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Florida women reach national championship match in tennis

ATHENS, Ga. — The Florida women's tennis team defends its national title today after beating Duke 4-3 in Monday's semifinals.

The second-seeded Gators (26-1) face top seed UCLA today at 1 p.m. for the championship.

Florida's No. 5 player, Alex Cercone, defeated Mary Clayton 5-7, 6-4, 6-3 in the final match.

The Gators won the doubles point and also got singles victories from No. 2 Lauren Embree and No. 3 Joanna Mather.

"I don't know how we won that match," Gators coach Roland Thornqvist said. "We found a way on doubles."

UCLA beat crosstown rival USC in the other semifinal.

Former Mountaineers coach Stewart dies

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Former West Virginia football coach Bill Stewart died Monday of an apparent heart attack, the WVU athletic department said.

Spokesman Michael Fragale said Stewart was golfing.

Stewart, 59, resigned last summer and was replaced by Dana Holgorsen, who had been designated coach in waiting. Stewart was 28-12 in three seasons.

MORE FOOTBALL: Cornerback Cortez Johnson is transferring from Arizona to Oklahoma, where he will reunite with defensive coordinator Mike Stoops, who had been head coach of the Wildcats, and linebackers coach Tim Kish.

BASEBALL: FSU senior outfielder James Ramsey was named ACC player of the year and Mike Martin was honored as coach of the year for a seventh time. Joining Ramsey on the All-ACC first team were three Seminoles juniors: first baseman Jayce Boyd, second baseman Devon Travis and reliever Robert Benincasa (Armwood High).

JURISPRUDENCE: Laurie Fine, wife of fired Syracuse basketball assistant Bernie Fine, filed a libel lawsuit against ESPN, saying the network aired salacious reports that she knew her husband abused boys and that she had sex with one of the boys.

Florida women reach national championship match in tennis 05/21/12 [Last modified: Monday, May 21, 2012 10:50pm]

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