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Guard Allan Ray has a mild sprain in his left knee and is questionable for Wednesday's game against St. John's. The No. 4 Wildcats feared worse after Allan heard a pop in his knee late in Sunday's loss to Connecticut. An MRI exam revealed the sprain. Ray, the team's second-leading scorer at 18.9 points per game, complained of soreness Monday and did not practice.

Nation: Washington State

coach expected to retire

PULLMAN, Wash. - Washington State scheduled a news conference for today at which coach Dick Bennett is expected to announce his retirement. He will be succeeded by his son. Bennett, 62, who was hired in March 2003, is 36-46, including 11-14 and 4-12 in the Pac-10 this season. Tony Bennett, an associate coach and primary recruiter who played for his father at Wisconsin-Green Bay, was named his successor in the summer. But his father did not give a timetable.

SEC

LSU: Center Tyrus Thomas, the league's top shot blocker and second-best rebounder, is doubtful for tonight's game against South Carolina. The freshman sprained his right ankle when he tried for a long pass Saturday against Kentucky.

Women: Rutgers clinches

title by beating UConn

PISCATAWAY, N.J. - Cappie Pondexter scored 26 and No. 6 Rutgers won its second straight Big East regular-season title with a 48-42 win over No. 7 Connecticut.

The Scarlet Knights (24-3, 16-0) finished undefeated in the Big East for the first time in the 11 seasons in the conference and are the first team since Miami in 1992-93 to sweep the season series from the Huskies (26-4, 14-2).

Rutgers trailed by as many as 18 points in the first half but cut it to five by halftime. Pondexter's 3-pointer as the shot clock expired put it ahead 42-41 with 6:35 left. Pondexter made 1 of 2 free throws with 1:03 left to give Rutgers a 43-42 lead, and Ann Strother missed a jumper at the other end. Kia Vaughn followed with two free throws for Rutgers with 44 seconds left. Pondexter added another free throw with 16 seconds left.

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