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Florida State player dies after workout

Florida State linebacker Devaughn Darling collapsed and died Monday after an early morning workout.

The 18-year-old linebacker from Houston was stricken shortly after 7 a.m. He had just finished intensive agility and conditioning drills with teammates, including his twin brother Devard, at the football complex.

The cause of death was not immediately determined. An autopsy, requested by school police, will be done today.

"This is standard procedure in a death of this nature," Lt. Jack Handley said of the autopsy request. "We're currently doing the death investigation."

Devard Darling, coach Bobby Bowden and other players and coaches were at the hospital when the player was pronounced dead by an emergency room physician.

"Obviously, it's a very emotional time for everyone associated with our program," athletic director David Hart said. "We're all in a state of shock."

Bowden was spending the rest of the day with the Darling family.

"Right now we're all pretty dazed," Bowden said. "I think all of our thoughts, prayers and wishes should be with his mom, his dad, his twin brother and all of the family members."

The school deployed about 10 counselors and team chaplain Clint Purvis to meet with teammates. Many were still sobbing several hours later as they talked in disbelief.

Florida State athletes receive a physical that includes an EKG when they report for football practice in the summer, spokesman Rob Wilson said.

Devaughn Darling, one of the youngest players on the team, started on special teams last season as a freshman. He was to begin spring practice next week as a starter at outside linebacker.

He was credited with 11 tackles in seven games during the season, including two solo stops against Clemson.

Texas defensive end dies in car crash

Texas defensive end Cole Pittman was found dead Monday at the scene of a one-car accident.

State troopers discovered Pittman's pickup truck on the side of U.S. Route 79 nearly Easterly, about 100 miles northeast of Austin.

Pittman, a sophomore who had played in 23 games in two seasons at Texas, was returning to school from his family's home in Shreveport, La.

Longhorns coach Mack Brown told the team Monday afternoon at a meeting that had been scheduled to prepare for spring practice. The workouts were supposed to begin today, but have been postponed. No new date has been given.

"This is the hardest thing I have faced in 29 years of coaching," Brown said. "We've lost a member of our family and it really hurts. Every member of our team is like a son and you can never prepare yourself for something like this. I don't even know how to begin."

Pittman's truck went off the road about 7:45 a.m., went down a creek embankment and went airborne before it landed on the other side and flipped, said DPS spokeswoman Tela Mange.

No cause of the crash had been determined, Mange said.

The 6-foot-5, 265-pound Pittman played defensive tackle as a freshman, then moved to end this past season. He started the first three games in 2000. He had 30 tackles, two sacks, five tackles for loss, five quarterback pressures and caused one fumble in his career.

Ray Lewis named in wrongful death suit

Ray Lewis was sued for $10 million in a wrongful death case stemming from a slaying outside an Atlanta nightclub 13 months ago.

Lewis, the Super Bowl MVP for the Baltimore Ravens, was charged with murdering Richard Lollar and Jacinth Baker after the fatal Jan. 31 street fight that erupted after a post-Super Bowl party. However, the charge was dropped during a four-week trial last spring and Lewis pleaded guilty to misdemeanor obstruction of justice.

The suit, filed in Fulton County State Court on behalf of the 1-year-old daughter of Lollar, also names former Lewis companions Joseph Sweeting and Reginald Oakley, who were acquitted of murder charges.

Also named as defendants were Kwame King and Carlos Stafford Jr., who were part of Lewis' entourage that night but were not charged in the killings.

Draw opens in Scottsdale for Shaughnessy

Meghann Shaughnessy, on the fringe of the WTA Tour's elite, needs a strong showing at the State Farm Women's Tennis Classic to close the gap.

After a 4-6, 6-2, 6-3 victory over Russian teen-ager Elena Bovina, Shaughnessy must beat the winner of a match between qualifier Nadeja Petrova and Daja Bedanova to reach the quarterfinals. That might help Shaughnessy move up from the career-high No. 26 world ranking she held last week.

A touring pro from Scottsdale, the eighth-seeded Shaughnessy could revitalize a tournament that is missing some marquee names. Serena Williams bowed out last week, and defending French Open champion Mary Pierce withdrew Monday because of ankle tendinitis. Pierce was seeded fourth.

Lareau gets shot but falls to Hewitt

Jason Stoltenberg got his revenge on Sebastien Lareau -- well, kind of.

Lareau defeated Stoltenberg in the semifinals of the Kroger St. Jude last week in Memphis, Tenn. Stoltenberg was originally scheduled to play second-seeded Lleyton Hewitt in the first round of the Sybase Open on Monday. But Stoltenberg was forced to withdraw from the tournament Friday with an injury to his right biceps.

Taking Stoltenberg's place in the draw? Lareau.

Some reward for Lareau making it to just the third semifinal of his career. The Canadian had to go up against one of the top young players in the game, and Hewitt trounced him, 6-3, 6-1.

Andre Agassi, the No. 1 seed and the No. 1 player in the world, plays his first-round match tonight against Korean Hyung-Taik Lee.

Houston shares A-10 Player of Week award

St. Bonaventure senior forward Kevin Houston has been named Atlantic 10 Conference men's basketball co-player of the week for the period of Feb. 18-24, sharing the award with St. Joseph's guard Marvin O'Connor. It is the second time Houston has won the honor this season.

He averaged 22 points and 10.5 rebounds in two games, a 77-60 loss to Xavier and an 84-74 win over Fordham. Houston leads the Bonnies in scoring (19.1), rebounding (7.2) and three-point shooting (36.3 percent) this season.

LeMoyne's Jen Feher, a graduate of Depew High School, has been named the Northeast-10 Conference women's basketball freshman of the week for a fourth time this season. She scored 44 points and grabbed 29 rebounds in wins over Saint Rose, Southern Connecticut and Merrimack. Feher has posted seven double-doubles this season.

Around & About

Oscar De La Hoya, involved in a legal battle with HBO, will fight on the cable network March 24 when he returns from an eight-month layoff.

An agreement to televise the fight against Arturo Gatti at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas was reached Friday between the network and promoter Jerry Perenchio. Perenchio became De La Hoya's promoter when the boxer broke with Bob Arum's Top Rank, Inc.

The eight Germans who ran in the same race with former Olympic champion Dieter Baumann last weekend have been suspended by track and field's governing body. Baumann obtained a court order to compete at the German indoor championship in Dortmund despite a two-year international ban for drug use.

Midfielder DaMarcus Beasley, hoping to play in his first World Cup qualifier, will miss Wednesday night's game against Mexico because of a leg injury. Bobby Convey of D.C. United was called in to replace him.

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