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Seminoles lose ACC tourney opener

He keeps his eye on the ball: Vanderbilt’s Jack Lupo slides to make a catch during a 3-2 victory over No. 2 seeded South Carolina in the SEC tournament in Hoover, Ala. The victory earned the No. 5 Commodores a matchup with No. 3 Florida at 9 tonight (airing on BHSN), the winner advancing to the semifinals.

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He keeps his eye on the ball: Vanderbilt’s Jack Lupo slides to make a catch during a 3-2 victory over No. 2 seeded South Carolina in the SEC tournament in Hoover, Ala. The victory earned the No. 5 Commodores a matchup with No. 3 Florida at 9 tonight (airing on BHSN), the winner advancing to the semifinals.

GREENSBORO, N.C. — Jake Davies' two-run homer helped No. 8 seed Georgia Tech upset top seed Florida State 5-4 Wednesday in the opener of the ACC baseball tournament.

The Seminoles tied an ACC record by winning 24 conference games. But they fell to 0-1 in the round-robin pool play for the third consecutive year.

The past two years, FSU has rebounded to advance to the title game. To do so again, it must win its final two games — Friday against No. 5 Clemson and Saturday against No. 4 Virginia — and get help. Two-way ties are settled by head-to-head, three-way ties by regular-season win percentage, which FSU would win.

"We feel fine about the position we are in," said senior centerfielder James Ramsey, whose solo homer in the ninth made it 5-4. "We are staying in attack mode. We can only control so much. We are going to continue to play our Seminole brand of baseball and not worry about everything else around us."

Miami falls: Ryan Mathews' bases-loaded walk in the ninth lifted No. 3 N.C. State past No. 6 Miami 3-2.

Football: Longhorns, Irish talk about joining Big 12

Texas athletic director DeLoss Dodds acknowledged talking to Notre Dame about joining the Big 12. Notre Dame football is independent while its other sports are in the Big East.

"Notre Dame has options," Dodds said. "I think they love their position. I certainly think they can continue to do what they're doing and do it well and be a major player."

Dodds added he is fine if the Big 12 remains at its current 10 teams.

"You name the number — 12, 14, 16 — we could expand," Dodds said. "But … do we need to expand? In my mind, 10 is perfect because you play everybody in football and there is a double round-robin in basketball. When we get into whatever system we get in for a (football) championship, I think those coaches that play in a conference championship are going to say, 'What in the world are we doing?' "

Tennessee: Reserve sophomore tight end Cameron Clear was suspended indefinitely a day after his arrest on a felony theft charge involving a laptop stolen from a Vols baseball player. Clear, a touted recruit, had one catch in 12 games last season.

Basketball: Former Bruin sues Sports Illustrated

Ex-UCLA forward Reeves Nelson sued Sports Illustrated and reporter George Dohrmann for defamation, false light and emotional distress.

The story, published Feb. 28, covered problems at the school and described Nelson as a "psychotic bully … a classic bully, targeting teammates who weren't as athletically gifted as he also tormented the support staff."

The suit includes sworn statements from 18 former teammates saying the general description of Nelson is false and specific instances described in the article never happened or were grossly distorted.

Tyler Honeycutt, described in the article as one of Nelson's victims, said in his statement Nelson never urinated on his bed and clothes, as reported. In his statement, Tyler Trapani, the great-grandson of legendary UCLA coach John Wooden, said Nelson did not go "out of his way" to step on his chest as he lay on the ground during a practice drill.

Both said Dohrmann never contacted them.

Nelson was kicked off the team in December after two episodes of insubordination.

SI and Dohrmann were not available for comment.

Tennis: Florida's Nassim Slilam and Bob van Overbeek won their opening matches to reach the round of 32 at the NCAA tournament in Athens, Ga. The other Gator, Tripper Carleton, lost. All four Florida women — Lauren Embree, Joanna Mather, Sofie Oyen and Allie Will — advanced while USF's Ecaterina Vasenina fell.

Women's golf: Florida shot 5-over 293 to sit tied for 15th, 24 back of first-place Alabama, at the NCAA championship in Franklin, Tenn. Camilla Hedberg shot a team-best 3-under 69 and sits tied for 16th, seven back of first-place Brooke Pancake of Alabama, with two rounds to go. FSU's Maria Salinas shot 80 and is 121st.

Seminoles lose ACC tourney opener 05/24/12 [Last modified: Thursday, May 24, 2012 1:36am]
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