South Carolina repeats
South Carolina certainly didn't begin the season hoping to repeat as NIT champions. The Gamecocks were, however, happy to end it that way and become only the second school to win consecutive NIT titles.
Tarence Kinsey scored 21 points and Tre' Kelley added 20 and seven assists to help South Carolina beat Michigan, 76-64, on Thursday night.
With four starters back from last year's NIT champs, the Gamecocks began the season with hopes to graduate to an NCAA Tournament berth this season. That didn't work out.
Back in the NIT, the Gamecocks (23-15) made the most of it and joined St. John's, which won the NIT in 1943 and 1944, as the only teams to win back-to-back championships.
"It means a lot to us," Kinsey said. "To go out with a win in our last game is great."
Daniel Horton scored 18 points to lead Michigan (22-10).
Boos rain on Sharapova
Maria Sharapova blew a big lead, drew boos for taking a bathroom break and won only when opponent Tatiana Golovin was forced to retire in tears because of an ankle injury.
The hollow victory Thursday night earned Sharapova a berth in the final at the Nasdaq-100 Open in Key Biscayne, Fla.
Sharapova failed to convert four match points in the second set and played for another 75 minutes before Golovin twisted her left ankle and fell chasing a shot in the corner.
A trainer taped Golovin's ankle. The French teenager played one more point, hitting a return wide, then called it quits with Sharapova serving and leading, 6-3, 6-7 (5), 4-3, ad in.
The stadium was less than half full when the match ended at 11:40 p.m. EST, but the fans were noisy. Three times they jeered Sharapova for taking a break leading 5-4 in the second set.
The interruption didn't deter Golovin, who won the crowd's favor by completing her comeback from a 5-1 deficit in the set to force a third set.
"I should have finished it off, but that's not the way it went," Sharapova said. "But I have to forget about it and get ready for the final."
No. 4-seeded Sharapova 's opponent Saturday will be No. 12 Svetlana Kuznetsova, who advanced by beating top-ranked Amelie Mauresmo for the second time in five weeks, 6-1, 6-4.
On the men's side, Andy Roddick hit another bump in his bid to shake an early-season slump, losing to David Ferrer, 6-3, 4-6, 6-4, in the quarterfinals.
Lawyers: DNA to clear team
The lawyers for Duke men's lacrosse players said police and an outraged community will owe the team an apology after DNA tests are completed -- tests they said will prove no one on the team raped an exotic dancer.
Four attorneys representing nearly all the 46 players forced to give samples protested what they said was a presumption that their clients attacked the dancer or kept quiet about what happened. No one has been charged.
"We believe that the DNA will show that that this not true. We believe that a full and complete and fair investigation will show that it is not true," lawyer Joe Cheshire said.
Baker, Angelo advance
Buffalo's Tom Baker and Lockport's Brad Angelo advanced to the round of 64 in the PBA's Great Lakes Classic in Wyoming, Mich.
Baker qualified fifth for today's match play with a 14-game pinfall of 3,193. Angelo qualified eigth (3,145).
Lancaster's Jack Jurek (2,964) and Buffalo's Joe Ciccone (2,911) failed to advance.
Compiled from News and wire service reports.