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Published: Saturday, January 29, 2005 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, January 29, 2005 at 12:49 a.m.

Seminoles win their season opener

  • TALLAHASSEE - Aaron Cheesman drove in two runs and three Florida State pitchers combined on a one-hitter to lead Florida State to a season-opening 2-1 win over Charleston Southern on Friday.
    Mark Sauls and Kevin Lynch held Charleston Southern without a hit until Billy Dalton's one-out double off Lynch (1-0) in the eighth put the tying run in scoring position. Dalton would steal third, but two strikeouts ended the threat.
    Tyler Chambliss threw a perfect ninth to earn the save. Lynch struck out five in 3 1/2 innings for the Seminoles (1-0).
    Brad Bissell (0-1) gave up just two runs in six innings of work for the Buccaneers (0-1).
    Cheesman drove in the game's first run with a ground out in the first, then made it 2-0 with a third-inning RBI single.
    Without getting a hit, Charleston Southern cut the lead to 2-1 in the fifth when Graham Maiden reached on an error, advanced to third on two ground outs and scored on a wild pitch.

    World Series ball finds a home for now

  • BOSTON - The Boston Red Sox reached an agreement Friday with former first baseman Doug Mientkiewicz to display the baseball from the final out of the 2004 World Series while putting off the decision on who owns it.
    The ball will be encased in a special plaque and join the World Series trophy on its victory tour.
    ''Doug was a key part of our stretch run and postseason victories and he won over our fans in a very short period of time,'' Red Sox president Larry Lucchino said.
    ''We thank him for his many contributions and are pleased that our fans will be able to get close to the ball. We wish him the best of luck in the other league in 2005.''
    With two outs in the ninth inning in Game 4, pitcher Keith Foulke fielded a ground ball and tossed it to Mientkiewicz for the final out, ending the team's 86-year-old World Series championship drought.
    Mientkiewicz kept the ball as a souvenir, and when the team asked for it back it touched off a controversy over its ownership. Mientkiewicz was since traded to the New York Mets.

    Curling gets its first doping violation

  • Curling has officially hit the big time in Olympic sports.
    The curlers don't have a fat TV contract yet, and Nike isn't trotting out ads featuring them and their brooms. But seven years after making its debut as a medal sport at the Nagano Olympics, curling has what's become a rite of passage these days: its first doping violation.
    Now put the stones and brooms down, it's not quite what it sounds. Mitchell Marks, a promising young curler, was suspended for two years because he refused to take an out-of-competition drug test in October, an automatic violation.
    But his suspension has caused quite the stir because it's believed to be the first in the sport's history and he's, well, a curler.
    ''I really can't believe it's gotten this much attention,'' Marks said. ''Knowing all the stuff going on now, I probably would take it if they knocked on my door because of all the negative publicity on my name.''

    Harrison hangs on to title after a draw

  • GLASGOW, Scotland - Scott Harrison retained his WBO featherweight title by scoring a draw with Colombian Victor Polo after a sustaining a cut in the first round Friday.
    Considered a strong favorite against an opponent seven years his senior, Harrison had Polo in trouble in the middle of the fight but was continually picked off by the challenger's long-range shots and appeared fortunate to keep his title. His promoters had been lining him up for a fight with WBC super featherweight champion Marco Antonio Barrera, but now that appears a long way off.
    British judge John Coyle scored it 116-113 for Polo, Manuel Oliver of Spain had the fight 115-113 for Harrison and American official Melvina Lathan made it a 114-114.
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