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TCU’s 27-6 spurt sparks win over Lady Rebels

Texas Christian broke open a close game with a 27-6 run over the end of the first half and the beginning of the second half, and held off UNLV for a 79-64 basketball win Tuesday at Fort Worth, Texas.

Freshman Mia Bell led the Lady Rebels (12-16, 5-9 Mountain West Conference) with 13 points, and Erica Helms added 12.

TCU (20-6, 10-3) took over sole possession of first place in the MWC.

Also: The UNLV women’s golf team wrapped up play at the Wildcat Invitational in Tucson, Ariz., finishing 15th in a 16-team field that featured 11 squads ranked in Golfweek’s latest top-25 poll.

Top-ranked Arizona State won the team title with a 36-hole score of 576. The Rebels’ two-round score was 626.

UNLV junior Therese Koelbaek was the highest Rebel finisher, coming in tied for 27th with a two-round score of 151.

Nolan Clark’s one-out single in the 11th inning lifted UNLV to a 5-4 win over Southern Utah at Wilson Stadium.

Richie Jimenez led off the Rebel half of the 11th with a double down the left-field line and moved to third on a sacrifice bunt. Jimenez trotted home when Clark lofted a soft liner to right over a drawn-in Thunderbirds infield.

Matt Hutchison (1-0) picked up the win for the Rebels (2-2). The Thunderbirds dropped to 0-4.

University of Mississippi students voted for the school to pursue a new mascot to replace Colonel Reb, the goateed Southern gent banished from the sidelines nearly seven years ago as the school continued its move away from symbols of the Old South.

The school has more than 18,000 students but only 3,366 votes were cast. The referendum passed with nearly 75 percent of the vote.

Ole Miss will remain the Rebels, but Colonel Reb won’t be back on the field.

Philadelphia University coach Herb Magee has won his 903rd career game, moving past Hall of Famer Bob Knight to become the winningest men’s coach in NCAA history.

Magee, 68, got the record with a 76-65 victory over Goldey-Beacom College. Magee has won all 903 games in a 43-year career with the tiny Division II Rams.

Knight won 902 games and three national championships in a 42-year career with Army, Indiana and Texas Tech.

A Trinity College star squash player has apologized for a confrontation with his opponent after a match that helped the school clinch its 12th consecutive national team title.

Baset Chaudhry screamed in the face of Yale opponent Kenneth Chan immediately after their match Sunday.


Sampras to face Blake; Lendl to play Wilander

Pete Sampras and James Blake have been added to the roster for a tennis exhibition in Atlantic City.

Organizers said that 14-time Grand Slam champion Sampras will play Blake on April 10 in the Caesars Tennis Classic.

Also, Ivan Lendl will face Mats Wilander in a one-set, no-ad scoring match. Andy Roddick will play recently retired Marat Safin in a best-of-3 match, followed by the Sampras-Blake clash.

Also: The 177 horses seized in a raid of an upstate farm near Albany, N.Y., last year were malnourished, a prosecutor said at the start of the trial of the farm’s owner, a prominent thoroughbred horse breeder who was banned from racing.

Ernie Paragallo, the former owner of 1996 Kentucky Derby favorite and fifth-place finisher Unbridled’s Song, was charged with multiple counts of animal cruelty after the April raid.

Paragallo, 52, had started more than 4,500 horses and made more than $20 million in purses at the time of his arrest.

Penske Racing is sporting a different look for the 2010 Indy Racing League season.

The team unveiled its three cars, and they were painted black with white accents and a little red instead of the red and white of the previous two decades.

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