The longest winning streak in women's basketball history ends when Villanova uses an 18-2 second-half run to beat the No. 1 Huskies 52-48 in the Big East tournament final. Connecticut's first loss since the 2001 NCAA Tournament semifinals left it 18 wins short of tying the UCLA men for the longest streak ever in college basketball.
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Bad day for streaks
Damian Costantino's NCAA-record hitting streak ended at 60 games Tuesday, one day after he broke Yankees third baseman Robin Ventura's 16-year-old mark. Costantino, an outfielder for Division III Salve Regina of Newport, R.I., failed to get a hit in the first game of a doubleheader against Baldwin-Wallace. It was the first time he finished a game hitless since March 25, 2001. Monday, Costantino broke the record 58-game streak set by Ventura for Division I Oklahoma State in 1987. Costantino said he felt some relief that the streak is over. "I can't wait to start another," he said.
"If he comes to apologize, I will punch him right in the face. And then I'll kill him."
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Phillies closer on ex-Indians teammate Omar Vizquel, who criticized him in a book last year. Details, 4C
The top NHRA pro categories (Top Fuel, Funny Car, Pro Stock and Pro Stock Bike) will compete in the Gatornationals this weekend at Gainesville Raceway. Some sportsman support series divisions will move to Orlando Speed World Dragway for preliminary competition. An item in Tuesday's Times gave incorrect information.