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Indiana, Gonzaga make play date year late

Indiana and Gonzaga almost met last year in a championship game in Alaska. They'll meet in a semifinal in Hawaii this year.

No. 19 Indiana beat Massachusetts, 84-71, on Monday in the opening round of the Maui Invitational, while the 20th-ranked Bulldogs beat Utah, 71-52, to set up the game that didn't happen last year in the Great Alaska Shootout.

"I guess Mike and I are following each other around in some nice places," Gonzaga coach Mark Few said, referring to Hoosiers coach Mike Davis. "We came close to playing last year, now I don't know if we should be happy we got it."

Marquette beat Indiana, 50-49, in the semifinals in Anchorage last year and the Golden Eagles went on to beat Gonzaga for the title.

"That Indiana team I saw last year got a lot better as the season went on," Few said, referring to the Hoosiers' march to the national championship game where they lost to Maryland. "This Indiana team is clearly in March form."

The other Maui Invitational semifinal on Tuesday will have No. 15 Kentucky, an 82-65 winner over Arizona State, against Virginia, which beat host Chaminade, 86-72.

Ronny Turiaf scored a career-high 24 points in as many minutes and Gonzaga (2-0) used a 19-0 run in the first half to take control against the Utes (1-1).

Tom Coverdale scored 20 points and George Leach added career highs of 19 points and 16 rebounds to lead the 1-0 Hoosiers.

Keith Bogans scored 20 points on 7-for-10 shooting from the field, including 3-for-4 from three-point range, and had a team-leading seven rebounds and four assists for the Wildcats (1-0).

Duke needs strong kick to beat Davidson

Duke has a young team this season, and the Blue Devils played that way.

Chris Duhon matched his career high with 20 points and added 10 assists as the sixth-ranked Blue Devils needed a strong finish to beat Davidson for the 16th straight time, 95-80.

Duke (2-0) defeated Army by 48 points to start the season Saturday, but struggled to put away the defending Southern Conference champions in this one, turning the ball over 21 times.

'Stone Cold' sentenced for striking wife

Professional wrestler "Stone Cold" Steve Austin pleaded no contest in San Antonio, Texas, to a charge that he hit his wife last summer.

Austin was charged with misdemeanor assault. He was sentenced to a $1,000 fine and one-year probation, domestic violence counseling and 80 hours of community service.

OneWorld tops 'Stars' but faces challenge

Seattle's OneWorld Challenge sailed to a 1 minute, 16-second win over Stars & Stripes at the America's Cup today.

OneWorld and Prada of Italy, which beat Sweden's Victory Challenge by 1:31, took 1-0 leads in best-of-seven race repechages, a first step toward the challenger semifinals starting Dec. 9.

Team legal and rules advisers were called before an international jury afterward to confront charges from Stars & Stripes that OneWorld should be thrown out of the challenger series for breaching rules of fair sailing.

In the first part of what may be a long judicial process, the jury found Stars & Stripes' protest was valid and fell within the jury's jurisdiction. OneWorld is accused of obtaining technical secrets from other teams and used them in its own design process.

Around & About

Pete Sampras has become a father for the first time. Sampras' wife, Bridgette Wilson, gave birth to Christian Charles last Thursday in Los Angeles, according to Deborah Grimes, the actress' spokeswoman. Both mother and baby are healthy, Grimes said.

The PGA Tour released a 48-tournament schedule for next year. For the first time since 1998, the Tour Championship will end the season as the only PGA Tour event that week.

CART dropped the Rockingham 500 from next season's calendar on Monday, leaving the troubled open-wheel series without any races in Europe.

Matthew Mesi scored the game-winning goal with less than 1 minute left as the Buffalo Lightning beat Mississauga, 5-3, in a Provincial Junior A Hockey League game Monday at the West Seneca Recreation Center. Mike Maier, playing his first game since missing a month with a hand injury, opening the scoring 19 seconds into the game.

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