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May 28, 2007 at 11:00 PM
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Patriots' Hill's body recovered from lake

NEW ORLEANS, May 28 (UPI) -- The body of New England Patriots defensive end Marquise Hill was pulled Monday from Lake Pontchartrain, La.

Hill had been the object of a lake search after a jet-ski accident Sunday night.

Hill's body was recovered in mid-afternoon, The New Orleans Times-Picayune reported.

Authorities had turned their search from a rescue to recovery mission after witnesses saw the former LSU star go underwater without resurfacing.

The Orleans Levee Board Police reported that a passing boat picked up the man but he jumped back in the water to look for the woman. The woman was eventually rescued.

Hill, a New Orleans native, has played with the Patriots since being drafted out of LSU in 2004. He was a member of LSU's national championship team in 2003.

Clemens turns in six scoreless AAA innings

MOOSIC, Pa., May 28 (UPI) -- Seven-time Cy Young Award winner Roger Clemens pitched six scoreless innings Monday for Class AAA Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

Clemens, 44, who is expected to move up to the New York Yankees for his next start, gave up just two hits and two walks, while striking out six.

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre beat Toledo, 2-0.

Clemens, who was signed to a prorated $28 million contract May 6, made a pair of minor league starts prior to Monday. With Class AA Trenton Wednesday, he allowed three runs on six hits with four walks, a wild pitch and a hit batter in 5 1/3 innings -- so it was decided he needed at least one more minor league start before joining the Yankees.

Assuming this was his final minor league start, that would allow him to pitch Saturday at Boston. However, Yankees Manager Joe Torre is expected to hold him out until the next series in New York.

Venus wins first round at rainy French Open

PARIS, May 28 (UPI) -- Venus Williams scored a first-round victory on a rainy Monday at the 2007 French Open.

More than 30 women's matches were either suspended or postponed because of inclement weather, after rain also caused trouble for Sunday's opening-day women's schedule.

The former world No. 1 Williams beat 17-year-old French wild card Alize Cornet, 6-4, 6-3, in 88 minutes in a match that was originally postponed Sunday.

Williams, 26, is a five-time major titlist and was the 2002 French Open runner-up to her younger sister Serena.

Chinese Na Li won, 7-6 (7-4), 6-0, against German Sandra Kloesel; and Italian Tathiana Garbin defeated Japan's Akiko Morigami, 7-6 (7-2), 6-4.

Davydenko advances in men's section of French Open

PARIS, May 28 (UPI) -- Russian Nikolay Davydenko was an easy first-round winner Monday in the men's portion of the French Open tennis.

Twenty-eight men's opening-round matches were either suspended or postponed because of rain, including one involving world No. 1 Roger Federer. Rain also disrupted Sunday's opening-day schedule.

Davydenko defeated Italian Stefano Galvani, 6-3, 6-1, 6-1, in 90 minutes. The Russian star broke serve seven times.

Federer -- the top-seed and 2006 French Open runner-up -- was leading American Michael Russell, 6-4, 4-1, when their match was suspended until Tuesday. Federer is the reigning Wimbledon, U.S. Open and Australian Open champion. He needs a French Open title to complete a career Grand Slam.

Rain is in the forecast for Tuesday.

John Hopkins tops Duke for NCAA lacrosse crown

BALTIMORE, May 28 (UPI) -- Goalie Jesse Schwartzman blocked a shot with seven seconds left Monday as John Hopkins beat top-seeded Duke, 12-11, to win the NCAA lacrosse championship.

The last of Schwartzman's 15 saves enabled the third-seeded Blue Jays to win their second NCAA Division I championship in the past three seasons, and the ninth in school history.

Duke, which lost to Hopkins in the 2005 title game, was not in contention in 2006 after three of the Blue Devils' players were falsely accused of rape. Because of the rape charges, which were subsequently dismissed, Duke was the crowd favorite Monday -- which in turned motivated the Blue Jays.

Hopkins junior midfielder Stephen Peyser, who scored two goals, added an assist, and won nine of 14 face-offs.

Hopkins (13-4) won its ninth straight game and became the first team with four losses to win the national title since Virginia in 1972.

Duke, which tied the score at 11-11 with 4:37 left to play, wound up 17-3.

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