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FA Cup separates men from boys

The University of Bath's soccer fairy tale ended Saturday with a 4-2 loss in the first round of the FA Cup to second-division Mansfield Town.

Bath was the first student team since Oxford in 1880 to play in the main draw of the world's oldest single-elimination competition. The match at Bath was broadcast live on British TV and radio.

"I think at the start they were a bit nervous and overawed at the occasion," Bath coach Ged Roddy said. "But look at the crowd, look at the occasion _ university football back in the FA Cup."

The team was formed three years ago and is made up largely of players rejected from Premier League training academies.

MORE SOCCER: Marcia McDermott resigned as coach of the WUSA champion Carolina Courage, saying "the timing is right in my life to step away from coaching." McDermott, the only female head coach in the two seasons of the WUSA, guided the Courage to a worst-to-first season. Her record was 20-17-7. Manchester United star David Beckham could be sidelined for three weeks with a broken rib.

COLLEGES: Florida State's women qualified for the NCAA Cross Country Championships by finishing second behind Tennessee in the South Region meet at Maryville, Tenn. South Florida just missed by placing third, and Florida was sixth. The Seminoles were led by Vicky Gill's first-place finish and an eighth by Natalie Hughes. USF's Christa Benton was third and qualified individually for the championships. In the men's race, Florida lost out by finishing third behind Tennessee and Alabama. Florida State was fourth and South Florida 11th, but the Seminoles' Joep Tigchelaar (fourth) and the Bulls' Andrew Smith (ninth) qualified. In volleyball, FSU (19-11, 10-6 ACC) ended the regular season with a 3-0 loss to host North Carolina after beating North Carolina State 3-0 a day earlier. Host Tampa (25-6) closed out a perfect Sunshine State Conference volleyball season (14-0) with a 3-0 defeat of Florida Southern. In another SSC closer, host Saint Leo needed five games to beat Eckerd.

TENNIS: Top-ranked Lleyton Hewitt closed in on a second straight Masters Cup title by beating Roger Federer 7-5, 5-7, 7-5 at Shanghai, China. In today's final, he faces Juan Carlos Ferrero, who beat Carlos Moya 6-7 (6-8), 6-4, 6-4. No. 5 Justine Henin, 20, and Pierre-Yves Hardenne were married in the village of Marloie, Belgium, where they live.

ICE SKATING: Americans gave commanding free-skate performances in the Lalique Trophy at Paris, with Sasha Cohen and Michael Weiss winning titles. Weiss leapt from fifth place. Cohen overtook Yoshie Onda. Elena Grushina and Ruslan Goncharov won ice dancing, Tatiana Totmianina and Maxim Marinin the pairs.

SWIMMING: Amanda Beard won the 100 breaststroke at the FINA World Cup in Rio de Janeiro.

BOXING: Erik Morales won the vacant WBC featherweight title with a unanimous 12-round decision over Paulie Ayala in Las Vegas. Sven Ottke defended his IBF super-middleweight title a 16th time with a unanimous decision over Rudy Markussen in Nuremberg, Germany.

SKIING: Reinar Schoenfelder overtook first-run leader Tom Rothrock to win the NorAm Cup slalom race at Georgetown, Colo.

AMERICA'S CUP: Quarterfinal races were abandoned because of strong winds off Auckland, New Zealand.

_ Compiled from Times wires.

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