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Sports in brief: Duke-Butler rematch set for Dec. 4

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Duke-Butler rematch set for Dec. 4

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Duke and Butler will meet Dec. 4 in East Rutherford, N.J., eight months after the Blue Devils beat the fan favorite Bulldogs for the basketball national championship. The game will be on ESPN.

"It's an honor," Butler coach Brad Stevens said.

The Blue Devils have won five NCAA region finals at the arena, going 18-1. Butler has never played at the Meadowlands.

"Surely, Coach Stevens will have his team ready to perform at a high level," Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski said.

More colleges: Kentucky coach John Calipari says he would be "shocked" if freshmen Daniel Orton and Eric Bledsoe don't enter the NBA draft. … Hofstra basketball coach Tim Welsh resigned, three days after he was charged with drunken driving and a month after he was hired. … Mike Rice, whose Robert Morris team pushed Villanova to overtime in a first-round NCAA Tournament loss, reportedly agreed to become Rutgers coach. … LSU suspended starting football center T-Bob Hebert indefinitely after a charge of drunken driving. … Tennessee safety Darren Myles Jr. won't miss playing time after he was charged with public intoxication, disorderly conduct and resisting arrest. … FedEx is ending its sponsorship of the Orange Bowl.

Tennis

Kuznetsova slump continues in Rome

Svetlana Kuznetsova extended a run of poor results, losing 6-2, 3-6, 6-4 to Maria Kirilenko in the second round of the Italian Open in Rome.

The fifth-ranked Kuznetsova has not had three consecutive wins since reaching the fourth round of the Australian Open in January.

Bethanie Mattek-Sands beat U.S. Fed Cup teammate Melanie Oudin 6-1, 6-3.

More tennis: Women's top seed Agnes Szavay lost in the first round of the Estoril Open, beaten by Anastasija Sevastova 3-6, 6-3, 6-3 in Oeiras, Portugal. On the men's side, seventh-seeded Juan Ignacio Chela lost to Alejandro Falla 6-4, 7-6 (7-4). Top-ranked Roger Federer has a bye into the second round. … Ivo Karlovic and Igor Andreev were straight-set winners in the first round of the Serbia Open in Belgrade.

ET CETERA

Swimming: Ian Thorpe has ruled out a comeback to competitive swimming, rejecting Australian media reports Monday that the five-time Olympic gold medalist, 27, wanted to qualify for a relay at the 2012 London Games.

Soccer: Germany coach Joachim Loew won't take Schalke forward Kevin Kuranyi to the World Cup. … Georges Leekens, 60, will coach the Belgian national team for the second time in his career, replacing Dick Advocaat. … FIFA general secretary Jerome Valcke said Brazil's 2014 World Cup preparations are falling behind and that a report on stadium construction is "not very nice."

Cycling: Top Italian cyclist Franco Pellizotti was banned from the Giro d'Italia, which begins Saturday in Amsterdam, because his irregular blood levels suggested doping.

Golf: Jason Kay, who replaced labels on Gatorade bottles with an image of Tiger Woods and his wife and the word "unfaithful," was sentenced to two years of probation and fined $1,000.

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Sports in brief: Duke-Butler rematch set for Dec. 4 05/03/10 [Last modified: Monday, May 3, 2010 9:52pm]
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