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IT'S A GIANT PARTY IN VOLUNTEER LAND

Twenty-six days after winning the national title in the desert, the Tennessee Volunteers finally held a celebration on Saturday -- at home in the rain.

"In 1993, we said we would get to another level," said Phillip Fulmer, who took over as head coach that year. "Well, I believe we are there."

A sea of orange ponchos estimated at 35,000 to 40,000 cheered the winningest team in Tennessee history through a chilly rain at Neyland Stadium. The Vols finished 13-0 with their Fiesta Bowl victory over Florida State on Jan. 4 in Tempe, Ariz.

The Neyland scoreboards flashed the outcome: UT 23, FSU 16.

The entire game was replayed on a giant Jumbotron, with retiring "Voice of the Vols" broadcaster John Ward calling the action. The crowd roared like it was game day.

Outside the stadium, at the intersection of Stadium Drive and Peyton Manning Pass, throngs awaited the team's customary "Vol walk" to the stadium.

"We're not No. 5, not No. 4, No. 3, No. 2," a group of women dressed in orange and white from head to toe chanted. "We're No. 1. We are UT."

Grant stops former sparring partner

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. -- Unbeaten heavyweight Michael Grant put another notch in his belt, overpowering former sparring partner Ahmad Abdin and stopping him in the 10th round of their scheduled 12-rounder.

Grant, 29-0, of Norristown, Pa., knocked Abdin down with a vicious right uppercut to the body at the end of the ninth round, then came out set on putting him away in the 10th.

Early in the round, as Abdin charged toward Grant in a corner, Grant nailed him with an overhand right that dropped him again. Later in the round, he knocked Abdin down a third time with a left. Abdin (25-2-3) got up at eight, after the bell had rang.

But referee Eddie Cotton stopped the fight after the 10th.

Americans too much for Crunch

SYRACUSE -- Rochester defenseman Mike Hurlbut's goal and two assists led the Americans to a 5-1 win over division rival Syracuse in the American Hockey League.

The teams entered the third period tied at 1-1 on two first period goals -- Dean Sylvester for Rochester and Peter Schaefer for Syracuse.

Scott Nichol, Randy Cunneyworth and Domenic Pittis had the other goals for Rochester, and Martin Biron stopped 45 shots to reduce his goals-against average to 1.94.

The loss was the seventh in a row for Syracuse (12-29-7), tying a franchise record for consecutive losses. Rochester, with three wins in a row, is 29-13-3 and leads the Empire Division.

Akers scores No. 100, U.S. wins

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- Michelle Akers became only the fourth player in soccer history and the second American to score 100 international goals as the United States women's national team defeated Portugal, 6-0.

Akers' 100th goal, which leaves her fourth in the world behind retired Italians Elisabetta Vignotto (108) and Carolina Morace (105) and U.S. teammate Mia Hamm (103), came in the 40th minute in front of a crowd of 5,152 at Lockhart Stadium.