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Vols' comeback stuns LSU

Tennessee refused to be part of LSU's feel-good story.

Gerald Riggs Jr. pushed into the end zone from a yard out in overtime to give the 10th-ranked Volunteers a 30-27 comeback win Monday night in the Tigers' long-awaited, hurricane-delayed home opener.

LSU transfer Rick Clausen led the Volunteers (2-1, 1-1 Southeastern Conference) back from a 21-point deficit in the second half to tie it at 24 with 2:02 left on a field goal.

"Getting done what he got done, coming back here to win this football game at a place where he had been, I don't know if there is a better story in the world than what this guy has done," Tennessee coach Phillip Fulmer said.

The No. 4 Tigers (1-1, 0-1) had first crack in overtime, but managed only a 30-yard field goal by Colt David.

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All-Pac-10 player Polk dies

Arizona basketball center Shawntinice Polk, a three-time all-Pac-10 selection and two-time honorable mention All-America selection, collapsed at McKale Center and later died.

The 6-foot-5, 225-pound senior had not been working out or practicing when she collapsed Monday.

"There was not a workout involved, there was not a practice involved, she just was not feeling well," athletic director Jim Livengood said.

The 22-year-old Polk had asthma, Livengood said, but he declined to say whether the collapse was related to that ailment and said it was premature to talk about a cause of death.

Polk was the driving force behind a team that went 20-12 and earned an NCAA tournament berth last season. She led the conference in blocked shots at 2.1 per game last season and was third in rebounding at eight per game.

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Millers win mixed team title

Allen and Cindy Miller, teaching pros at the Wehrle Golf Dome in Williamsville, won the LPGA Northeast Section Mixed Team championship on Monday, shooting an even-par 72 in the one-day event held at the Wild Pines Country Club in Pocono Summit, Pa.

"It was kind of neat," said Cindy. "We've been married for 24 years but never played in a tournament together. We've probably got more PGA and LPGA experience than any other couple in the world."

The tournament format was best-ball for the first nine and alternate shots on the back nine.

"I made a 3-footer for birdie on the first hole and we had a bogey on a par five. Other than that we made 16 pars," Cindy said. "Allen made some clutch putts to save pars."

Cindy Miller picked up 200 points toward Player of the Year honors in the LPGA Teaching Pros Division. She is second on the LPGA Senior Tour money list, earning an exemption for 2006.

In other golf news, George Archer, who won the 1969 Masters and 11 other titles on the PGA Tour, died after a yearlong battle with Burkitts Lymphoma. He was 65.

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Around & about

Two players from Niagara were named Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference players of the week. In women's soccer Stephanie Gartley earned rookie of the week honors for the fourth time. She ranks second in the conference in goals (eight) and points (20). In volleyball, Micole Daluisio (Lancaster) was named defensive player of the week for the second time. In three matches this weekend, she averaged 5.14 digs per game. . . . Buffalo State running back James Perkins was named the Atlantic Central Football Conference Co-Offensive Player of the Week. Perkins rushed for 123 yards and two touchdowns in the Bengals 27-20 win at Cortland. . . . Sarah Doster (Williamsville North) from Geneseo was named the field hockey player of the week for the State University of New York Athletic Conference. Doster leads the Knights in scoring with six goals and three assists.

Left wing Jeff Friesen was traded to the Washington Capitals by the New Jersey Devils for a conditional 2006 draft pick.

Compiled from News and wire service reports.

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