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Florida Gators win men's 4x100 relay; Florida State Seminoles second in women's relay at NCAA track and field championships

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Florida won the men's 4x100 relay Friday at the NCAA track and field championships with the quartet of Dennis Martin, Calvin Smith of Freedom High, Terrell Wilks and Jeremy Hall.

They finished in 38.58 seconds.

Wilks was fourth in the 100 to help push the Gator men to third place, 11 points behind Oregon, through 11 events. Florida State was tied for 12th. The day's schedule was not over at press time as rain delayed the meet.

The FSU women were tied for third through 12 events, 19 points behind Oregon. FSU's Kimberly Williams had the top preliminary mark in the women's triple jump at 44 feet, 113/4 inches; the finals are today. And the Seminoles finished second in the women's 4x100 relay. The Gator women were tied for seventh; UF's Evelien Dekkers was fourth in the javelin.

CWS: Bat inspection

OMAHA, Neb. — With the College World Series opening today, NCAA officials spent Friday inspecting bats to make sure they meet specifications amid concerns they are being tampered with. NCAA Baseball Committee chairman Tim Weiser said it has become stylish for bats to be "rolled," a process that flattens the bat barrel so the ball propels 10 mph to 15 mph faster. Many Web sites offer the service, usually for about $30 a bat. Rolling a bat hastens the break-in time and is not illegal unless it causes the bat to fall out of compliance.

BASKETBALL: Karen Sypher, 49, who has pleaded not guilty to federal charges of trying to extort Louisville coach Rick Pitino and of lying to the FBI, says she was set up. Prosecutors accuse her of demanding cars, a house and $10 million in exchange for keeping quiet about what an FBI affidavit calls unsubstantiated allegations describing "an interaction between Mr. Pitino and an unnamed woman as criminal in nature."

FOOTBALL: Ohio State recruit Jaamal Berry, 18, of Miami was arrested for possession of more than 28 grams of marijuana, Miami-Dade Police said. … The Rose Bowl will be on ESPN starting in 2011, giving the network broadcast rights to all BCS bowls. … According to the Arkansas City (Kan.) Traveler, Kansas State coach Bill Snyder told boosters in Winfield, Kan., this week that he was asked to be former Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius' running mate in 2006. Snyder, retired from coaching at the time, said he considered the job but decided against it.

OBITUARY: Former Kansas AD Bob Frederick died from a bicycle accident after he hit a pothole, flew over the handlebars and struck the pavement near campus. He was 69.

Florida Gators win men's 4x100 relay; Florida State Seminoles second in women's relay at NCAA track and field championships 06/12/09 [Last modified: Saturday, June 13, 2009 12:21am]

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