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Top coaches square off

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Andy Landers and Tara VanDerveer razz each other about something far off the basketball radar.

These two coaching icons from opposite coasts have an ongoing debate about who has the best dogs: VanDerveer's Bay Area golden retrievers or the pooch on Landers' farm back home in Georgia.

How about their teams? That one, they will settle on the court in the NCAA Tournament's Sacramento Regional semifinals tonight (9 p.m., ESPN).

Buffalo Seminary graduate VanDerveer's top-seeded Stanford squad (33-1) puts its 24-game winning streak on the line against the fifth-seeded Georgia Lady Bulldogs (25-8) at Arco Arena.


Arenas sentenced

WASHINGTON -- Suspended Washington Wizards star Gilbert Arenas was ordered Friday to spend 30 days in a halfway house for his conviction on gun charges stemming from a locker-room confrontation with a teammate.

District of Columbia Superior Court Judge Robert E. Morin also sentenced Arenas to 400 hours of community service, which cannot be conducted at basketball clinics, and a $5,000 fine. Arenas pleaded guilty to violating the city's gun laws in a Dec. 21 incident at Verizon Center.


Briefly . . .

* Abdulgawi Mohamed followed up an historic scholastic wrestling season in which he became the first Lackawanna High School wrestler to win a state title by winning a national title Friday at Virginia Beach, Va.

The 103-pounder captured the title in the division for current high school juniors at the National High School Coaches Association Championship meet, beating Ian Nickell of California, 3-2, in the final. Mohamed went 5-0 at nationals and improved to 48-1 on the year.

* Rochester Institute of Technology won its first NCAA Division I tournament game, upsetting top-seeded Denver, 2-1, in the East semifinals in Albany.

* The Buffalo Bisons improved to 5-0 this spring by beating New Orleans, 7-3, in Jupiter, Fla. Jason Pridie's two-run double in the ninth snapped a 3-3.

* Jack Jurek of Lackawanna (7,818 pins) finished sixth in the PBA Geico-Mark Roth Championship in West Babylon, just missing Sunday's stepladder finals.

* Buffalo southpaw Guillermo Sanchez's fight against WBA Fedecentro champion Carlos Claudio was ruled a technical draw Friday, according to Sanchez's manager Frank Santiago. An accidental head butt in the third round of the bout in Guaynabo, Puerto Rico, resulted in both fighters sustaining cuts -- prompting the referee to stop the fight.

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