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BULLS CAPTURE BIG EAST MEN'S GOLF CROWN

Colleges

KISSIMMEE - USF won the Big East men's golf championship Tuesday, finishing four strokes ahead of St. John's at Reunion.

USF freshman Chase Koepka shot 69 for a three-day total of 7-under 209 to finish second, a stroke behind Cincinnati's David Tepe. The Bulls were in a tight pack on the back nine with four teams within three strokes of the lead, but four of USF's five golfers went bogey-free down the stretch. USF finished at 6-under 858 total.

"These guys stepped up like I have never seen a team step up in my life," Bulls coach Chris Malloy said. "It was not an easy stretch of holes, and they just made birdie after birdie and clutch par after clutch par."

USF plays in the NCAA regionals May 16-18, with their site to be determined.

Basketball:Eli Carter, a star guard who received his release from Rutgers after coach Mike Rice was fired amid allegations of abusing players, announced he will transfer to Florida. Carter, who is 6 feet 2, led the Scarlet Knights in scoring as a freshman (13.8 points per game) and sophomore (14.9) before a broken leg ended his season in February. He has two years of eligibility remaining.

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Soccer

FIFA head Blatter cleared in probe

Labeled "clumsy" for his part in one of soccer's biggest corruption scandals, FIFA president Sepp Blatter was nonetheless cleared of criminal or ethical wrongdoing in a case involving millions of dollars in bribes for World Cup contracts. His predecessor, 96-year-old Joao Havelange, was forced to step down as honorary president because of his involvement in the case.

Europe: Borussia Dortmund reached its first Champions League final since 1997 despite a 2-0 loss at Real Madrid. The German club won 4-3 on aggregate and held on after Karim Benzema and Sergio Ramos scored for the host in the final 10 minutes.

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Autos

NASCAR suspends crewmen for fight

NASCAR suspended two Richard Childress Racing crew members for four Nationwide Series races after they were arrested for fighting with driver Nelson Piquet Jr. at Richmond. Thomas Costello and Michael Searce were also fined $15,000 each.

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Et cetera

Arena League: Storm QB Adrian McPherson was named the league's offensive player of the week. The former FSU star accounted for 10 touchdown in Saturday's 70-62 win at Spokane.

Golf: The PGA Tour dropped its doping case against Vijay Singh based on new info from the World Anti-Doping Agency, which said using deer antler spray is no longer prohibited because it contains so little growth hormone.

Tennis: Radek Stepanek defeated No.7 seed Mikhail Youzhny 6-4, 5-7, 6-4 in the first round of the BMW Open in Munich.

Times staff writers Greg Auman and Antonya English; Times wires

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