Cleveland State beats Syracuse on 60-footer

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Cedric Jackson swished a 60-foot shot at the buzzer to give the visiting Cleveland State men a 72-69 victory over No. 11 Syracuse last night. Jackson took an inbounds pass with 2.2 seconds remaining and let the desperation shot go just as time expired to send the Orange (9-1) to its first loss. Neither team led by more than six points, and there were 16 ties and 15 lead changes. When Norris Cole hit a three-pointer and D'Aundray Brown followed with a fastbreak layup off Syracuse's turnover, Cleveland State (7-4) led 64-59 with 2:31 remaining. An assist and three-pointer by Jonny Flynn (16 points) cut Syracuse's deficit to 69-67 with 19 seconds left before Arinze Onuaku scored off a rebound with 2.2 seconds left. J'Nathan Bullock led Cleveland State with 18 points, all in the second half, and Jackson had 13, including his only make in five tries from beyond the three-point arc.

Other games: : Jeff Adrien had 18 points and 10 rebounds and No. 2 Connecticut (9-0) returned from an 11-day break for exams to rout Stony Brook (5-5), 91-57, in Hartford, Conn. ... Cetera DeGraffenreid scored 19 points and the No. 2 North Carolina women routed visiting Arkansas-Pine Bluff (1-6), 105-49, to improve to 11-0. Rashanda McCants, North Carolina's second-leading scorer, didn't play because of a sprained finger on her right hand. ... Jantel Lavender scored 18 to lead the No. 18 Ohio State women (8-2) to a 68-54 victory over visiting Cleveland State (4-5). Kailey Klein scored 30 for the losing Vikings. ... The Virginia Commonwealth women (7-2) jumped out to a 16-2 lead en route to a 71-43 victory over visiting Morgan State (8-2). Aaries Reed (11 points) was Morgan's lone double-digit scorer.

AP women's poll: : Tennessee's record run in the top 10 is over. The Lady Vols' streak of 211 straight weeks in the top 10 ended yesterday when they dropped to 11th in the Associated Press Top 25 poll. Tennessee, which lost at then-No. 6 Texas, 73-59, on Sunday, was last out of the first 10 on March 3, 1997. The run went 56 weeks longer than the men's record of 155 set by UCLA. Meanwhile, Connecticut remained a unanimous No. 1 choice for the third straight week. North Carolina, which stayed No. 2 this week, now has the longest active streak in the top 10 with 70 consecutive weeks. It would take them nearly eight years to match the Lady Vols' run. Maryland was ranked 15th.

AP men's poll:: North Carolina, Connecticut and Pittsburgh held on to the top three spots in the rankings. North Carolina (9-0), which beat Oral Roberts in its only game last week, remained the unanimous No. 1 as it has been since the preseason poll.

Et cetera: : Mississippi State men's coach Rick Stansbury is hospitalized for tests after complaining of severe migraines and flu-like symptoms, a school spokesman said. ... Utah guard Luka Drca has been suspended for two games for an intentional foul committed in a loss to Oklahoma on Saturday.

Maryland's Rowe named top field hockey player

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High-scoring Susie Rowe, who helped Maryland to a national title, has won the 2009 Honda Award as the country's top college field hockey player. Rowe earned the honor with a record-setting senior season in which she led the Terps to their third national championship in four years. The London native finished with 28 goals and 74 total points, both all-time school records. Rowe's win marks the third time in four years that a Maryland player has won the award. Paula Infante won in 2006 and 2007.

Arena Football League: : The league has canceled its 2009 season, subject to agreement of the players union. The decision comes days after the AFL said next season had not been suspended. The AFL's owners voted against playing next season during a conference call Sunday night and announced the move yesterday. The league gave no timetable for its return.

College football: : Connecticut tailback Donald Brown, the nation's leading rusher, will return for his senior season. The redshirt junior, who ran for 1,822 yards and 17 touchdowns in earning Big East Offensive Player of the Year honors, said he has not accomplished all his goals at UConn, specifically going to the Orange Bowl. ... Ball State coach Brady Hoke has resigned to accept the same position at San Diego State.

Golf: : Tiger Woods' caddie said he regrets his disparaging comment about Phil Mickelson at a charity dinner, saying he was making light of the Ryder Cup and his dislike for him. "I don't deny that him and I don't get along," Steve Williams said from his home in New Zealand. "I shouldn't have said it, but no harm was meant. I was just having some fun." Williams, who has worked for Woods for nearly 10 years, was quoted in the Taranaki Daily News as saying he wouldn't call Mickelson a great player "because I think he's a [expletive]." Woods criticized his caddie and said he would handle it privately.

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