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Gay eases to a 9.97 in headwind

INDIANAPOLIS -- A headwind didn't slow Tyson Gay much in the semifinals of the 100 meters at the U.S. track and field championships.

Gay, the event's favorite, eased to a 9.97-second clocking into a 1.1 meter-per-second wind at Carroll Stadium on the outskirts of downtown Indianapolis.

The former Arkansas sprinter is the defending 100 champion because last year's winner Justin Gatlin lost the title following his positive test for steroids.

Gay pulled away over the final 50 meters, then let up near the finish and still bettered 10 seconds for the second day in a row. He ran 9.98 in Thursday's preliminaries. Leonard Scott was second to Gay in the second semifinal heat at 10.09 seconds. Walter Dix, NCAA champion at 100 and 200 for Florida State, finished third at 10.23.


Freshmen in Omaha spotlight

OMAHA, Neb. -- North Carolina (57-14) and defending champion Oregon State (47-18) staged a memorable three-game fight for the championship of last year's College World Series.

The two experienced squads are back again, beginning tonight (7, ESPN) at Rosenblatt Stadium with two freshman starting pitchers taking the hill.

North Carolina will send Alex White (6-6) against Jorge Reyes (6-3).

White was the loser against Rice last Sunday, giving up five hits and six runs in 1 1/3 innings, his shortest start of the season. But the Tar Heels came back to beat Louisville and Rice twice in a three-day stretch to advance to the finals.

"We're just a tough bunch," Tar Heels closer Andrew Carignan said. "We have all the confidence in the world in each other. We know how much of a challenge this is, but we've come together for it."

Reyes allowed three hits and one run in six innings in Oregon State's win over Fullerton last Saturday, the first of three straight CWS triumphs for the Beavers.


Henin to face Mauresmo in final

EASTBOURNE, England -- Defending champion Justine Henin needed less than an hour to beat Marion Bartoli, 6-1, 6-3, to reach the final of the Eastbourne International.

She will face Amelie Mauresmo, who advanced when Nadia Petrova retired with an injury after losing the first set, 6-4.

The top-seeded Henin broke serve to go up, 2-0, in the first set, and then hit a backhand winner down the line to earn a second break for 5-1. Henin served out for the set, holding off the only break point she faced in the match when Bartoli made a backhand error.

"I had a very good first set," Henin said. "I played very consistent and could move her a lot, and then I lost a little bit my intensity for a few games."


Summitt released from hospital

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Tennessee coach Pat Summitt was released from a hospital after being treated for dehydration.

"She is at home and will be resuming normal activities immediately," Lady Vols spokeswoman Debby Jennings said.

There was hardly enough time for well-wishers to send flowers. "Exactly," Jennings said.

The 55-year-old Summitt, who won her seventh NCAA championship this past season, had a dizzy spell and fainted at her home on Thursday.

Summitt is the winningest basketball coach in NCAA history with 947 victories.

Compiled from News and wire service reports.

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