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Top-ranked Irish women fall

PISCATAWAY, N.J. -- Tammy Sutton-Brown converted a three-point play with 28.1 seconds remaining and blocked a last-second shot as No. 11 Rutgers (18-6 overall, 10-3 in the Big East Conference) took a 54-53 win over No. 1 Notre Dame (23-1, 12-1) and ended the Irish's 23-game winning streak in women's basketball.

Sutton-Brown, who led Rutgers with 12 points, blocked a shot by Notre Dame's Niele Ivey with two seconds remaining to preserve the victory. Kelley Siemon had 19 points and a career-high 15 rebounds for Notre Dame.

Songandaprayer wins Fountain of Youth

HALLANDALE, Fla. -- Long shot Songandaprayer led from wire to wire in winning the Grade 1 $200,000 Fountain of Youth Stakes by 2 1/2 lengths Saturday at Gulfstream Park.

Songandaprayer, whose majority owner is former Duke basketball star Bobby Hurley, ran 1 1/1 6 miles in 1:43 2/5 . The 18-1 choice, ridden by Edgar Prado, paid $38, $14 and $9.

Favorite Outofthebox was left at the gate but recovered to finish second in the final major prep race for the $1 million Florida Derby on March 10.

In a seven-furlong allowance race that followed the feature, highly touted A P Valentine finished third behind Hero's Tribute. A P Valentine, trained by Nick Zito for former Boston Celtics coach Rick Pitino, won the Grade 1 Champagne Stakes at Belmont in October and began the weekend as the co-favorite in Pool One of the Kentucky Derby future book.

Songandaprayer, a $1 million purchase last year, is from the first crop of Unbridled's Song. The colt broke on top in a field of 11, pulled away at the top of the backstretch and opened up a 4-length lead on the backstretch. He maintained a relatively even pace throughout, posting fractions of 23.82, 46.96, 1:10.96 and 1:36.44.

Outofthebox, who paid $4.20 and $3.20, closed to 1 1/2 lengths at the top of the stretch but could get no closer. City Zip, who paid $3.80 to show, trailed Outofthebox by three-quarters of a length. Global Gait finished fourth, another 4 1/2 lengths back.

Couch advances to title game

BURLINGTON, N.C. -- Jason Couch easily advanced to the title game in the Tar Heel Open, finishing one victory short of PBA Tour's 32-game match-play record.

Couch, seeking his ninth career victory, had a 26-6 record. Parker Bohn III set the record of 26-5-1 in 1992 in Tokyo. Couch finished with a 48-game total of 11,628.

Ricky Ward had an 11,454 total to take the second spot in today's five-man stepladder final (12:30 p.m., ESPN). Mike Aulby was third at 11,282, followed by Eric Forkel (11,259) and Bohn (11,191). The winner will receive $20,000.

Hingis vs. Testud in Qatar final

Martina Hingis routed Barbara Schett of Austria, 6-1, 6-2, setting up a match with Sandrine Testud of France in today's final of the $170,000 Qatar Open in Qatar.

Testud, seeded third, ended the run by Adriana Gersi, beating the Czech, 6-1, 6-1, in the other semifinal.

Hingis, ranked No. 1, and Testud have played each other 13 times and the Swiss star has yet to lose.

Elsewhere, Venus Williams was ousted in straight sets by Magdalena Maleeva in the semifinals of the Terazura Open in Nice, France. Maleeva, an unseeded Bulgarian, won, 7-6 (8), 6-4, with the top-seeded Williams double faulting twice in the final game. Maleeva will face Amelie Mauresmo of France in today's final.

Former Oregon coach dead at 76

EUGENE, Ore. -- Former Oregon football coach Jerry Frei died in Denver after an extended illness related to heart disease. He was 76.

Frei coached Oregon from 1967 to 1971, compiling a record of 22-29-4. His teams included future NFL stars Dan Fouts and Ahmad Rashad but Frei was criticized for his coaching style, and because he never beat Oregon State.

Lightning stays alive

Shane Presley scored the winner and Lee Stempniak and Just Siebold scored two goals each as the Buffalo Lightning stayed alive in the Ontario Provincial Junior A Hockey League playoffs with a 6-5 victory over the Mississauga Cougars at the West Seneca Recreation Center.

Mississauga leads the best-of-seven series, 3-2, and will host the sixth game tonight at 7:30. Game Seven, if necessary, will be Monday night at 8:15 at the West Seneca Recreation Center.

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