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Wrestler ends perfect career with final title

Cael Sanderson went out perfect.

The Iowa State senior completed his record-setting college career Saturday, winning his 159th match without a loss and claiming his fourth consecutive NCAA title.

The 197-pound Sanderson caught Jon Trenge by the ankle, turned it into a double-leg takedown and put the Lehigh sophomore straight to his back for a near fall, going on to score a 12-4 major decision.

More than 12,000 fans at the Pepsi Arena gave Sanderson a standing ovation that lasted nearly five minutes.

"That's what I was fighting basically, the fear that I would not perform up to my capability," Sanderson said, admitting it had been an effort to prepare for all those matches over four years. He was named the tournament's outstanding wrestler.

Oklahoma State's Pat Smith, who had five losses in his career, is the only other four-time NCAA champion.

Spring football

MIAMI: Quarterbacks passed for 301 yards and three touchdowns with one interception in the first scrimmage, going 17-of-37.

Transfer Brock Berlin, working with the scout team, threw a 65-yard touchdown to receiver Roscoe Parrish.

"We ran the ball well today and our passing game was pretty crisp," coach Larry Coker said.

Sophomore tailback Willis McGahee led all rushers with 111 yards on 11 carries, including a 56-yard run for a touchdown.

FLORIDA: Quarterback Rex Grossman went 15-of-24 for 167 yards with one interception at the second scrimmage. Wide receiver Reggie Vickers caught six passes for 53 yards and ran one kickoff 103 yards for the touchdown.

Center David Jorgensen (ankle), defensive lineman Clint Mitchell (concussion), safety Todd Johnson (flu) and kicker Matt Piotrowicz (concussion) were out.

Linebacker Matt Farrior left the scrimmage with a swollen hand and broken blood vessel and linebacker Mike Nattiel injured his ankle. Both are day to day.


NORTH CAROLINA 7, FSU 1: Garry Bakker pitched seven three-hit innings and Chris Maples drove in four runs as the host Tar Heels won their eighth in a row to move to 5-0 in the ACC for the first time since 1995.

FLORIDA 14, SOUTH CAROLINA 5: Ryan Shealy had three RBIs and visiting Florida broke open a close game with an eight-run ninth. Winner Alex Hart (7-0) gave up five hits in eight innings.

MIAMI 8, UCLA 7: Billy Susdorf walked Jim Burt with the bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth to drive in the winner for the Hurricanes.

SOUTH FLORIDA 13-5, MEMPHIS 2-11: Mike Cunningham scored a tiebreaking run on a sacrifice fly to send the visiting Bulls to a win in the first game of a doubleheader split.

CENTRAL FLORIDA 7-5, JACKSONVILLE ST. 1-6: Mark Michael allowed one run in six innings as the visiting Knights won the opener of a doubleheader split.

TAMPA 2-6, FLORIDA TECH 0-7: Joey Watts struck out seven in eight innings to get the win for the host Spartans in the opening game of a doubleheader split.

ECKERD 12-7, BARRY 4-3: Stephen Williams was 3-for-5 with three doubles, three RBIs, and two runs scored for the visiting Tritons in the opener, and Adam Toro had two hits in the nightcap.

FLORIDA SOUTHERN 8-2, SAINT LEO 7-6: Josh Prillhart scored the go-ahead run and drove in two more for the Saints in the nightcap of a doubleheader split.

Also ...

SWIMMING: Natalie Coughlin of California set her third record of the NCAA Women's Championships in Austin, Texas, winning the 200-yard backstroke in 1:49.52 seconds. Auburn dethroned Georgia to capture the team title with 474 points.

SOFTBALL: South Florida's 11-game winning streak ended with a 4-0 loss to visiting Southern Miss in the second game of a doubleheader. The Bulls won the opener 6-2 behind a two-run double by Rachel Williams.

HOCKEY: Minnesota beat Colorado College 4-2 and Michigan beat Denver 5-3 in Ann Arbor, Mich., to advance to the Frozen Four. Cornell faces New Hampshire and Maine plays Boston today in Worcester, Mass., for the other two spots. Northeastern forward Brooke Whitney received the 2002 Patty Kazmaier Award, given to the outstanding women's player in the nation.

_ Correspondent Debi Jones contributed to this report.