Thunder attack too much for Spartans

In Daytona Beach, Fla., the Augusta Spartans fell to 2-2 in the World Indoor Football League after losing to the Daytona Beach Thunder 42-26.



Serena overcomes slow start for title

In Key Biscayne, Fla., Serena Williams overcame a dismal start and erased two championship points in the second set Saturday to win the Sony Ericsson Open, beating top-ranked Justine Henin 0-6, 7-5, 6-3.

The comeback was nothing new for Williams, who revived her career by winning the Australian Open in January for her eighth Grand Slam title. Once ranked No. 1, she fell to 140th last July because of long layoffs but will climb back to 11th next week.

Williams captured her fourth Key Biscayne title with the win.

The match was 39 minutes old before Williams won a game, and Henin was twice one point from the title serving at 5-4 in the second set.


British to look into slain coach's death

Four British police officers led by a senior murder expert will help Jamaican authorities investigate the mysterious death of Pakistan's cricket coach after his team's shocking loss in the World Cup, Scotland Yard said.

Bob Woolmer, 58, was found unconscious in his Kingston, Jamaica, hotel room March 18 and pronounced dead at a hospital, the morning after his team's defeat to Ireland. Police have blamed the death on strangulation and requested help in their inquiry from British officers.


LaPorta home runs lead Gators in rout

In Athens, Ga., Matt LaPorta hit two home runs and had three RBI lead Florida to a 9-1 win over Georgia (10-16, 3-5 Southeastern Conference).

The Gators (17-13, 6-2 SEC) took a 4-0 lead in the third inning, highlighted by LaPorta's two-run homer. It was the fifth consecutive game he had a home run - a school record.

- In Atlanta, Patrick Long and Tony Plagman had four RBI apiece to lead Georgia Tech (18-11, 7-4 Atlantic Coast Conference) over Maryland 16-6.

- Augusta Sate (22-11, 8-6 Peach Belt Conference) split a pair with North Georgia at Jaguar Field.

The Jaguars fell in the opener 5-2, then they won 7-4.

- In Columbia, Justin Smoak had one hit to extend his hitting streak to nine games, but South Carolina (22-6, 4-4 SEC) was routed 12-1 by No. 3 Vanderbilt.

- In Aiken, the USC Aiken softball team (28-17, 7-9 PBC) swept UNC Pembroke at J.H. Satcher Field.

Sophomore catcher Jessica Strickland broke the school's single-season RBI record with a home run and 4 RBI in the Lady Pacers' 11-2 win in game one. They won the nightcap 3-1.

- In Starkville, Miss., the South Carolina Lady Gamecocks (25-11, 3-6 SEC) lost its sixth conference game in a row, falling to Mississippi State 2-1.


Miller ties record with ninth U.S. title

In Girdwood, Alaska, Bode Miller tied the men's record for most national titles with the ninth of his career, winning the super-G at the U.S. Alpine Championships.

Miller's ninth title ties him with Dick Durrance and Tiger Shaw for the most in the U.S. championships


Phelps wins gold in butterfly, ties mark

In Melbourne, Australia, Michael Phelps stayed on track for a record gold-medal haul at the world championships, edging out American teammate Ian Crocker by 0.05 seconds to win the 100-meter butterfly.

Phelps is 6-for-6 with two races remaining. His latest gold tied Australian Ian Thorpe's record from the 2001 worlds in Japan.

Phelps failed to set a world record for the first time in five nights, but it was another dominating night for the United States.

The Americans won four of the six finals, including 1-2 finishes in the men's 100 fly and men's 50 freestyle. They have a leading 31 medals, including 17 gold with one night remaining. Australia is second with 17 medals and seven golds.



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