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ACC honors Ward, others at gala

Ex-FSU standout Charlie Ward, who won the Heisman Trophy as a QB, was recognized as the third greatest male athlete in the ACC's 50-year history at the gala event in Greensboro, N.C. North Carolina's Michael Jordan (basketball) and N.C. State's David Thompson (basketball) were Nos. 1 and 2. Rounding out the top 10 were Wake Forest's Arnold Palmer (golf), Maryland's Randy White (football), Virginia's Ralph Sampson (basketball), UNC's Lawrence Taylor (football), Wake's Tim Duncan (basketball), UNC's Phil Ford (basketball) and Maryland's Renaldo Nehemiah (track). The top 10 female athletes were UNC's Mia Hamm (soccer) and Marion Jones (track/basketball), Virginia's Dawn Staley (basketball), N.C. State's Julie Shea (track/cross country) and Joan Benoit (track), UNC's Sue Walsh (swimming), Duke's Alana Beard (basketball), Maryland's Jen Adams (lacrosse), Duke's Vanessa Webb (tennis) and UNC's Charlotte Smith (basketball). "I'm not surprised to be here, I'm just surprised to be one of the honorees," Ward said.

_ BRIAN LANDMAN

QUESTION OF THE DAY

Which team won the first ACC men's basketball tournament?

Answer below.

QUOTABLE

"The breakdown: 18 pitchers, seven position players and eight guys to shag caps thrown by Lou Piniella."

_ BILL SCHEFT

Sports Illustrated, on the 33 nonroster players in the

Devil Rays camp

ANSWER

N.C. State beat Wake Forest 82-80 in overtime in 1954.

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