Lewis avoids civil trial with settlement
In Atlanta, Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis reached a financial settlement with the daughter of one of two men killed in a fight after the Super Bowl in January 2000, avoiding a civil trial scheduled to begin next month.
Thomas Carlock, Lewis' Atlanta-based attorney, said Sunday the agreement was reached Thursday.
"The parties reached an amicable resolution and the case will be dismissed," Carlock said, adding that both sides agreed no details would be released.
Carlock would not comment on a report in The Baltimore Sun that Lewis agreed to pay at least $1 million to settle the case.
The settlement compensates 4-year-old India Lollar, the daughter of Richard Lollar, a barber stabbed to death outside a nightclub in the Buckhead district of Atlanta. India Lollar was born shortly after her father's death.
Carlock said the suit against Lewis and co-defendants Reginald Oakley, Joseph Sweeting, Kwame King and Carlos Stafford will be dropped "soon."
Atlanta authorities charged Lewis with two counts of murder and four other felony counts in the Jan. 30, 2000, deaths of Lollar and Jacinth Baker.
Gamecock freshman blanks Mississippi
In Columbia, freshman Arik Hempy pitched a four-hit shutout and Landon Powell hit his 13th home run to lead South Carolina to a 3-0 win against Mississippi in Southeastern Conference action Sunday.
The Gamecocks (32-12, 11-10) got a full nine innings from Hempy (3-1) in his second start of the season. He struck out 11 batters and gave up just two walks.
l Georgia stretched its winning streak to nine games as senior left-hander Paul Lubrano threw the team's first complete game in three years in a 5-1 win over Kentucky.
With the win, Georgia completed a three-game sweep of Kentucky. The Bulldogs (30-15, 12-9 SEC) have won seven straight conference games to move into second place in the SEC Eastern Division.
l Aaron Cheesman and Eddy Martinez-Esteve each had three hits to lead Florida State past Clemson, 10-1.
Clemson (27-16, 11-6 ACC) scored its only run in the bottom of the second inning. Lou Santangelo had a single to right center field. After he stole second base, Russell Triplett singled to score Santangelo.
l Clifton Remole and Steven Blackwood each drove in three runs to help Georgia Tech sweep a doubleheader with North Carolina State.
Remole had a two-run home run to help the Yellow Jackets (27-17, 9-5 ACC) take the first game 6-1. Blackwood had a two-run double to give the Yellow Jackets a 7-3 win in the nightcap, a game that was called after eight innings due to rain.
It was the sixth straight win for Georgia Tech, which improved to 7-1 in league road games.
Williams wins 11th straight at J&S Cup
In Warsaw, Poland, Venus Williams kept her winning streak going, beating Svetlana Kuznetsova, 6-1, 6-4 in the J&S Cup final for her second straight WTA tournament title and 11th consecutive victory.
The streak is Williams' longest since she took 19 straight matches in 2002. It started with her title run in Charleston, S.C., and continued with two wins in the United States' triumph over Slovenia in the Fed Cup.
It was in the Warsaw final a year ago that a stomach muscle injury forced her to retire in the third set. After playing through the French Open and Wimbledon with the injury, Williams was sidelined for the remainder of 2003.
l In Munich, Germany, Nikolay Davydenko beat fourth-seeded Martin Verkerk 6-4, 7-5 at the BMW Open for his third career title.
l In Barcelona, Spain, Tommy Robredo of Spain defeated Gaston Gaudio of Argentina 6-3, 4-6, 6-2, 3-6, 6-3 to win the Open Seat Godo tournament.
Robredo, who turned 22 Saturday, had nine aces in the first set. Gaudio, the 2002 champion, rallied in the second set and again in the fourth before slumping in the fifth.
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