The quiz View from the top Connecticut this week...

SPORTS DIGEST

March 15, 2002

The quiz

View from the top

Connecticut this week finished atop the season-ending Associated Press women's basketball Top 25 for the third consecutive year. Only one school has had a longer run of consecutive No. 1 finishes in the poll. Name it. Hint: The years were 1984 through 1987. (Answer in For The Record)

Outdoors

Catch and release for rock begins today on Susquehanna Flats

A legislative committee has taken action that allows the catch-and-release striped bass season to begin today on the Susquehanna Flats. The Administrative, Executive and Legislative Review Committee yesterday approved a request from the Department of Natural Resources to start the season two weeks early to allow anglers time to catch striped bass that remain in the flats before and after spawning in adjacent rivers.

DNR began the season in 1999, after studies indicated a catch-and-release activity would not create significant stress on the spawning population.

Tennis

Slovakian teen-ager jumps into top 20

Daniela Hantuchova, a Slovakian teen-ager coming of age on the Women's Tennis Association tour, came back from a first-set loss to beat Emmanuelle Gagliardi, 4-6, 6-0, 6-4, in their Pacific Life Open semifinal in Indian Wells, Calif.

Hantuchova, who advanced with a 4-6, 6-0, 6-4 victory, will play in tomorrow's final against Martina Hingis, who beat Monica Seles, 6-3, 6-2, in the other semifinal.

The 18-year-old Hantuchova assured herself of breaking into the top 20 in the women's rankings for the first time. Beginning the year at No. 38, she jumped to 18th by reaching the final at Indian Wells.

Soccer

MISL keeps suspension, reduces fine on Walker

The Major Indoor Soccer League completed its review of the appeal sent in by Blast forward Tarik Walker, reducing the fine portion but maintaining its stance on the two-game suspension.

Walker, who will sit out Sunday's game in Kansas City to complete the suspension, was one of seven players from the Blast and Harrisburg Heat either fined, suspended or both stemming from a postgame brawl that took place on March 3.

Forward Lester Felician, who had an apparent seizure in Saturday's loss in Cleveland, was cleared to practice and is expected to play on Sunday.

College basketball

Tarkanian is expected to announce retirement

Jerry Tarkanian is expected to retire from coaching, with Fresno State set to announce his decision during a news conference today.

The 71-year-old coach, who would not reveal his plans yesterday, is expected to remain at his alma mater as a consultant, ESPN.com reported.

Fresno State ended its season Wednesday night with an 81-75 loss to Temple in the NIT. The Bulldogs finished 19-15, only the second time in Tarkanian's 31 years in Division I that his team failed to win 20 games.

Et cetera

Infinite Spirit wins UAE 1,000 Guineas

Tempera, the North American 2-year-old filly champion last year, was beaten by stablemate Infinite Spirit in the $250,000 UAE 1,000 Guineas at the Nad Al Sheba Racecourse in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

Infinite Spirit led from the start and covered the mile in 1 minute, 37 4/5 seconds. E B's Sweep, a U.S.-bred filly, was third.

SWIMMING: Emma Igelstrom of Sweden broke the world short-course record in the 50-meter breaststroke, clocking 30.24 seconds in the Swedish championships in Goteborg.

Igelstrom bettered Zoe Baker's mark by seven-hundredths of a second as she won the final.

TRACK: The International Association of Athletics Federations will conduct year-round, out-of-competition testing for the banned endurance-enhancing drug EPO.

EPO, or erythropoetin, boosts stamina by stimulating the production of red blood cells.

Quiz answer

Texas.

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