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March 13, 2013 at 5:15 PM   |   Comments

53-year-old wins Iditarod

NOME, Alaska, March 13 (UPI) -- Mitch Seavey, 53, has become the oldest person to win Alaska's grueling Iditarod 1,000-mile sled dog race.

Seavey and his 10-dog team crossed the Nome finish line Tuesday night following a dueling sprint against last year's runner-up Aliy Zirkle, the Anchorage Daily News reported.

Led by a 6-year-old husky named Tanner, Seavey coasted down Nome's Front Street at 10:39 p.m., local time.

"I gotta congratulate my lead dog Tanner," Seavey said after the team came to a stop. "He's probably the best I've ever had."

Seavey's winning margin of 23 minutes, 39 seconds made it the fourth-closest race in Iditarod history.

He finished in 9 days, 7 hours, 39 minutes, 56 seconds. Zirkle finished in 9 days, 8 hours, 3 minutes and 35 seconds.


WR Cayleb Jones suspended by Longhorns

AUSTIN, Texas, March 13 (UPI) -- University of Texas wide receiver Cayleb Jones was suspended from the team after being charged with felony aggravated assault, football coach Mack Brown said.

Jones, 19, was arrested after allegedly punching Joseph Swaysland, a member of the school's tennis team, in an Austin nightclub on Feb. 22. Swaysland suffered a broken jaw in the incident, which was over Khat Bell, a member of the school volleyball team and a former girlfriend of Jones, police said.

In a statement Tuesday, Brown said Jones was "suspended from all team activities pending the completion of the legal process. Any further action will be handled at the conclusion of the legal process."

Jones was a freshman backup on the Longhorns team in 2012 and is among four receivers contending for a starting position, the Austin Statesman-American reported Wednesday.


Teen 'wants to know' if Jordan his father

ATLANTA, March 13 (UPI) -- An Atlanta woman says her 16-year-old son has the right to know if basketball great Michael Jordan is his father.

"My son wants to know," Pamela Y. Smith said after a court hearing on whether the former NBA star should be compelled to take a paternity test, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported Tuesday.

Smith has filed a lawsuit claiming that Jordan is the father of her child.

During a private status hearing at the Fulton County courthouse, Jordan's attorney, John Mayoue, filed a countersuit in which he noted that Smith said during her 2003 divorce the teenager was fathered by her husband, Glennville G. Reynolds.

Smith claims she began a relationship with the six-time NBA champion in the late 1980s, reported WSB Radio in Atlanta.

No decision came out of the hearing.


Injured Vonn wins downhill crown

LENZERHEIDE, Switzerland, March 13 (UPI) -- Lindsey Vonn of the United States and Norway's Aksel Lund Svindal clinched the World Cup downhill titles Wednesday when fog scrubbed the season's final races.

International Skiing Federation officials called off the men's and women's downhills at the World Cup Finals in Switzerland, giving the injured Vonn the title -- her sixth consecutive championship in the event -- by one point over Tina Maze of Slovenia.

Vonn won three of the seven World Cup downhills this season but missed two others due to a season-ending knee injury suffered at the World Championships. She had built up enough of a cushion to beat Maze by a nose.

Races in the finals are not rescheduled.

Svindal clinched his first men's downhill title by 58 points over defending champion Klaus Kroell of Austria. Svindal, who earlier claimed the super-G title, lost an opportunity to close the gap with Austrian Marcel Hirscher in the men's overall points race.

The World Cup Finals are scheduled to resume Thursday with the final super-G races of the season.


COL BKB: Syracuse 75 Seton Hall 63

NEW YORK, March 13 (UPI) -- Brandon Triche and C.J. Fair fired a 19-2 run Wednesday that carried No. 20 Syracuse to a 75-63 win over Seton Hall in the Big East Tournament in New York.

Syracuse (24-8) advances to the Big East quarterfinals Thursday against No. 19 Pittsburgh. The Seton Hall Pirates were left with a 15-18 record.

The Pirates led by 10 in the first half before Syracuse came back and tied the score 34-34 at halftime.

The score was tied again at 46-46 6 minutes into the second half, but Fair ignited the 19-2 run with a jumper. James Southerland followed with a 3-point shot and Fair hit another jump shot. Triche had seven consecutive points later in the run, which ended with a Baye Keita layup with 4:44 to go and the Orange up 65-48.

Southerland ended with a team-high 20 points while Triche added 17 points and Fair 16 for Syracuse. Aaron Crosby had 22 points for Seton Hall in leading all scorers.

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