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St. Petersburg Times Sunday, April 8, 2007 11C 1 'J$ colleges.tampabay.com for more colleges news Colleges &4 M' 1 Antes Reutimann runs second to Edwards Associated Press GLADEVILLE, Tenn. - Carl Edwards raced to his second consecutive NASCAR Busch Series victory, easily winning the Pepsi 300 in chilly conditions Saturday at Nashville Superspeedway. He beat David Reutimann of Zephyrhills by 4.7 seconds. Dave Blaney was third. The cars are usually 40-50 degrees warmer than outside so it was a great day to be a race car driver as far as comfort," Edwards said of a day where temperatures dipped into the 30s. Edwards padded his series lead to 321 points over Blaney. "That guy's tough anywhere," Reutimann said. "We could race golf carts out here and he'd be tough. He's a great guy and has a great team. Unless something breaks "or he gets run over or something, that's the guy." CHAMP CAR: Will Power took the pole for today's Vegas Grand Prix in Las Vegas, while Sebastien Bourdais finds himself in an unfamiliar position: 16th. Power covered the 2.4-mile street circuit in 1 minute, 17.69 seconds, an average of 113.154 mph. Bourdais, a St Petersburg resident and the three-time defending series champ, crashed on his second lap of qualifying and is starting second-to-last FORMULA ONE: Felipe Massa of Ferrari earned the pole for the Malaysian Grand Prix. The race was not over at presstime; check sptimes.com for a result. ENGE SURGERY: After surgery on his broken left elbow, doctors said Tomas Enge, injured in an American Le Mans Series crash March 30 in St. Petersburg, will recover fully. The surgery was performed at Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis Enge is expected to be discharged by Monday. Nextel Cup up next Samsung 500, 2 p.m. Sunday, Texas Motor Speedway, Fort Worth. TV: Ch. 13. Results BUSCH PEPSI 300 AT GLADEVILLE, TENN. SATURDAY'S RESULTS Lap length: 1.33 miles; starting position In parentheses: I (8) Carl Edwards, Ford, 225, $53,650. 2. (5) David Reutimann, Toyota, 225, $48,548. 3. (15) Dave Blaney, Toyota, 225, $38,623. 4. (11) Jason Leffler, Toyota, 225, (29,648. 5. (16) Regan Smith, Chevrolet, 225, $26,248. 6. (12) Shane Huffman, Chevrolet, 225, $25,773. 7. (14) Scott Wimmer, Chevrolet, 225, $27,498. 8. (7) Stephen Leicht, Ford, 225, $23,398. 9. (9) Bobby Hamilton Jr., Ford, 225, $21,023. 10. (3) Mike Bliss, Dodge, 225, $18,050. U. (1) David Stremme, Dodge, 225, $18,150. 12. (32) J.J. Yeley, Chevrolet, 225, $15,375. 13. (10) Todd Kluever, Ford, 225, $26,398. 14. (22) Steve Wallace, Dodge, 225, $20,448. 15. (33) Brad Colenv.,, Chevrolet, 224, $16,825. 16. (24) Jon Wood, Ford, 224, $19,868. 17. (2) Marcos Ambrose, Ford, 224, $19,043. 18. (28) Kevin Hamlin, Dodge, 223, $21,750. 19. (18) Ark Almirola, Chevrolet, 222, $21,675. 20. (34) Brent Sherman, Chevrolet, 222, $19,793. 21 (30) Kyle Krisiloff, Ford, 221, $16,743. 22. (37) Brett Rowe, Ford, 219, $14,015. 23. (31) Danny 0'Quinn Jr., Chevy, 219, $14,355. 24. (36) Justin Diercks, Chevrolet, 219, $13,945. 25. (13) Sam Hornish Jr., Dodge, 218, $15,900. 26. (39) Eric McClure, Chevrolet, 217, $14,005. 27. (29) Cale Gale, Chevy, Engine, 204, $21,310. 28. (35) Jay Sauter, Chevrolet, 204, $15,775. 29. (20) Boris Said, Dodge, 199, $21,240. 30. (25) Mike Wallace, Chevrolet, 196, $18,848. 31. (40) R. Richardson Jr., Chevy, 191, $15,670. 32: (19) Timothy Peters, Chevrolet, 167, $21,125. 33. (17) Jason Keller, Ford, Ace, 133, $15,585. 34. (23) Richard Johns, Ford, Ace, 131, $13,565. 35'. (4) Johnny Sauter, Ford, Ace, 126, $13,545. 36. (6) David Ragan, Ford, Accident, 92, $13,525. 37. (26) Kertus Davis, Chevy, Ace, 91, $15,505. 38. (27) B. Keselowski, Chevy, Eng., 26, $13,485. 39. (41) Brad Teague, Ford, Engine, 24, $13,455. 40. (43) Mike Harmon, Chevy, Elee, 20, $13,400. 41. (42) J. Johnson, Chevy, Elee, 10, $13,375. 42. (38) M. Shepherd, Chevy, Hnd, 8, $13,355. 43. (21) Ruben Pardo, Dodge, Vibr, 4, $13,285. Race statistics Average speed of race winner 128.051 mph. Time of Race: 2 hours, 20 minutes, 32 seconds. Margin of victory; 4.673 Seconds. Caution flags 6 for 24 laps. Lead changes 17 among 9 drivers. Lap leaders D. Stremme 1-20; D. Reutimann 21-50; S. Wimmer 51-63; J. Leffler 64; S. Huffman 65; R. Smith 66; D. Ragan 67-68; S. Wimmer 69-78; J. Leffler 79-81 0. Reutimann 83-87; S. Wimmer 88; T. Kluever 89-91; S. Huffman 92-118; C. Edwards 119-128; J. Leffler 129-143; C. Edwards 144-182; J. leffler 183-200; C. Edwards 201-225. Top 10 in points Edwards, 1,200; Blaney, 879; Harvick, 808; Reutimann, 757; Kyle Busch, 757; Ambrose, 754; Hamilton Jr., 738; Huffman, 703; Wallace, 696; Smith 69L Lineups CHAMP CAR VEGAS GP AT LAS VEGAS SATURDAY'S QUALIFYING RESULTS All cars are CosmrthDPOlBridgestone; Hlaimed the outside pole in Friday qualifying I (5) Will Power, 1:17.629113.154. 2. (3) Paul Tracy-x, 1:19.625110.317. 3. (14) Robert Doornbos, 118.515111.877. 4. (8) Alex Tagliani, 118.850111.401. 5. (15) Simon Pagenaud, 1:18.961111.245. " 6. (19) Bruno Junqueira, 1:19.102111.046. 7. (7) Mario Dominguez, 1:19.156110.971. 8. (9) Justin Wilson, 1:19.269110.813. 9. (21) Neel Jani, 1:19.360110.685. 10. (2) Graham Rahal, 1:19.710110.199. 11. (22) T. Gommendy, 1:19.784110.097. 12. (4) Dan Clarke, L19.814110.056. 13. (11) Katherine Legge, 1:20.104109.657. 14. (42) Matt Halliday, 1:20.122109.633. 15. (28) Ryan Dalziel, 1:20.128109.625. 16. (1) Sebastien Bourdais, 1:20.197109.530. 17. (29) Alex Figge, 1:20.313109.372. F1 MALAYSIAN GP AT SEPANG, MALAYSIA SATURDAY'S QUALIFYING RESULTS Lap Length: 3.444-miles 1 Felipe Massa, Brazil, Ferrari, 1:35.043, 209.955 kph (130.460 mph) 2. Fernando Aionso, Spain, McLaren-Mercedes, 1:35.310. 3. Kimi Raikkonen, Finland, Ferrari, 1:35.479. 4. Lewis Hamilton, Britain, McLaren-Mercedes, 5. Nick Heidfeld, Germany, BMW-Sauber, 1:36.543. 6. Nico Rosberg, Germany, Williams, 1:36.829. 7. Robert Kubica, Poland, BMW-Sauber, 1:36.896. 8. Jarno Trulli, Italy, Toyota, 1:36.902. 9. Ralf Schumacher, Germany, Toyota, 1:37.078. 10. Mark Webber, Australia, Red Bull, 1:37.345. Eliminated after second 15-minute session 11. Heikki Kovalainen, Finland, Renault, 1:35.630. 12. Giancarlo Fisichella, Italy, Renault, 1:35.706. 13 David Coulthard, Britain, Red Bull, 1:35.766. , 14. Takuma Sato, Japan, Super Aguri, 1:35.945. 15. Jenson Button, Britain, Honda, 1:36.088. D 16. Vitantonio Liuzzi, Italy, Toro Rosso, 1:36.145. D Eliminated after first 15-minute session 17. Scott Speed, United States, Toro Rosso, 1:36.578. 18. Anthony Davidson, Britian, Super Aguri, 1:36.816. 19. Rubens Bar ric hello, Brazil, Honda, 1:36.827. 20. Alexander Wurz, Austria, Williams, 1:37.326. 21. Christijan Albers, Netherlands, Spyker, 1:38.279. 22. Adrian Sutil, Germany, Spyker, 1:38.415. ''''''$J .id Associated Press Daniel Vukovic, left, and Jeff Lerg celebrate after helping Michigan State earn its first hockey championship since 1986. Spartans win title in final seconds Compiled from Times wires ST. LOUIS - Beating the odds again, Michigan State won its first NCAA hockey championship in 21 years. Justin Abdelkader snapped a tie with 18.9 seconds to go, seconds after ringing a shot off the post in the Spartans' 3-1 victory over Boston College on Saturday night "We know we're not fancy and we know we're not picked by anybody to win anything," Michigan State coach Rick Corn-ley said. "But you know what? What a great, great group of kids. They've wanted so badly to walk around with their heads high, and now they're going home with a national championship." Jeff Lerg made 29 saves, and Chris Mueller added an empty-net goal with L2 seconds left to clinch it for the Spartans ' (26-13-3), a lightly regarded No. 3 seed in the Midwest Region when the tournament began. Tim Kennedy tied it midway through the third period, and set up the go-ahead goal from behind the net when he spun off his man and passed the puck in front Abdelkader, the MVP of the finals, beat Cory Schneider for his 15 th goal and first in nine games. Brian Boyle scored in the second period for Boston College (29-11-2), which had won 13 in a row. Basketball LOS ANGELES - Texas' Kevin Durant completed a sweep of the top six national player of the year honors by becoming the first freshman to win the Wooden Award. Candace Parker, the 6-foot-4 sophomore who led Tennessee to its seventh NCAA title, won the women's award. Durant, who averaged 25.8 . points and 11.1 rebounds, previously won the Naismith, Associated Press, Adolph Rupp, NABC and Oscar Robertson awards. "I'm just honored to be here," he said. "I wish my teammates could be here to share this with me." Among more than 1,000 vot ers, Durant got 4,351 points, followed by Ohio State's Greg Oden (2,858) and Wisconsin's Alando Tucker (2,779). Florida's Joakim Noah (1,741) was seventh. Parker got 224 points in the balloting of more than 200 voters and was followed by Duke's Lindsey Harding (181) and Oklahoma's Courtney Paris (169). KANSAS ST.: Michael Beasley, MVP of the McDonald's Ail-American game, will honor his letter of intent, CBS SportsLine.com reported. Questions arose when coach Bob Huggins left for West Virginia. LONG BEACH ST.: Dan Monson, who resigned at Minnesota in November after a 2-5 start, was hired as coach. He also previously coached Gonzaga. Baseball FLORIDA 9, S.C. 8: Cody Neer's three-run homer in the ninth lifted the host Gators. Brian Leclerc, a graduate of Northside Christian in St Petersburg, hit a grand slam in the eighth to pull vis. x-w-r 751 Texas' Kevin Durant and Tennessee's Candace Parker earned the Wooden Award as the nation's top players. the Gators (20-14, 8-3 SEC) to 8-6. With two outs and two on in the ninth, Neer sent a l-and-2 pitch to center. Steven Reinhold appeared to make the catch, but his momentum knocked the ball out of his glove and over the fence. WEST VA. 16, USF S: The visiting Mountaineers scored nine in the second against the Bulls (25-10, 8- 4 Big East). N.C. STATE 8, FLORIDA ST. 6: Andrew Brackman struck out three for the host Wolfpack, who scored six in the third. Tony Thomas had three hits and three RBIs for the Seminoles (30-4, 9- 2 ACC), ranked No. 2 in the BaseboIlAmerka poll. TAMPA 19-11, NOVA SE 7-0: Kevin Ferguson went six innings to cap the sweep for the visiting Spartans. Roberto Mena's grand slam in the fourth tied Game 1 at 6, and Ryan Kennedy's three-run shot in the fifth put Tampa (32-6, 10- 2 Sunshine State) ahead. ECRERD 12-13, PALM BEACH ATLANTIC ll-O: Joe Sinicola allowed five hits in seven innings to cap a sweep for the host Tritons (15-18). Matt Abraham's homer in the 10th won Game 1. Softball FSU 8-L GA. TECH 0-9: Veronica Wootson's two homers gave her a school-record 26 and lifted the visiting Seminoles (28-18, 6-5 ACC) in Game 1. Whitney Humphreys allowed two hits in six innings of Game 2 for Tech. LOUISVILLE 3-5, USF 2-4: The visiting Cardinals scored three in the second to cap a sweep. The Bulls (31-19, 3-3 Big East) allowed a run in the seventh and two in the ninth of Game 1. ARKANSAS L FLORIDA O: Whitney Cloer's single in the sixth beat the host Gators (32-17, 8-9 SEC). TAMPA 9-11, LYNN 7-8: The visiting Spartans (27-13, 12-3) took a 9-0 lead and held on to cap a sweep. Samantha Becker and Devlin Dougherty homered in the ninth of Game L ECKERD 3-0, BARRY 2-10: Amy McGatheys seventh-inning double gave the visiting Tritons (16-30, 2-16) Game 1. Barry scored seven in the second of Game 2. Other sports TENNIS: Visiting FSlFs women (12-6, 5-4) beat Duke 4-3, their first win over the Blue Devils since 1983, on wins by Nicola Slater, Lauren Macfarlane, Car-olin Walter and Jessica Wente. GOLF: Eorida's women shot 6-over 294, seven better than the second-best team, for a one-shot lead over Duke and Purdue at the Bryan National Collegiate in Browns Summit N.C. The final round is today. Football QBs still adjusting to new UM system Neither grabs Shannon's eye in spring game. BY MICHAEL SNYDER Times Correspondent MIAMI Perhaps new coach Randy Shannon was right after all Maybe when it comes to who will start at quarterback for Miami in 2007, the less said the better. It sure looked that way on Saturday at the Orange Bowl as Kyle Wright and Kirby Freeman did nothing to make fans think the offensive problems of the past have been overcome. Wright, a senior who started last season until breaking his thumb and missing the last four games, threw a 5-yard touchdown to Sam Shields as the Orange defeated the White 7-0 in front of about 7,000 in the CanesFest Spring Game. For his part, Shannon said he wasn't surprised or disappointed in the paltry production from both offensive teams. "No, not at all," he said. "When you split teams up like that you're only going to have about one or two touchdowns. Those guys got to jell who've never worked together." The quarterbacks are under a gag order until fall. Shannon, who won't announce his starters until the Tuesday before the Sept 1 opener against Marshall, didn't tip his hand either. "Don't know' was his answer when asked about his quarterbacks. "They did okay. There were no 300- or 400-yard passing days, things like that But if you get a quarterback who can win games you're okay, and that's what we're going to develop." Wright was 7-for-14 for 60 yards, and Freeman, a junior, was 8-for-19 for 117 yards. Walk-ons Jorge Fernandez and Matt Perrelli also played. Just before the' half, Wright completed a short pass to Shields, who sidestepped a pair of defensive backs en route to USF scrimmage reveals BY MIKE CAMUNAS Times Correspondent TAMPA - With just a week left until USF's spring game, new offensive coordinator Greg Gregory has been satisfied with the work done during practice, but he knows his offense is still far from ready. "We're nowhere where we have to be to win the Big East" said Gregory, who was promoted after former offensive coordinator Rod Smith left for West Virginia. 'This is the time where we shake a little bit of the rust off you gathered in the winter. "I'm not displeased with what we've done, but I'm not totally pleased either." Gregory saw his first-team offense sputter on the opening drive during Saturday's scrimmage. Quarterback Matt Grothe SELECT-A-SEAT! HIM , A I C. 2007 Home Schedule: -71 Elon North Carolina West Virginia UCF Cincinnati Louisville Season Tickets5 -$129 I ' i 323008 01 a 24-yard gain. Wright then tossed a fade to the left corner of the end zone and Shields grabbed the ball in front of junior Randy Phillips. "It was a fade route, and I just concentrated on the ball and went up and got it," the sophomore from Sarasota said. "I thought there would be more than (just one touchdown), was very surprised. But our defense had some good plays." Going against defensive units that combined to rank seventh in Division I-A last season, the offenses often looked inept. "The defense has always been flying around, trying to take somebody's head off," said sophomore receiver Khalil Jones, who played for the White squad. 'Tfou saw it today. It's always been like that (here), and it will continue." Junior defensive end Calais Campbell had three of the eight sacks tallied in the game. The White offense was hampered when it lost tailback Javarris James in the third quarter to what Shannon termed a sprained right ankle. Freeman had two chances to tie the score in the second half, but he was intercepted by sophomore Chavez Grant on the first and threw incomplete on fourth and 2 with just under 25 seconds to play. Despite not showing much, Jones said the offense under new coordinator Patrick Nix will be high-flying. "It's much more uptempo, much more complex," Jones said. The receivers and everybody on the field, at any moment everyone's open. So anyone can catch a ball at any given time rather than setting it on one specific player. The quarterback has a lot of things that he can do at any time. We're going to light it up this year." went 2-for-4 passing for 18 yards and running back Ben Williams had three rushes for 13 yards during the series. The drive ended with a 57-yard field goal by kicker Delbert Alvarado. On a later drive, Grothe was picked off by senior cornerback Mike Jenkins, who returned it for a touchdown. Gregory said facing a defense such as the Bulls' will be beneficial. TIMEOUT FOR T.O.: Toward the end of practice, backup quarterback Grant Gregory threw a 5-yard touchdown to receiver Amp Hill. Hill, in celebration, pulled a Sharpie out of his sock and re-enacted receiver Terrell Owens' famous autographing of a football after a touchdown. Though coach Jim Leavitt declined to comment, Hill's punishment was to sit out the m H"' ' iW.u.g m..r & As, imi - v- v.. v -R - r J!l Lz-j ifj; . ; i Other spring games Florida: 1 p.m. Saturday, Ben Hill Griffin Stadium, Gainesville. Florida State: 2 p.m. Saturday, Doak Campbell Stadium, Tallahassee. USF: 7 p.m. Saturday, Raymond James Stadium, Tampa. Miami depth chart Heading into fall practice: OFFENSE Pos. Player Yr. WR Lance Leggett Sr. Khalil Jones Jr. LT R.Youngblood Jr. Chris Rutledge Jr. LG Andrew Bain Sr. Chris Barney So. C AJ. Trump So. John Rochford Sr. RG Derrick Morse Sr. MattPipho So. RT Jason Fox So. CyrimWimbs Sr. TE Chris Zellner Jr. DajLeon Farr Jr. WR Darnell Jenkins Sr. Sam Shields So. QB Kyle Wright Sr. Kirby Freeman Jr. RB Javarris James So. Charlie Jones Sr. FB JerrellMabry So. James Bryant Sr. K MattBosher Fr. DEFENSE Pos. Player Yr. LE EricMoncur Jr. Courtney Harris So. LT Antonio Dixon . Jr. D.Hendricks Jr. RT Ter'azMcCray Sr. Richard Gordon So. RE Calais Campbell Jr. Vegas Franklin Sr. OLB TavaresGooden Sr. Romeo Davis Sr. MLB Colin McCarthy So. Darryl Sharpton So. OLB Darryl Sharpton So. Glenn Cook Sr. LCB Glenn Sharpe Sr. Carlos Armour Jr. RCB Randy Phillips Jr. Bruce Johnson Jr. SS Kenny Phillips Jr. Anthony Reddick Jr. FS Lovon Ponder . Jr. Willie Cooper Sr. P Daren Daly jr. work ahead rest of the session. BULL BITS: Receiver Amarri Jackson missed the scrimmage with a bruised shoulder, and Leavitt said he would return to practice this week. ELSEWHERE: The first game between Navy and Pitt since 1989 was moved from Oct. 13 to Oct. 10 (a Wednesday) so it can air on ESPN. ... Former Michigan State player Hubert D. Thompson, charged with murder for allegedly throwing a neighbor to his death from a third-floor apartment balcony in suburban Chicago, says he thought James Malone, 66, was trying to poison him. Friends and family said Thompson suffers from mental illness. Information from the Associated ' Press contributed to this report. nv-m V .' ' 'l IJ I. II n A i nil i i t n

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