Sunday, May 23, 2004

XU, OSU fail to make
NCAA Div. I golf finals


The Enquirer and wire reports

Xavier University's golf team concluded competition at the NCAA Division I Central Regional Championships Saturday at West Lafayette, Ind., finishing 23rd with a three-round total of 940. Ohio State finished 14th with a 918.

Kentucky, led by medalist John Holmes' 2-under-par 214, won the regional with a 54-hole score of 882. The Wildcats finished 11 strokes ahead of second-place Oklahoma State (893).

Ohio State's Big Ten medalist, Kevin Hall (Winton Woods/St. Rita School for the Deaf), shot a three-round total of 232 to tie for 60th.

XU's finishers: John Streibich (T66, 233); Jason Kokrak (T80, 235); Miles Maillet (T97, 238); Andy Pope (T89, 240); Neal Grusczynski (137th, 253).

The top 10 teams advancing to the NCAA Championships June 1-4 are (in order of finish) UK, Oklahoma State, Oklahoma, Texas A&M, Texas, TCU, Purdue, Wichita State, SMU, and Kent State.

U.S. OPEN QUALIFIER: The 18-hole local qualifier is Monday at Maketewah. For tee times go online:


BROWNS: Wide receiver Dennis Northcutt agreed to terms on a new three-year contract with Cleveland, three months after being denied free agency after his agent missed a deadline. He had been seeking a deal worth $3 million a season.

Horse racing

BELMONT PARK: Purge pulled away from the field in the stretch and won the $200,000 Peter Pan Stakes by 6 3/4 lengths over Swingforthefences. Purge earned a start in two weeks in the Belmont Stakes, where Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner Smarty Jones will attempt to become the first Triple Crown champ in 26 years.

Purge, ridden by John Velazquez, finished second to Smarty Jones in the Rebel Stakes and fifth to that colt in the Arkansas Derby.


STRASBOURG OPEN: Top-seeded Lindsay Davenport was upset in the final by Luxembourg's Claudine Schaul, a 66th-ranked player who won her first title. Schaul won 2-6, 6-0, 6-3 against a player who is ranked No. 4 and is a three-time Grand Slam champion.

CASABLANCA: Qualifier Santiago Ventura upset top-seeded Dominik Hrbaty 6-3, 1-6, 6-4 in the final.

RAIFFEISEN GP: Filippo Volandri won the first ATP title of his career, defeating Xavier Malisse 6-1, 6-4 in the final at St. Poelten, Austria.


MAYWEATHER WINS: Crafty and powerful, Floyd Mayweather Jr. made the jump in weight class look easy.

Mayweather overwhelmed DeMarcus "Chop Chop" Corley on Saturday in a 140-pound WBC elimination bout.

Shaking off two minor injuries and a fourth-round scare, Mayweather (32-0) knocked Corley down twice and toyed with him for much of the 12-round fight, coasting to victory and a possible showdown with junior welterweight champ Arturo Gatti.

College baseball

UC WINS FINALE: John Deluca hit a three-run homer in the sixth inning to lift the Bearcats past UAB 7-4 for their first victory at new UC Baseball Stadium on the final day of the season. UC finished 15-40 overall, 6-24 in Conference USA.


PHELPS WINS, LOSES: Michael Phelps defeated world champion Ian Crocker to win the 100-meter butterfly but lost the 200 backstroke in the Santa Clara meet. Gary Hall Jr., the defending Olympic champion, finished third in the 50 freestyle.

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