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No. 7 LSU women beat top-ranked Tennessee

Sylvia Fowles had 17 points and 14 rebounds as No. 7 Louisiana State grabbed the Southeastern Conference lead Thursday with a 78-62 victory over top-ranked Tennessee in Knoxville, Tenn.

Fowles led a balanced attack for the Lady Tigers (21-3, 10-0 SEC). Erica White scored 16 points, Quianna Chaney 14, RaShonta LeBlanc 11 and Ashley Thomas and Allison Hightower 10 each.

The Lady Vols (22-2, 8-1) had a 33-30 halftime lead.

Candace Parker led Tennessee with 26 points and 10 rebounds.

Also: The Indianapolis Star, citing an unidentified person close to the situation, reported on its Web site that Indiana president Michael McRobbie would announce a new investigation into the allegations against coach Kelvin Sampson today, and that athletic director Rick Greenspan would offer a recommendation within days.

Sampson was accused Wednesday of providing false and misleading information to university and NCAA officials about illegal phone calls to recruits.


Florida State teams on self-imposed probation

A football squad with a history of off-field problems will join other Florida State sports teams on self-imposed probation for two years, and some teams will lose scholarships because of an academic cheating scandal.

The university said in a report that about 60 student-athletes also have or will lose some eligibility. Two staff members — a tutor and learning specialist — have been fired.

The cheating occurred mainly through online testing for a single music history course in the fall of 2006 and the spring and summer semesters last year. It included staffers helping students on the test, and in one case asking one athlete to take it for another.

Florida State officials conducted the investigation with assistance from the NCAA, Atlantic Coast Conference and a consulting firm. The report has been sent to the NCAA, which will conduct its investigation and can impose more penalties.

Also: The NCAA rejected Cincinnati quarterback Ben Mauk’s request for another season of eligibility.

Mauk overcame a career-threatening shoulder injury while leading the Bearcats to 10 victories last season, including a 31-21 win over Southern Mississippi in the Papajohns.com Bowl.

He threw for 31 touchdowns and 3,121 yards.

Under NCAA rules, a player has four years of sports eligibility that must be used within a five-year window. Mauk took a redshirt season as a freshman, then missed almost all the 2006 season because of the injury.

Former Southern Illinois coach Jerry Kill sued the school, disputing claims he owes nearly $58,000 for breaking his contract.

Kill coached the Salukis for seven seasons. He resigned in December to coach Northern Illinois less than a week after guiding the Salukis to the semifinals of the Football Championship Subdivision.


Seles, 34, officially retires from pro tennis

Monica Seles officially retired from tennis, five years after she played the last match of a career that included nine Grand Slam singles titles and was interrupted at its height when she was stabbed in the back during a match.

“I have for some time considered a return to professional play, but I have now decided not to pursue that,” Seles said in a statement.

Seles won a total of 53 singles titles and first rose to No. 1 in March 1991. She was 17, at the time the youngest woman to have topped the rankings.

In April 1993, at a tournament in Hamburg, Germany, she was attacked by a man who climbed out of the stands.

Seles, 34, returned to the game 27 months later and immediately reached the 1995 U.S. Open final. Her final Grand Slam title then came at the 1996 Australian Open.

Also: Soccer star Ronaldo arrived in Paris for an operation to repair the ruptured tendon in his left knee, an injury that could end his career.

The three-time FIFA world player of the year was injured in AC Milan’s 1-1 draw with Livorno in the Serie A on Wednesday.

This latest injury occurred two minutes after Ronaldo, 31, entered the game during a play that earned Milan an equalizing penalty. The Brazilian was carried off the field crying.

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