Originally created 03/30/03

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Baseball

Big ninth inning gets Pacers win

Ashley Farr went 3-for-5 with a double, a triple and two RBI as the USC Aiken Pacers scored four runs in the top of the ninth to defeat Armstrong Atlantic State on Saturday.

The Pacers' (21-17) Mike Pomaville got the win and combined with starter Bradley Key on a three-hitter.

Clint Keown also went 3-for-5 for USC Aiken as the team pounded out 14 hits.

Pro basketball

Mutombo activated after long absence

Center Dikembe Mutombo was activated by the New Jersey Nets on Saturday after missing 56 games with torn ligaments in his right wrist.

Mutombo has not played since being hurt in the third quarter against the Los Angeles Clippers on Nov. 28, when he was hit on the wrist by Eric Piatkowski. The eight-time AllStar had surgery on Dec. 5.

The 36-year-old averaged 7.3 points, 7.1 rebounds and 2.0 blocks in 16 games.

The Nets acquired Mutombo in the offseason in a multiplayer deal that sent Keith Van Horn to the Philadelphia 76ers.

Soccer

Keller gives U.S. shutout victory

Jovan Kirovski and Landon Donovan scored, and Kasey Keller delivered a shutout during a homecoming to Washington as the United States beat Venezuela 2-0 Saturday in an exhibition game.

Keller, from nearby Olympia, made only two saves but didn't need to be spectacular as he improved to 14-0-4 in his last 18 home games for the national team. He was among six Americans seeing their first international action since the 1-0 quarterfinal loss to Germany at last year's World Cup.

It was even an longer break for Kirovski, who hadn't played since a 4-2 loss at Germany last March. The layoff showed during a listless first half for both sides, with many U.S. centering passes too high or off the mark.

The United States (3-1 this year) went ahead in the 52nd minute when Kirovski knocked the ball into the left side of the goal after a flurry when the defense disappeared.

Brian McBride sent a shot off a post and the rebound went to Carlos Bocanegra, whose shot went off the crossbar and went to Kirovski. It was the first goal against the improving Venezuelans in four games since a 2-0 loss to Morocco on March 3, 2002.

Donovan, who replaced Kirovski in the 60th minute, put the Americans ahead 2-0 in the 76th minute with a spectacular goal. He took a pass from John O'Brien and sprinted up the left side, beating two defenders and drawing out goalkeeper Gilberto Angelucci.

With McBride open in front of the net, Donovan slotted the ball with his right foot and it went in just inside the far post for his eighth goal in 33 international appearances.

College basketball

Northeastern State captures first title

Shon Robinson scored 26 points and Darnell Hinson add-ed 19 to lead Northeastern State of Oklahoma to the NCAA Division II champion-ship Saturday with a 75-64 vic-tory over Kentucky Wesleyan.

Northeastern State (32-3) opened the second half with a flurry of 3-pointers that turned a tie game into a 52-44 lead.

The Redmen were 2-of-9 from 3-point range in the first half, but behind Robinson and Hinson, the team's first eight field goals after halftime were 3-pointers.

Northeastern State was 9-of-14 from 3-point range in the second half. In the final three games of the tournament, the Redmen made 33-of-63 3-pointers.

Northeastern State, located in Tahlequah, Okla., had never been past the regional semifinals until this year.

Kentucky Wesleyan (31-4) was appearing in its sixth straight Division II title game, and its 13th overall. The Panthers have won eight national titles, including two in the past six years.