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HUIXQUILUCAN, Mexico - Meaghan Francella made a 4-foot birdie putt and beat Annika Sorenstam on the fourth hole of a playoff Monday to win the rain-delayed MasterCard Classic for her first victory on the LPGA Tour. Francella, making only her sixth start on the tour, began the day with a one-stroke lead. The 24-year-old American needed a birdie at No. 16 to reclaim a share of the lead and force the playoff with Sorenstam, who had bogeyed the hole earlier. Francella closed with a 3-under 69 for an 11-under 205. Sorenstam, making her first start of the season, closed with a 66.

Source: Assistant coach reported Chatman

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BATON ROUGE, La. - Former LSU women's basketball coach Pokey Chatman was not allowed to be alone with her players after assistant coach Carla Berry reported alleged improper conduct to the university in February, a school official with direct knowledge of the matter told The Associated Press on Monday. After Chatman abruptly resigned last Wednesday, The Times-Picayune of New Orleans reported the school's discovery of alleged inappropriate conduct with one or more players led to her resignation. None of the players is on the team now. Berry, who joined former coach Sue Gunter's staff in 2001, currently coordinates recruiting and oversees squad academics.

Davies finishes No. 1 in Myrtle Beach

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MYRTLE BEACH - A 1-under-par 71 was enough for East Tennessee State two-time first- team All-American Rhys Davies to capture a record 10th individual championship Monday in the General Hackler Invitational at the TPC of Myrtle Beach. The senior posted a tournament- record 10-under 206 total. The defending tournament champion Bucs finish fifth.

Tapia critical after apparent overdose

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ALBUQUERQUE - Five-time world champion fighter Johnny Tapia was hospitalized in critical condition Monday after an apparent cocaine overdose. Police spokeswoman Trish Hoffman said the 40-year-old Tapia was taken to an area hospital after paramedics responded to an early- morning call about a person who wasn't breathing at a hotel room. "It appears to be an overdose," Hoffman said. "He will be charged with possession of a controlled substance." Police discovered a plastic bag containing a white substance, which Hoffman said was confirmed by tests as cocaine.

Lady Bucs to open WNIT play at Western

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JOHNSON CITY - East Tennessee State will play at Western Carolina on Thursday in the first round of the Women's National Invitation Tournament. Game times for the basketball tournament are still to be announced.

Knicks' Thomas receives extension

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GREENBURGH, N.Y. - Isiah Thomas got a multiyear contract extension Monday, nine months after he was warned the Knicks needed to show "evident progress" or he'd be out of a job. With the Knicks in the hunt for a playoff spot, Madison Square Garden chairman James Dolan announced that Thomas would return as coach and team president. Thomas added the coaching duties to his other role in June after Dolan fired Larry Brown following one season.

Bucs NIT tickets on sale

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JOHNSON CITY - Tickets for East Tennessee State's first-round game with Clemson in the men's NIT are available for purchase at the school's ticket office. Tickets for Wednesday's game at Clemson's Littlejohn Stadium are general admission and cost $10 each. Tipoff time is 6 p.m. Call the ticket office at (423) 439-3878.

Region D basketball meeting set

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NORTON - Region D boys and girls basketball coaches will meet Wednesday to select the 2006-07 all-region teams. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. at the Prime Sirloin.

U.S. women edge Sweden

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VILA REAL DE SANTO ANTONIO, Portugal - Abby Wambach scored two goals and Carli Lloyd got her fourth of the tournament, leading the United States over Sweden 3-2 on Monday night for a place in the Algarve Cup final. The United States, which won the tourney in 2000 and from 2003-05, will play Denmark in Wednesday's final.

Former backup punter pleads not guilty

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GREELEY, Colo. - A former Northern Colorado backup punter accused of stabbing the starter pleaded not guilty Monday to charges of attempted murder and assault. Mitch Cozad, who is free on bail, is accused of leaving a 3- to 5-inch deep gash in Rafael Mendoza's kicking leg during a Sept. 11 ambush. The trial was set for July 30.

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