackson era.

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