Originally created 04/24/04

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Swimming

Lamback sets new PanAmerican mark

In Minneapolis, Augusta's Lantz Lamback set a new PanAmerican record at the U.S. Paralympics Swimming Trials on Thursday night.

Lamback set the record in the S7 Men's 50 meter freestyle, finishing in 30.05 seconds. He also won the 100 backstroke title in 1:20.22.

On Friday afternoon, he also won his preliminary heat in the 400 freestyle in a time of 5:16.96.

  • Three disabled swimmers representing the Family Y BlazeSports team won awards at the Southeastern Wheelchari Sports Regional Games last week.
  • Matt Muller, Terrence Sansbury and Matt Milas picked up individual honors as well as helping the team capture 12 first-place and two second-place honors.

    College Baseball

    NAIA pitcher strikes out near record 25

    In Muskogee, Okla., warming up before the game, Johnny Spencer wondered how much he had in his left arm.

    Turned out he had plenty.

    The Bacone College senior struck out 25 against Jarvis Christian in a 4-0 victory Thursday, one shy of the NAIA record.

    Spencer used an 88 mph fastball and a hard slider to strike out the first eight batters before Eric Word snapped the streak with a bunt. Third baseman Dustin Abel threw him out.

    "It kind of ticked me off that he would bunt on me," Spencer said. "He bunted with two strikes. You don't do that."

    Spencer pitched a two-hitter. Only four batters put the ball in play.

    Miami of Ohio pitcher Buddy Schultz fanned 26 against Wright State on April 30, 1973, for the NCAA record. He later pitched for the Chicago Cubs and St. Louis Cardinals, striking out 193 in 240 innings.

    Cary Spain of Belmont (Tenn.) struck out 26 in 1979 in a 15-inning game for the NAIA mark.

    Tennis

    Safin, Coria move on at Monte Carlo

    In Monte Carlo, Monaco, Marat Safin beat Alberto Martin 6-3, 3-6, 6-1 at the Monte Carlo Masters, advancing to a semifinal matchup with clay-court expert Guillermo Coria.

    Coria defeated No. 7 seed David Nalbandian 6-4, 6-3 for his 24th straight win on clay. Coria has not lost on the surface since last June.

    In the other semifinal Saturday, Rainer Schuettler will meet 1998 French Open champion Carlos Moya.

    The fourth-seeded Schuettler easily beat No. 6 seed Tim Henman 6-3, 6-1, and Moya downed Russian Nikolay Davydenko 6-4, 7-6 (4).

    College Basketball

    Mid-major schools find new coaches

    San Francisco concluded its monthlong search for a basketball coach, hiring Jessie Evans away from Louisiana-Lafayette.

    The Dons settled on Evans after their highly publicized attempt to lure Gene Keady away from Purdue failed.

  • Chattanooga promoted John Shulman to its head coaching job.
  • Shulman, 37, who was named the Mocs interim head coach after Jeff Lebo departed for Auburn on April 8, said after being introduced that he was "realizing a dream."

    Shulman was a member of Lebo's staff the last two seasons and at Tennessee Tech the previous four years.

  • Air Force promoted Chris Mooney to head coach Thursday, a day after Joe Scott left for Princeton.
  • Mooney, 31, has been with Air Force for four years, the past two as an associate coach.

    Soccer

    Maradona remains in intensive care

    Diego Maradona was taken off a respirator Friday but remained in intensive care for a sixth consecutive day with severe heart and lung problems.

    The medical team treating the 43-year-old soccer great said it suspended use of a breathing tube at midday, replacing the tube with a plastic mask to provide Maradona with oxygen support.

    The team also said in a statement that Maradona would continue to get treatment for the underlying heart inflammation and lung infection that brought on his latest health crisis.

  • Soccer great Pele left the hospital Friday, one day after undergoing emergency surgery for a detached retina.
  • The surgery on Pele's left eye was "routine and successful," according to a statement from the Albert Einstein Hospital. The 63-year-old Pele is expected to rest at his suburban home for at least 10 days.