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Wellington's Olivia Sneed, 14, and Burdett's Marie Norris, 12, won their Sweet 16 tournaments last weekend in Wichita playing in older divisions. Norris is ranked first in the Missouri Valley in the 12s and second in the 14s behind Sneed, who also is ranked fifth in the 16s.

* Top-seed Venus Williams rallied from down four games in the third set to beat qualifier Laura Pous Tio of Spain 4-6, 6-3, 7-5 in the Mexican Open at Acapulco, Mexico.Williams trailed 1-5 in the final set against the player ranked 399th in the world. This is Williams' first tournament this season on clay after winning a hard-court title last weekend.

* Defending champion Novak Djokovic rallied past Ivan Ljubicic 2-6, 6-4, 6-0 to advance to the semifinals at the Dubai Championships. Djokovic will play Marcos Baghdatis. Jurgen Melzer overcame Marin Cilic 7-6 (8), 7-5 to reach the other semifinal. Melzer will face seventh-seeded Mikhail Youzhny.


Kansas State wide receiver Lamark Brown told rivals.com on Thursday that he has left the team and will seek a transfer. Brown played three seasons for the Wildcats and frequently moved from running back to wide receiver during his time in Manhattan. As a junior, the 6-foot-3 Hazelwood, Mo., native caught 18 passes for 215 yards and two touchdowns. Attempts to reach Brown were unsuccessful. K-State would not confirm the report.


Rick Harman, an All-American basketball player at Kansas State, died Tuesday. He was 82.

Harman played for the Wildcats from 1946-50 and helped them win a pair of Big Seven titles. He also led K-State to its first Final Four in 1948.

A native of Hoisington, Harman averaged 8.8 points in his 86-game career. Following his graduation from K-State, Harman began a prominent career in politics. He was the Republican candidate for Kansas governor in 1968 and served on the U.S. Olympic Committee in 1974 as well as the Kansas Board of Regents in the 1990s.

Visitation will be held today from 6-8 p.m. at the McGilley State Line Chapel in Kansas City, Mo. The funeral is Saturday at 1 p.m. at Village Presbyterian Church in Prairie Village.


Colombian Camilo Villegas tied the tournament first-round record with a 9-under 62 to take a one-shot lead over former Florida teammate Matt Every at the Phoenix Open.

Villegas regrouped with a bogey-free round after making the semifinals of the Match Play Championship last weekend, but missing the short putt that would have put him in the final. He beat Sergio Garcia in the third-place match.

Justin Rose, Mark Wilson, Ryuji Imada, Rickie Fowler and Pat Perez were three strokes back at 65 in near-perfect conditions at TPC Scottsdale.

Phil Mickelson and defending champion Kenny Perry were in a large group at 68. Match Play champion Ian Poulter struggled to a 72.

Playing the back nine first, Villegas wrapped up his round by chipping in from 21 feet on the par-4 ninth for his ninth birdie.

* Top-ranked Lorena Ochoa birdied two of the final three holes for a 4-under 68 and a share of the first-round lead at the HSBC Champions event at Singapore. Cristie Kerr, Angela Stanford and Hee Young Park also shot 68s. Kerr birdied five of the last six holes on Tanah Merah's Garden Course, Stanford had a bogey-free round, and Park overcame three bogeys with seven birdies.


LeBron James had 36 points, nine assists and seven rebounds, Mo Williams scored 14 of his 19 points in the fourth quarter, and the Cleveland Cavaliers surged past the Boston Celtics 108-88. Cleveland center Shaquille O'Neal left the game with a sprained thumb... John Salmons scored 20 points, and Brandon Jennings had 18 points and seven assists to help Milwaukee win its fifth straight game, 112-110 over Indiana.


Mark McGwire says he doesn't plan on ever seeing his estranged brother, who wrote a book about their use of performance-enhancing drugs.

McGwire said that he knew his brother Jay McGwire was writing a book but he was still saddened to know a relative could "do something like that."

Jay McGwire chronicles Mark's use of steroids and human growth hormone in "Mark and Me: Mark McGwire and the Truth Behind Baseball's Worst-Kept Secret." The book, to be released Monday, says Big Mac knew he became a better hitter because steroids enhanced his size and strength.

The brothers haven't spoken since 2002.