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NCAA track and field championships: Florida Gators take shot put; Florida State Seminoles win twice

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Florida junior Mariam Kevkhishvili won the first title at the NCAA track and field championships Thursday, taking the shot put with a toss of 58 feet, 4½ inches, and two Florida State athletes won events.

FSU's Kimberly Williams won the women's long jump at 21-5½. Texas-El Paso's Blessing Okagbare, a bronze medalist in Beijing for Nigeria,was eighth.

FSU's Ngonidzashe Makusha won the men's long jump at 26-7¼.

Kevkhishvili, who is from the nation of Georgia, won indoor national titles in 2008 and 2009.

Southern Cal responds

LOS ANGELES — Southern California athletic director Mike Garrett and Todd Dickey, senior vice president for administration, discussed NCAA investigations involving the football and basketball programs.

Video statements from Garrett and Dickey were posted on the university's Web site two days after Tim Floyd resigned as basketball coach following allegations that he paid to have O.J. Mayo delivered to the Trojans.

"I, we, take these allegations very seriously,'' Garrett said.

Dickey's office is overseeing USC's internal investigation.

Football

CINCINNATI: The NCAA has denied receiver Vidal Hazelton's request to be eligible to play this season. He transferred from Southern California to be closer to his cancer-stricken grand­father in Georgia.

Minnesota: President Robert Bruininks is expected to recommend today that regents ban alcohol from the on-campus TCF Bank Stadium that opens this season. "We know people will drink before they get to our games. We're not naive," Bruininks said.

Tennessee: Receiver Gerald Jones had surgery on his left wrist and is expected to recover for preseason practice.

Basketball

TENNESSEE: Forward Tyler Smith, who led the team in scoring, assists and free-throw percentage last season, will return for his senior year.

south carolina: Forward Dominique Archie, who averaged 10.9 points and 6.4 rebounds, will return for his senior year. All-SEC guard Devan Downey is considering his options. The deadline is Monday.

wooden classic: UCLA will play Mississippi State in the 16th annual John R. Wooden Classic on Dec. 12, the Bruins' seventh consecutive appearance in the doubleheader named for their former coach. Game 2 is not set.

Baseball

South Carolina: Pitcher Adam Westmoreland will miss the 2010 season after surgery on his left, throwing elbow.

NCAA track and field championships: Florida Gators take shot put; Florida State Seminoles win twice 06/11/09 [Last modified: Thursday, June 11, 2009 11:51pm]
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