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Florida State's 6-4 victory prolongs Gators' rough patch

Published Mar. 1, 2006

Florida State snapped a 1-1 tie with three runs in the fifth to hand Florida a 6-4 defeat Tuesday night.

FSU, ranked 10th in Baseball America's Top 25 poll, received a career-high 6 1/3 innings from junior Tyler Chambliss (4-0) and home runs from sophomores Dennis Guinn and Tony Thomas Jr. to send Florida to its third loss in four games.

Thomas connected on his third homer of the season, a two-run shot in the sixth with junior Josh Spivey aboard, giving the Seminoles (11-1) a 6-2 cushion.

Kris Gawriluk (0-1) took the loss for Florida (8-4).

Austin Pride pulled the Gators, ranked fifth by Baseball America, to within 6-4 in the eighth with his first home run of the season.

Florida's Brian Leclerc, a Northside Christian graduate from Clearwater, opened the scoring with a single in the first.

B-CC 14, UCF 2: Colin Irvine recorded four hits, including a two-run home run, and four RBI to lead the Wildcats past the host Golden Knights at Jay Bergman Field. Bethune-Cookman snapped a nine-game losing streak against UCF.

FSU SOFTBALL: The visiting Seminoles (9-5) stopped a three-game losing streak as they topped crosstown rival Florida A&M 5-2. The Rattlers dropped to 5-7.

FLORIDA GOLF: Freshman Toby Ragland matched his career-best score, a 5-under 67, during the final round of the Puerto Rico Classic to help the Gators, ranked fifth, finish in second place. Top-ranked Georgia won the tournament with 21-under 843.


Team fined for taunts

Zaragoza was fined $10,700 for racist taunts by fans at a Spanish League game in Madrid last weekend that caused Barcelona forward Samuel Eto'o to try to leave the field.

After fans made monkey noises as he prepared to take a corner kick during Barcelona's 2-0 victory Saturday at La Romareda Stadium, Eto'o could be seen saying: "I'm not playing any more."


Colt nets $16-million

A 2-year-old colt who has yet to run a race drew a world record sale price of $16-million at auction at the Fasig-Tipton sale at Calder Race Course in Miami.

Demi O'Byrne, an agent, was the bidder and purchased the colt for a team headed by John Magnier and Michael Tabor.

The sale broke the record of $13.1-million paid in the mid 1980s for Seattle Dancer, a half-brother to Triple Crown winner Seattle Slew.


Federer advances in Dubai

Top-ranked Roger Federer returned from a month's vacation and began his bid for a fourth straight Dubai Open title, beating Stanislaus Wawrinka 7-6 (7-3), 6-3 in the first round.

Also advancing was second-ranked Rafael Nadal, who defeated Paul-Henri Mathieu.

Compiled from Times wires.