Published: Sunday, January 30, 2005 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, January 30, 2005 at 1:34 a.m.

FSU batters, pitchers on fire in 9-2 victory

  • TALLAHASSEE - Gibbs Chapman and Aaron Cheesman drove in two runs and two Florida State pitchers allowed only two hits to lead the Seminoles to a 9-2 win over Charleston Southern on Saturday.
    The Seminoles scored three runs in the bottom of the first to overcome a 2-0 deficit, and Stephen Ochs and Michael Hyde (1-0) shut down Charleston Southern hitters.
    Charleston Southern scored two runs in the first on a wild pitch and an error, both by Hyde.
    Cheesman drove in a run with a double in the first, and then scored when Bryan Henry was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded. Jack Rye then drove in a run on a sacrifice fly.
    Cheesman brought another runner home with a sacrifice fly in the second. Ryne Malone bunted in a run and Brant Peacher singled in another.

    Slutskaya takes a clumsy step into history

  • TURIN, Italy - Irina Slutskaya joined the elite company of Katarina Witt and Sonja Henie by winning a sixth title at the European championships. She did not, however, soar into the record book.
    The Russian bungled the first three jumps during Saturday's final, then tumbled to the ice doing a triple lutz. Her footwork looked sluggish, and at times she almost seemed to be in slow motion as she skated to jazzy piano tunes.
    Only a day earlier, she was sublime in the short program, gliding effortlessly and getting extra marks for every single jump.
    ''That's sport,'' Slutskaya said. ''I'm not a robot. You can't always skate great. It's not just black and white.''

    Holmes wins first race since Olympic victories

  • GLASGOW, Scotland - England's Kelly Holmes easily won a 1,500-meter race at an indoor meet Saturday, her first competition since her two gold medals at the Athens Olympics.
    Holmes, who was named sports personality of the year by the BBC, has spent the four months since Athens in a whirl of publicity. Her appearance on the track was met with loud cheers from the capacity crowd of 3,800 at Kelvin Hall and Holmes didn't disappoint.
    Waiting until the sixth lap to move to the front, Holmes won in four minutes, 14.74 seconds, beating Hind Dehiba of France and Russian Svetlana Cherkasova, who set the world's best time of 4:11.18 a week earlier.
    ''It's nice to get the first race out of the way,'' Holmes said.

    Saints bounce back with win over St. Johns

  • The Santa Fe CC men's basketball team came back from its first loss of the season to defeat St. Johns River CC 92-70 on Saturday.
    Kevin Green led the way for the No. 1 Saints (21-1, 3-1 Mid-Florida Conference) with 20 points. St. Johns falls to 5-18, 1-3.
    In baseball, South Florida CC took advantage of a couple of walks and a balk to push across two runs in the fourth and followed with two more in the fifth, enough to top Santa Fe CC 4-2.
    The Saints (0-1) banged out 10 hits, but hit into a pair of double plays and left the tying runs on base in the ninth as South Florida evened its record at 1-1.

    Florida breds dominate in Sunshine Millions

  • Musique Toujours held off Zakocity at the wire to win the $1 million Classic, capping a day of longshot winners as Florida-bred horses dominated their California counterparts in the annual Sunshine Millions.
    The event includes races in Florida and California.
    Musique Toujours, a 70-1 shot ridden by Jorge Chavez, led all the way and won by a neck in the richest of the eight races - four each at Gulfstream Park and Santa Anita.
    Musique Toujours paid $142.20 to win in the Classic at Florida's Gulfstream Park, while Zakocity went off at 25-1.
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