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Indiana holds off late surge by Gonzaga

Indiana looked to be in cruise control leading by 17 points with 3:02 to play.

Gonzaga, however, came up with an impressive closing run that fell one point short so the Hoosiers get a third try at winning the Maui Invitational.

No. 19 Indiana beat the 20th-ranked Bulldogs, 76-75, Tuesday night and will play Virginia in tonight's championship game (9:30, ESPN).

This will be the Hoosiers' third title-game appearance on Maui and the first two ended in losses to Syracuse in 1990 and 1998.

"We're definitely blessed to be able to play for the championship," Indiana coach Mike Davis said. "But that's why we came over, to win the Maui Invitational."

This time the opponent is Virginia (3-0), which beat No. 15 Kentucky, 75-61.

"Virginia's a great basketball team and we're going to have to play well to beat them," Indiana guard Tom Coverdale said.

Devin Smith hit three three-pointers in the final six minutes -- one more than Kentucky managed in the game -- for Virginia.

Kentucky (1-1) went 2-for-22 from three-point range, missing its first 17 attempts.

Elsewhere in college basketball:

Jason Keep scored 30 points and San Diego got two three-pointers in overtime to upset No. 14 UCLA, 86-81. Jason Blair added 17 points for the Toreros, who beat a ranked team for just the second time in school history.

North Carolina (3-0) brings the youngest team in the country, a squad which starts three freshmen, against Kansas (2-0) in the semifinals of the Preseason NIT tonight. In the doubleheader opener (7 and 9:30 p.m., ESPN2), No. 8 Florida (3-0) faces Stanford (3-0).

Leonard Stokes (Turner/Carroll) scored 14 points as No. 21 Cincinnati survived another round of poor shooting and beat Florida A&M, 80-53.

Ball State forward Theron Smith, who led the Mid-American Conference in rebounding (10.9) and was third in scoring (19.6) last season, will sit out this season due to knee tendinitis.

Tiger on the prowl in Grand Slam event

Tiger Woods wants to win every tournament, whether it's the Masters or an all-star event like the PGA Grand Slam of Golf.

"I'm here to compete, there's no doubt about that," he said. "I'm here to win."

The Masters and U.S. Open champion shot a 6-under-par 66 Tuesday to take a three-stroke lead over Justin Leonard in the PGA Grand Slam of Golf in Poipu Beach, Hawaii.

Davis Love III and PGA Championship winner Rich Beem opened with a 72 in the 36-hole event.

Ex-Seminole goes out with a verbal bang

Quarterback Adrian McPherson blasted Florida State coaches, one day after he was kicked off the team amid reports that police planned to question him in the theft and forgery of a blank check.

McPherson said the staff failed to gather all the facts before hastily dismissing him after a 17-7 loss Saturday at North Carolina State.

"I think they should have found out everything that went on before they kicked me off the team," McPherson said.

Florida State coach Bobby Bowden, unaware of McPherson's news conference, said following practice in Tallahassee he was willing to re-evaluate the 19-year-old sophomore's status after "the thing has settled down."

But McPherson said he never wants to play for him again.

"How could I go on the field and give my all for someone who turned their back on me?" he said.

Elsewhere in college football:

North Carolina State accepted a bid to play in the Gator Bowl.

Columbia coach Ray Tellier was fired after 14 seasons but will remain at the school as an assistant athletics director.

Yanks told Colon not on the market

The New York Yankees have called the Montreal Expos with offers for Bartolo Colon but, according to a baseball official, Expos GM Omar Minaya told them the right-hander is not on the market.

Minaya hinted there are two reasons he's not dealing.

"Teams have made me offers -- would you be interested in so-and-so? -- but I don't have a budget from MLB yet, so I don't have to move anyone. We have a good team. We finished in second place (83-79 in the NL East) this year. I think if you talked to the experts, they'd say we can contend."

Elsewhere in baseball:

Jim Thome reportedly will choose between two offers by Thursday: Philadelphia's six-year, $95 million bid or Cleveland's five-year, $60 million offering.

New York Mets outfielder Roger Cedeno was arrested Tuesday at 3 a.m. and charged with driving under the influence in southwest Florida.

Bill Lajoie, 68, a veteran of almost five decades in baseball, was hired by the Boston Red Sox as a special assistant to the general manager -- the first former GM to join the staff of 28-year-old Theo Epstein.

Albenasi gets off to a flying start

In nonleague high school basketball openers, Charles Albenasi scored 32 points and pulled down 20 rebounds to lead St. Mary's/Deaf to a 62-43 victory over Bethul Christian Academy of Jamestown. . . . Shea Mathis made four of his team-high 16 points in overtime to lead North Collins over Ripley, 58-53. . . . John Lundgren scored 19 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to lead Panama over Frewsburg, 76-56.

In girls nonleague games, Roy-Hart's Jessica Smith scored two buckets in overtime and Corser McEntry sank a key free throw to beat Lyndonville, 45-43. . . . North Tonawanda's Katie Miranto netted a game-high 17 points and made seven steals as the Lady Jacks beat Starpoint, 55-40. . . . Melissa Warren (17 points) and Christina Huffer (14) led Albion to a 44-38 win over Pembroke of Section V.

Olympic sports schedule could be cut this week

A vote on cutting baseball, softball and modern pentathlon from the 2008 Olympics will be taken this week, after all.

Despite pressure from some members to postpone the decision or make it apply to the games of 2012, the International Olympic Committee executive board said the vote would proceed as scheduled Friday.

The IOC board also said Tuesday that, from now on, the sports program will be thoroughly reviewed every four years after each edition of the games -- meaning all sports will have to prove they deserve to stay.

Around & About

In auto racing, Jaguar fired team director Niki Lauda, with a top executive saying the three-time Formula One champion lacked the "technical depth" to run the Ford-owned team. Lauda took over 18 months ago from Bobby Rahal.

OneWorld of Seattle and Prada of Italy went, 2-0, up in best-of-seven challenger quarterfinal races today at the America's Cup. OneWorld beat New York's Stars & Stripes by 1 minute, 50 seconds and Prada beat Sweden's Victory Challenge by 1:23.

Yevgeny Kafelnikov will have a varicose vein removed from his left leg after he plays for Russia in this week's Davis Cup final against defending champion France.

The Miami Sol is ceasing operations after three years in the WNBA because of financial difficulties and will be relocated, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reported. The Sol would become the second WNBA team to be relocated in this offseason. The Orlando Miracle was moved to San Antonio.

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