Originally created 04/27/04

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College Baseball

Campbell's shutout earns SEC honors

In Columbia, Gamecock lefty Matt Campbell has been awarded SEC pitcher of the Week for his 10 inning, 1-0 win over Alabama on Sunday.

The junior improved to 6-2 on the season with the three-hit shutout of the Crimson Tide, the first of his career. At one point, the lefty retired 10 consecutive batters and never allowed a base runner to advance past second.

This is the fourth time in Campbell's career and first of the season that he has won the award.

Olympics

Thorpe will get shot at 400 freestyle

In Brisbane, Australia, Australian swimmer Craig Stevens withdrew from the 400-meter freestyle at the Athens Olympics, giving Ian Thorpe a chance to defend his title.

Thorpe failed to qualify for the 400 at the Australian Olympic trials last month after falling into the pool before the start. The multiple world-record holder qualified for the 100 and 200 freestyle, but his best chance for a gold medal is the 400.

Stevens qualified for the 400 by placing second to Grant Hackett at the trials.

Women's Basketball

Louisiana legend expected to retire

Louisiana State is expected to announce today that longtime coach Sue Gunter is retiring and will be replaced by interim head coach Pokey Chatman.

LSU called a noon news conference, but women's basketball spokesman Brian Miller said he could not go into detail about the subject, other than to say it involved "the coaching situation for the women's basketball team."

However, a source in Baton Rouge, who declined to be identified, confirmed to The Associated Press that Gunter, who has been on leave with respiratory problems, would step down and that Chatman would take over.

Gunter has coached in college for 44 years, 22 at LSU, compiling 708 victories. Among women's college coaches, only Texas' Jody Conradt and Tennessee's Pat Summitt have more victories.

Tennis

Top seed Coria out; Costa loses again

In Barcelona, Spain, former champion Albert Costa lost his third straight match, eliminated in the first round of the Open Seat Godo by Albert Montanes, 6-4, 7-6 (3).

Costa, winner of this clay-court tournament in 1997 and the French Open in 2002, fell to 6-9 this season. Montanes next faces 18-year-old Spanish wild-card entry Nicolas Almagro, who beat Alex Corretja, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4.

Two other past winners in Barcelona, Todd Martin and Gaston Gaudio, won, while top-seeded Guillermo Coria withdrew.

  • In Munich, Germany, seeded players James Blake and Andrei Pavel lost in the first round of the BMW Open.
  • The eighth-seeded Blake was beaten by Sargis Sargsian 6-4, 7-6 (6), while No. 6 Pavel was eliminated by Nikolay Davydenko 7-6 (3), 6-4.

    Racing

    Junqueira to return to Indianapolis 500

    In Indianapolis, Bruno Junqueira will return to the Indianapolis 500 with Newman/Haas Racing, the latest Champ Car team to cross over to the rival Indy Racing League.

    The Brazilian was Indy 500 rookie of the year with a fifth-place finish in 2001. The next year, driving for Ganassi Racing, he won the pole and led the first 32 laps before a blown engine dropped him to 31st.

  • Former IRL rookie of the year Felipe Giaffone will drive for Dreyer & Reinbold Racing the rest of this season in place of Robbie Buhl. Buhl, a co-owner of the Indianapolis team and one of the original drivers in the Indy Racing League, retired as a driver last week.
  • Giaffone started last and finished 10th in his rookie Indianapolis 500 in 2001. He was the IRL's top rookie that season, with 10 top-10 finishes in 13 starts. His only victory was at Kentucky Speedway in 2002.