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Div. III player sets hit streak


Damian Costantino, who plays for Division III Salve Regina, broke Robin Ventura's NCAA baseball record for consecutive games with a hit Monday, singling against Mount Union (Ohio) to extend his run to 59. Costantino, a 24-year-old outfielder from Warwick, R.I., hit a run-scoring single over second with one out in the third. His teammates rushed the field to mob him as the play ended. "As soon as the ball went over the pitcher's head, I knew it," Costantino said. "There is no emotion right now. I think the emotion will come when I tell my dad. It hasn't sunk in yet." His father, Gary Costantino, has stomach cancer and could not make the trip to see his son break the record in a tournament in Fort Myers.

Knight declines $250,000 salary

Bob Knight told Texas Tech he wouldn't accept his $250,000 coaching salary this year because his team failed to live up to his expectations _ and so did he. "He has standards," Texas Tech men's basketball spokesman Randy Farley said Monday. "He just didn't meet his standards, and so he said, "I don't think I should be paid for that.' " Tech (16-11, 6-10) is the No. 7 seed in the Big 12 tournament and plays Baylor on Thursday. "I'm just not at all satisfied with what transpired with our team in terms of our fundamental execution," Knight told the Dallas Morning News. "I don't think it's anybody's fault but mine." His five-year contract is worth $4.5-million. He makes $250,000 in base pay, $150,000 in deferred annual income and $500,000 in guaranteed outside income through May 2006.


STORM-BUCS LOVEFEST: The Storm will honor the Super Bowl champion Bucs at Sunday's noon home game against the Orlando Predators. Bucs coach Jon Gruden, whose brother Jay plays quarterback for the Predators (he's injured), has been asked to perform the opening coin toss.