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TCU moves forward

TCU football coach Gary Patterson says his team is trying to move "straight forward."

The Big 12-bound Horned Frogs opened spring football Friday. The first practice came only nine days after four players were among 15 current and four former TCU students arrested on drug charges. Those players, including three past starters on defense, are no longer on the team.

Patterson, talking to reporters for the first time since the Feb. 15 arrests, says the most disappointing thing for him was that it seemed everyone decided that the program went from being really good to suddenly everybody's bad.

In arrest affidavits, charged players indicated 60-82 players could have failed a Feb. 1 drug test.

While not getting specific, Patterson says those numbers are not true.

In other college football news, Rutgers University says it received $500,000 from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to complete the buyout of former football coach Greg Schiano's contract.


Wozniacki undone in semis

Defending champion Caroline Wozniacki lost in the semifinals of the Dubai Tennis Championships on Friday, her game undone by mistakes in a 7-6 (3), 7-5 defeat to Julia Goerges in United Arab Emirates.

Goerges will play for the title today against Poland's Agnieszka Radwanska, who beat Serbia's Jelena Jankovic, 6-2, 2-6, 6-0, in the first semifinal.

Wozniacki led, 4-2, in the second set before Goerges regained control to close the match.

In Marseille, France, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Juan Martin del Potro each won for the 200th time in his career Friday, setting up a semifinal between the two at the Open 13. The top-seeded Tsonga beat Edouard Roger-Vasselin, 6-4, 7-5, in an all-French quarterfinal, and Del Potro edged Richard Gasquet, 7-5, 7-6 (5).


Harvard sets mark for wins

Kyle Casey scored 20 points as Harvard rallied from a 10-point deficit and then outlasted Princeton 67-64 Friday night, avenging its only Ivy League men's basketball loss of the season and setting a program record for wins in a season.

The Crimson (24-3, 10-1), who fell to the Tigers 70-62 on Feb. 11, went 8 of 8 from the free-throw line in the last 34 seconds to secure the triumph after the Tigers had pulled within 59-58 with 53 seconds left.

From News Staff and wire service reports