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COLLEGES

UNLV baseball team rallies
for upset over No. 14 Arizona

The UNLV baseball team scored nine runs in the bottom of the seventh inning, erasing a 7-0 deficit to knock off No. 14 Arizona 9-7 on Wednesday at Wilson Stadium.

Cash Thomas’ sacrifice fly got it going for the Rebels (12-3), and one out later, Richie Jimenez hit a two-run single. Hunter Beaty had an RBI single and Cook a two-run single to draw UNLV within 7-6.

Rance Roundy put the Rebels ahead with a two-run double, and he then scored the final run on a Travis Feiner single.

Arizona (10-3) did most of its damage in the fourth and fifth innings, scoring twice in the fourth and four times in the fifth, including a three-run homer from Johnny Field.

Also: Erin Straughter led three UNLV athletes after the first three events of the heptathlon at the Sheila Tarr-Smith Invitational on the Rebels’ home track. Straughter won the 100-meter hurdles and 200 dash and was in second with 2,397 points, behind Kelsea Johnson of Alaska-Anchorage (2,630).

UNLV’s Tayler Van Acker was named Mountain West Conference softball player of the week. Van Acker went 8-for-16 with four RBIs and five runs scored, helping the Rebels go 4-1.

The Nevada Board of Regents is scheduled to consider a two-year contract extension for UNR football coach Chris Ault this week that would push his base pay above the $500,000 mark for the first time in 2013, though it would still rank below the conference average.

Ault led UNR to a 13-1 record and a No. 11 ranking in the final AP poll last season. Ault made $443,039 in base salary in 2010 and will make an estimated $468,000 in base salary in 2011, $493,000 in 2012 and $518,000 in 2013.

Ault’s 2010 base salary ranked fifth in the Western Athletic Conference and was well below the conference average of $555,096. He was the only top-25 coach to make less than $1 million last year. Utah’s Kyle Whittingham was the second-lowest compensated coach, with a base salary of $1,175,000.

Georgia acknowledged breaking NCAA rules in its recruitment of linebacker Ray Drew.

In a letter to the Southeastern Conference, the school said two former football players attended a Jan. 28 news conference in which Drew announced his commitment to Georgia, a violation of five NCAA bylaws relating to illegal contract before signing a letter of intent.

The self-reported violations will likely be considered minor and handled by the conference.

Florida is closing spring football practice for the first time in school history.

First-year coach Will Muschamp made the announcement, saying he wants to minimize distractions with a new staff. The sessions will be off limits to fans and media.

TENNIS

Serena recovering, hoping
to be back on court in summer

Serena Williams still has blood clots in her lung but hopes to return to tennis this summer after recovering from a pulmonary embolism, which she called the “scariest moment in my life.”

The 13-time Grand Slam champion spoke on NBC’s “Today” show from Los Angeles, saying she hasn’t left her house much since going to the hospital nearly three weeks ago.

“I had a lot of swelling in my leg, which really is a telltale sign of an embolism, and I could not breathe,” Williams said.

She said doctors couldn’t find anything in her leg, then ordered a CAT scan of her lungs.

“That’s when they found several blood clots,” Williams said. “They told me that they had to check me in immediately or else … it wasn’t going to be a good result.”

MISCELLANEOUS

NASCAR driver Biffle, pilots
dodge injury in rough landing

NASCAR driver Greg Biffle praised his pilots for successfully landing his plane after a mechanical failure at a Kentucky airport Wednesday.

Biffle said the right main landing gear failed and the wing hit the runway as his plane came to a stop at Blue Grass Airport in Lexington.

“My pilots are purely heroes for maintaining control of the aircraft (and) keeping (it) on the runway,” he posted on his Twitter page. “If not it wouldn’t have been the same outcome.”

Biffle characterized the incident as a “small plane accident.” Roush Fenway Racing officials said earlier that no one was injured in the incident.

Team owner Jack Roush has survived two plane crashes.

Also: Tottenham kept up its impressive debut in the European Champions League by ousting AC Milan in London, while Schalke topped Valencia in Gelsenkirchen, Germany, to reach the quarterfinals.

Tottenham protected its 1-0 first-leg lead over seven-time European champion Milan by holding the Serie A leaders to a 0-0 draw. Schalke came from behind to beat Valencia 3-1 after drawing 1-1 in the first leg in Spain.

Lauren Cheney tied the score in the 43rd minute, and Heather O’Reilly got the go-ahead goal in the 57th, giving the United States women’s soccer team a 4-2 victory over Iceland in Faro, Portugal, for its eighth Algarve Cup title.

The Atlanta Falcons signed general manager Thomas Dimitroff to a new contract. Financial terms and length of the deal were not disclosed.

The U.S. Ski Team announced that Bode Miller, who won a gold, a silver and a bronze medal at last year’s Winter Olympics, cut short his World Cup season for the third consecutive year, raising questions about whether he might retire.

Miller, who has no wins this season, will skip the final two stops.

A Michigan high school basketball team advanced to its district championship by winning a second tournament game since one of its star players collapsed on the court after scoring a winning basket and died.

More than 3,000 people watched Fennville High beat Bangor High 79-50 in Holland, Mich., to advance to the Class C district finals.

Fennville junior Wes Leonard was buried Tuesday after dying of a heart-related issue after a game last week.

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