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Published: Sat, February 5, 2005 @ 12:00 a.m.



LOCAL

College roundup

*BEAVER Falls, Pa. -- Geneva College won its third straight game Friday, 91-84 over Houghton.

Tim Sawyer and Stefan Grundberg led the Golden Tornadoes (14-9) with 22 points each. Kyle McDermott added 12 points and Christian Hauser scored 10. Grundberg also had nine rebounds and Nate Conley had 11 assists.

*BEAVER FALLS, Pa. -- Geneva led 36-10 at halftime and went on to defeat Houghton, 70-25, in a women's game.

Ali Canazi scored 20 points for Geneva (10-10), while Kylee Kittner added 10. Geneva forced 34 turnovers.

*RICHMOND, Ind. -- Hiram defeated Earlham 67-61 behind Cassie Bedard, who posted a career-high 27 points.

Amanda Hummel added 15 points for the Terriers (7-13, 2-10 North Coast), while Debbie Barb had five rebounds.

*SPRINGFIELD -- After being held to 14 first half points, Allegheny shot 58 percent in the second half for a 58-53 victory at Wittenberg.

The win was the Gators' (15-5, 8-4 NCAC) seventh consecutive.

Katie Kestler scored 16 points for Allegheny, while Courtney Steding had nine rebounds.

Wittenberg's Kathy Hittle posted a double-double with 22 points and 14 rebounds.

NATION

Lagat easily winsWanamaker Mile

NEW YORK -- Alan Webb never had a chance.

The American sensation lined up for the featured Wanamaker Mile at the Millrose Games on Friday night, hoping he could keep up with No. 1-ranked Bernard Lagat of Kenya. No chance. Lagat took the lead with five laps to go, then cruised to victory in 3 minutes, 52.87 seconds, setting a meet and Madison Square Garden record.

Laban Rotich was second in 4:00.33, while Webb finished third in 4:00.91.

Webb hardly challenged, falling behind early and failing in his bid to become the first American to win the race since Steve Scott in 1984. Elkanah Angwenyi paced the group before Lagat overtook him. Lagat took a victory lap to a standing ovation from the cheering crowd.

Meanwhile, two-time world champion Stacy Dragila won her seventh Millrose pole vault title after clearing a lackluster height of 14 feet, 8 3/4 inches, and Reese Hoffa won the shot put with a personal-best put of 70-11 1/4.

Dentist suing Phillies over baseball beaning

HARRISBURG, Pa. -- A dentist who lost some of his vision after he was beaned at a Philadelphia Phillies game is suing the team, alleging that not enough was done to protect spectators,

Neil Pakett, of Elkins Park, would have been protected during the June 25, 2001, game at Veterans Stadium if the backstop was wide enough to meet the recommendations of the Architectural Graphic Standards and had been angled differently, according to court documents citing an expert hired by Pakett's attorney.

Pakett was struck when a foul ball flew off the bat of the Phillies' shortstop Jimmy Rollins, who was batting left-handed. Pakett attempted to catch the ball, instead of protecting himself, according to court documents.

Byrnes, A's agree to $2.2 million contract

OAKLAND, Calif. -- Eric Byrnes wanted to stay with the Oakland Athletics so he could be close to home, and the A's decided to keep the popular outfielder.

Despite rumors he would be traded this off-season, Byrnes agreed Friday to a $2.2 million, one-year contract with Oakland and avoided salary arbitration.

In addition to his salary, he can earn $50,000 in performance bonuses: $25,000 each for 350 and 400 plate appearances. If he's traded, he would get a $25,000 one-time payment from the team he's dealt to. There are also several award bonuses in his deal, including being selected an All-Star or Gold Glove winner.

Patriots RB addedto Pro Bowl roster

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. -- New England Patriots running back Corey Dillon was selected for his fourth Pro Bowl on Friday, making him the second member of the AFC champions to be added to the roster as an injury replacement.

He replaces Indianapolis Colts running back Edgerrin James, who has a back injury.

Dillon is the sixth Patriot in the Pro Bowl. Tom Brady, Larry Izzo, Richard Seymour and Adam Vinatieri were originally selected to the team, and Tedy Bruschi was an injury replacement for Baltimore linebacker Ray Lewis.

Dillon, who made the Pro Bowl for three consecutive seasons from 1999-2001, set a franchise record and career-high with 1,635 yards rushing despite missing a game due to injury. He averaged 109 yards in each game he played, the most in the league.

Rudi Johnson, who replaced Dillon as the starter in Cincinnati this season, was chosen to replace Curtis Martin. The league's leading rusher will miss the Pro Bowl with an undisclosed injury.

Missouri's Snyderwill return

COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Quin Snyder will return next season as Missouri basketball coach, despite a string of recent losses and NCAA-imposed probation, school officials said Friday.

Athletic Director Mike Alden met privately with top university officials, and unanimously agreed Friday that Snyder would return next season.

Snyder has a contract through 2008 that pays him more than $1 million a year.

Vindicator staff/wire reports

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