SPRING SPORTS ROUNDUP
Rebel golfers lead way
at Seminole tournament
n Men’s golf: Leads Seminole Intercollegiate at Tallahassee, Fla., after first day (288). The Rebels are a shot ahead of Virginia; Rebel Joe David is tied for the individual lead at 67.
n Women’s tennis: Rebels (4-3) lost at No. 2 Georgia 6-1. Freshman Kristi Boxx defeated the nation’s No. 6 player Chelsey Gullickson, 6-3, 6-3. Men’s defeat No. 2 Georgia, page 1B.
n Softball: The Rebels (11-6) open SEC play today at Auburn with a doubleheader.
n Softball: In Hawaii, Mississippi State (12-5) lost to Oregon State 2-0. Chelsea Bramlett had three of MSU’s six hits. Their game against Hawaii was not complete by deadline.
n Men’s golf: Tied for fourth with host Florida State (292) at Seminole Intercollegiate.
n Tennis: The men (4-3) lost 5-2 to No. 5 Tennessee, while the women (8-1) lost 5-2 at No. 12 Tennessee to begin SEC play.
U.S, Swiss teams tied
after Davis Cup’s first day
n BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Andy Roddick dominated early and dove late. With that crowd-pleasing combination, he moved the United States into a tie with Switzerland in the Davis Cup and pulled himself even with Andre Agassi.
Roddick beat Marco Chiudinelli 6-1, 6-3, 7-6 (5) on Friday, tying the Davis Cup match at 1 apiece after James Blake’s four-set loss to Switzerland’s Stanislas Wawrinka put the U.S. in an early hole on the indoor hard court.
Roddick saved his best move for the end, when Chiudinelli was battling to send the match to another set in front of 14,723 fans.
Tied at 4 in the tiebreaker, No. 6-ranked Roddick made a diving backhand that Chiudinelli managed to return, but the Swiss player could only watch from the side as Roddick sent another backhand into a vacant court.
Roddick moved into a tie with Agassi with his 30th U.S. Davis Cup victory, trailing only John McEnroe (41).
No. 16-ranked Wawrinka took some of the pressure off the 341st-ranked Chiudinelli. He beat Blake 3-6, 6-4, 6-3, 7-6 (3) to get the Swiss off to a nice start.
U.S. WBC squad eager
for good showing this time
n TORONTO – Derek Jeter is taking this tournament personally. Chipper Jones and Jake Peavy are, too.
Holdovers from Team USA’s eighth-place finish at the inaugural World Baseball Classic in 2006, all three stars are eager to make amends in the second incarnation of the 16-team event.
The way they see it, it’s time to take back America’s game.
The United States worked out Friday in preparation for its tournament opener today against Canada, and Jones said new manager Davey Johnson made it clear from the outset that this U.S. squad would not accept falling short.
Despite a roster filled with major league All-Stars, the U.S. finished 3-3 at the first WBC — with losses on home soil to Canada, South Korea and Mexico — and was knocked out in the second round. Japan beat Cuba in the championship game.
Jeter, Jones and Peavy all played for Team USA in 2006. Los Angeles Angels reliever Scot Shields is the only other holdover.
Tebow gets clearance
to continue fundraising
n GAINESVILLE, Fla. – When Florida quarterback Tim Tebow leaves for the Philippines next week, he won’t have to worry about the mission trip affecting his NCAA eligibility.
A day after Gators coach Urban Meyer told lawmakers in Tallahassee that Tebow returned for his senior season partly because he was granted a waiver from the NCAA to raise money for the orphanage his father helps out with in the Philippines, the NCAA clarified its position on the matter.
Tebow was not given special permission to raise money for Uncle Dick’s Home, said Erik Christianson, director of public and media relations for the NCAA. Tebow always has been allowed to promote the orphanage as long as he abides by guidelines set forth in NCAA bylaw 188.8.131.52.
Daily Journal, wire reports