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Ailing Gorham propels Bulls past Tulane 5-4

South Florida starter John Gorham allowed five hits and retired 20 in a row at one point as the Bulls shut down Tulane 5-4 on Saturday in New Orleans.

"I can't say anything more about that performance," USF coach Eddie Cardieri said. "The kid has the flu and he just bowed up and pitched an outstanding ballgame for us on three days' rest."

After allowing consecutive singles in Tulane's two-run second inning, the junior from Armwood High retired the next 20 batters. The Green Wave (18-3, 1-1 Conference USA) brought a league-best .324 team batting average into the game, but Gorham did not allow another hit until there were two outs in the eighth inning.

Gorham, who woke up with the flu Friday morning, left the game in the ninth after allowing a two-run homer to Jake Gautreau that sliced USF's 5-2 lead to 5-4.

David Richtberg earned the bullpen's first save of the season, retiring all three batters he faced. USF is 9-13, 1-1.

MORE COLLEGES: Florida State's 14-game winning streak in baseball ended with a 4-2 loss to host N.C. State. USF freshman Jimmy Baxter, a wing player on the Bulls basketball team, made an impressive track debut at the Hurricane Invitational in Miami, winning the high jump at 6 feet, 11} inches. He is a Boca Ciega graduate. Teammate Kerine Black won the triple jump at 43-4.25. Host Miami won four events and set three school records. Florida's men's and women's track and field teams each came in first in the SEC Triangular meet held at LSU. UF, Ole Miss and LSU competed. LSU scored 10 runs over the final three innings en route to an 18-10 victory over visiting UF late Friday. The FSU softball team advanced to the quarterfinals of the FSU Invitational with an 11-0, five-inning win over Troy State. Visiting Indiana won the sole doubles point and four of six singles matches to defeat the USF women's tennis team 5-2. The Miami women's tennis team lost 6-1 to Notre Dame at Coral Gables. UF's women's tennis team posted a 6-1 victory over host Auburn. Barry's softball team opened its Sunshine State Conference season with a 5-2, 4-0 doubleheader sweep of Eckerd. The FSU men's tennis team lost to visiting Texas 5-2. Saint Leo's baseball team overpowered host Barry in a doubleheader, 11-9 and 4-3. Jacksonville's baseball team ran its winning streak to 10 with 5-3 and 4-1 victories over visiting Georgia State. Tampa's softball team split a doubleheader against Lynn, losing the first game 2-0, then winning 7-2. Jacksonville's men's tennis team beat visiting Morehead State 4-3. East Carolina beat host UM 7-2 in baseball. Natalie Coughlin of California won the 200-yard backstroke in 1 minute, 51.02 seconds, breaking her NCAA, American and U.S. Open record of 1:52.73, established this year, at the NCAA Division I women's championships in East Meadow, N.Y. Georgia won its third straight team title. UF finished eighth, Miami 14th and FSU 32nd. USF beat Alabama Birmingham 5-3 in softball to advance to the semifinals of the Clearwater Parks and Recreation Tournament. Utah gymnasts edged host UF 196.75-196.525 to win the Shamrock Showdown. Minnesota ended Iowa's decadelong domination to win its first NCAA wrestling championship at Iowa City and become the first team to capture the title with no one in the finals. The UF softball team dominated host Kentucky 18-3 and 5-4. The FSU men's and women's track and field teams had 13 first-place finishes at the Snowbird Invitational. Merrimack College beat host Eckerd 7-2 in baseball.Minnesota made history twice at Iowa City, ending Iowa's decadelong domination to win its first NCAA wrestling championship and become the first team to capture the national title with no one in the finals.

CYCLING: The sport's governing body will begin testing riders for the banned performance enhancer EPO. The testing will begin at Belgium's Tour of Flanders, which starts April 8, International Cycling Union president Hein Verbruggen told the French newspaper Le Figaro. Dario Frigo of Italy took the lead of the Paris-Nice race by winning the next-to-last stage, a steep 6.2-mile time trial on the outskirts of Nice. Frigo was 26 seconds ahead of teammate Raimondas Rumsas; Belgium's Peter van Petegem, who had led since Tuesday, slipped to third.

SOCCER: Free agent Cobi Jones has re-signed with the MLS and rejoined the Los Angeles Galaxy at its preseason training complex. Sweden beat Denmark 3-0 to win the Algarve Cup, the most prestigious women's tournament after the World Cup and Olympics. The United States finished sixth after a 4-3 loss to Norway at Quarteira, Portugal. The Mutiny tied San Jose 3-3 in a scrimmage during MLS spring training in Fort Lauderdale. Goals for the Mutiny were scored by Paul Schneider, Gus Kartes and Ali Curtis.

IDITAROD: Jessica Royer was the first rookie to cross the finish line in the sled dog race on Friday, earning rookie of the year honors. It took the 24-year-old 11 days, 23 hours, 4 minutes; she finished 14th.

SKIING: Sweden's Magdalena Forsberg, the greatest female competitor in biathlon history, won the 10-kilometer pursuit at Oslo, Norway, for her 14th World Cup victory this season. Finland won the World Cup team title in ski jumping for the second straight year, followed by Austria and Japan at Planica, Slovenia. Per Elofsson won the overall World Cup title in cross-country skiing despite finishing eighth in a 15-kilometer classic-style race at the Swedish Ski Games in Falun. Julia Tschepalova won the women's 10K freestyle and leads the standings. Jasey Jay Anderson of Canada won the bordercross final at the Snowboard World Cup to clinch that event's season title and the overall men's crown, and Karine Ruby of France won the women's overall and bordercross championships, despite not making the final at Ruka, Finland.

OBITUARY: Henry Kaelarne, who set two world records and won a bronze medal at 5,000 meters in the 1936 Berlin Olympics, died at 88 in Stockholm, Sweden.

_ Compiled from Times wires.