Originally created 07/25/02

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Tennis

Carvalho repeats as hardcourt champ

Joseph Carvalho withstood a second-set rally by Lance Kefalos to defend his title, 6-2, 2-6, 6-2, Wednesday in the Wachovia South Carolina Closed Junior Hardcourt Championships on the South Carolina University campus.

Aiken's Michael Barber made it into the Boys 18 consolation finals before losing to fifth-seeded Jeremy Martin of Fort Mill, S.C., 6-1, 7-5.

In all, six titles were decided. Also winning their divisions were Christopher Lawdahl (Boys 10), Philip Hocker (Boys 12), Caleb Barnes (Boys 14), Wyatt Boylston (Boys 16) and Haley Baird (Girls 14).

Diving

Hodges earns berth in national final

South Carolina's Holly Hodges earned a spot in the three-meter final of the Speedo National Diving Championship Wednesday in Dallas.

Hodges placed fifth in the preliminaries with a score of 490.51 to take a spot in the final round, which is set for 4 p.m. Friday.

Last year Hodges placed ninth at the NCAA Championships on the one-meter board and took second in the three-meter and fifth in the one-meter during the Southeastern Conference Championships.

Lauren King is also competing for the Gamecocks. She placed 24th in the three-meter competition with a score of 219.21.

Both divers are competing in the one-meter competition as well.

Football

Eagles, Freeman may strike deal

Despite insisting they don't need a high-profile receiver, the Philadelphia Eagles are considering signing free agent Antonio Freeman.

"We've had good conversations with the Eagles as we've had with other teams, but nothing is imminent," Freeman's agent Joel Segal told The Associated Press on Wednesday.

The Eagles would not comment on negotiations.

Freeman, 30, was released by the Green Bay Packers in a cost-cutting move on June 3. He was due to earn a base salary of $4.3 million this season and count $5.728 million against the Packers' salary cap in the fourth year of what was a seven-year, $42 million deal signed after the 1998 season.

Green Bay had wanted Freeman to play for about $1 million and incentives this year. But Freeman was upset after the Packers traded for receiver Terry Glenn last winter and said he'd rather play elsewhere than take such a big pay cut.

A former Pro Bowler, Freeman is coming off his least productive season in six years as a starter, with 52 receptions for 818 yards and six touchdowns.

Hockey

ECHL teams will add safety netting

The East Coast Hockey League has joined the NHL is mandating that its teams in-stall safety netting to protect fans.

The ECHL said on Wednes-day that netting must be placed above the glass that borders the corners and end zones of the arenas.

The height and design of the netting configuration may vary, due to structural differences from venue to venue, but must be sufficient to prevent pucks from entering the spectator areas.

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said last month that all 30 NHL arenas must have safety netting "as soon as practicable." He hoped all teams will have it before next season, although some rinks may take longer because the material must be custom-fit for each building.

The NHL has also required its rinks to have glass at least five feet high along the side boards. Many already have glass that high, Bettman said, but in some arenas, the side glass is as low as four feet.

The move was prompted by the death of 13-year-old fan Brittanie Cecil, who died two days after being struck by a puck that deflected into the stands during a Columbus Blue Jackets game on March 16.

Cecil died of internal bleeding from a damaged artery in her neck. She is believed to be the first fan ever killed by a puck at an NHL game.