Originally created 01/12/04



Clemson's Bowden finalist for Bryant

Clemson coach Tommy Bowden is one of nine finalists for the 2003 Bear Bryant Award, presented each year to the national coach of the year by the American Heart Association of Houston.

The award is voted on by a national board of sportscasters and sportswriters, and the winner will be announced Thursday in Houston.

Bowden led the Tigers to a 9-4 record and a No. 22 final ranking in the Associated Press and ESPN/USA Today coaches polls. The Tigers won their last four games by a combined 108 points, including victories over No. 3 Florida State and No. 6 Tennessee.

The other eight finalists are: Lloyd Carr (Michigan), Pete Carroll (Southern California), Terry Hoeppner (Miami, Ohio), Paul Johnson (Navy), Steve Kragthorpe (Tulsa), Urban Meyer (Utah), Nick Saban (Louisiana State) and Bob Stoops (Oklahoma).

  • Kicker Gary Anderson retired from the NFL on Sunday, a day after his 22nd season ended in the Tennessee Titans' 17-14 divisional playoff loss at New England.
  • "That's a great group of guys here, both coaches and players, that made it a lot of fun for me and my boys," Anderson said. "I'm really pleased that I came and played for the Titans."

    The NFL's career scoring leader - in both the regular season and the postseason - only had two extra points in his final game. His only field-goal try, a 31-yarder, was blocked by Richard Seymour.

  • Louisiana State receiver Michael Clayton will leave school a year early to enter the NFL draft.
  • Clayton becomes the seventh LSU player ever to leave early for the draft.


    Moya victorious over Srichaphan

    In Madras, India, top-seeded Carlos Moya won the Tata Open on Sunday, defeating defending champion Paradorn Srichaphan of Thailand 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (5).

    Moya, once ranked No. 1 but now No. 7, won the 15th title of his career. Paradorn was appearing in his third straight final at this event.

  • In Sydney, Australia, fifth-seeded Anastasia Myskina of Russia beat Lisa Raymond 6-1, 2-6, 6-4 in the first round of the Adidas International.
  • Vera Zvonareva of Russia downed Nicole Pratt of Australia 6-2, 6-3 in this warmup for the Australian Open, which starts Jan. 19. Elena Bovina of Russia defeated Magui Serna of Spain 6-4, 6-1.

    The women's draw has attracted eight of the WTA Tour's top 10. Kim Clijsters, who hurt her ankle in the Hopman Cup, has a first-round bye, as do top-seeded Justin Henin-Hardenne, Lindsay Davenport and Amelie Mauresmo.

  • In Hobart, Australia, eighth-seeded Laura Granville was eliminated in the first round of the Moorilla International, losing 6-2, 6-4 to Japan's Akiko Morigami.
  • Top-seeded Eleni Daniilidou of Greece, who kept her Auckland ASB title on Saturday, plays Tathiana Garbin of Italy in the first round today.


    Late surges carry runners to titles

    In Phoenix, Late-race bursts carried Haron Toroitich of Kenya and Shitaye Gemechu of Ethiopia to victo-ries in the inaugural Arizona Rock 'n' Roll Marathon.

    It was the largest debut for a running event, with about 29,250 competitors, including 16,000 in the companion half-marathon. The previous record for a first-time event was 19,978 at the 1998 San Diego Rock 'n' Roll Marathon.

    The top American was Jason Saitts, of Parker, Colo., who was 13th in 2:37:09.

  • In Lake Buena Vista, Fla., Florida runners Matthew Dobson and Kim Donaldson won the Disney Marathon.
  • Dobson ran through Disney's four theme parks in 2 hours, 27 minutes, 58 seconds. He is the first American man to win this race.

    Donaldson, in her first try at Disney, ran a personal-best 2:59:11 for the 26-plus miles.


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