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April 1, 2002 at 3:11 PM   |   Comments

Maryland,Indiana play for NCAA championship

ATLANTA, April 1 (UPI) -- There will be plenty of

fans wearing red on Monday night at the Georgia Dome.

Unfortunately, only one group wearing red will be celebrating at the end.

Maryland looks for its first national championship when it meets Indiana in college basketball's showcase game for the elusive NCAA title at the Georgia Dome

The Terrapins advanced to the Final Four for the second straight year but had never reached college basketball's biggest stage.

Juan Dixon matched a career high with 33 points as Maryland defeated Kansas, 97-88, in its semifinal Saturday.

While Maryland comes in clicking on all cylinders, Indiana is a bit banged up. Starting guard Tom Coverdale is still hampered by a severely sprained ankle and reserve A.J. Moye, an Atlanta native, suffered a pulled hamstring in the semifinals.

Both players insist they are healthy enough to play.

With Coverdale and Jared Jeffries struggling, the Hoosiers used a huge effort from reserve forward Jeff Newton to post a 73-64 triumph over Oklahoma. Newton, another Atlanta native, made 7-of-10 shots for 19 points for Indiana.

The victory continued the storybook ride for Indiana coach Mike Davis, who was an unlikely coach to replace the legendary Bob Knight. Many supporters of the Hoosiers questioned whether Davis could uphold the Hoosiers' tradition but he is having the last laugh now.

Indiana is 4-0 all-time against Maryland but the teams have notmet since the Hoosiers posted a 99-64 rout in the second roundof the 1981 NCAA Tournament.


Uconn champs head home for celebration

HARTFORD, Conn., April 1 (UPI) -- The undefeated Connecticut Huskies, atop the women's collegiate basketball world once again, returned home Monday to celebrate their third NCAA championship.

The Huskies won the NCAA title Sunday night, beating Oklashoma 82-70, to run their record to a perfect 39-0. It was their third national championship in three years.

Uconn flew home Monday afternoon for a brief airport rally. Then, it was on to Gampel Pavilikon for a pep rally.


Baseball in full swing

By United Press International

Three Cy Young Award winners were tabbed for opening day Monday, one day after Cleveland Indians ace Bartolo Colon pitched like one.

The 2002 baseball season officially began Sunday night, when Colon became the first pitcher in nine years to throw a shutouton Opening Day, holding the Anaheim Angels to five hits in a 6-0 victory.

The season was in full swing Monday with 10 games on the slate. Two-time Cy Young award winner Tom Glavine started for the Atlanta Braves against the Philadelphia Phillies in an afternoon game at Atlanta.

The most recent National League Cy Young winner, Randy Johnson, will take the mound for the Arizona Diamondbacks against them San Diego Padres.

And, in the American League, six-time Cy Young Award winner Roger Clemens starts for the New York Yankees against the Baltimore Orioles at Camden Yards.

In other National League games, the Chicago Cubs are at Cincinnati, the New York Mets host Pittsburgh and the St. Louis Plays host to Colorado.

In the American League, Toronto is at Boston, Kansas City hosts Minnesota, Seattle hosts the Chicago White Sox and Texas is at Oakland.


Reynolds named Long Beach basketball coach

LONG BEACH , Calif., April 1 (UPI) -- Larry Reynolds, who turned Cal State San Bernardino into a Division II power, was named men's basketball coach at Long Beach State on Monday.

Reynolds built an impressive 110-35 record at San Bernardino with three California College Athletic Association titles in five years at the school.

This season, San Bernardino was 28-2 and reached the "Elite Eight" before falling to eventual champion Metro State. The Coyotes also made the regional finals in 1999.

Reynolds replaces Wayne Morgan, who resigned after posting a 91-84 record over six seasons.


Saints sign ex-Dolphins tackle

NEW ORLEANS, April 1 (UPI) -- Spencer Folau, who started 15 games at right tackle for the Miami Dolphins last season, signed a two-year contract with the New Orleans Saints Monday.

Folau has has played both tackle spots in his seven-year career, including a five-year stint with the Baltimore Ravens in which he appeared in 34 games and started eight.

Folau, who played collegiately at Idaho, started 11 games for the Ravens in 2000 and was used as a reserve in the postseason, including Baltimore's Super Bowl win over the New York Giants.

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