- The Washington Times - Sunday, March 22, 2009

Kevin Rogers and Curtis Jerrells scored 16 points apiece to lead Baylor past Virginia Tech 84-66 on Saturday in Blacksburg, Va., in the second round of the National Invitation Tournament.

Baylor advanced to the quarterfinals and will host Auburn on Tuesday night. The Bears (22-14) have won five of their past six games, including three in the Big 12 tournament and two in the NIT.

Malcolm Delaney led Virginia Tech (19-15) with 14 points.

The Bears never trailed, taking a 22-5 lead in the first 12 minutes in part because the Hokies made just one of their first 17 attempts.

“Our inability to make a shot early really affected our ability to defend,” Virginia Tech coach Seth Greenberg said. “We just stopped checking people. The basket got big for them and they just physically overpowered us up front.” …

Wisconsin goalie Jessie Vetter won the Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award as the nation’s most outstanding NCAA Division I women’s hockey player. …

Top-ranked Iowa relied on a deep roster to take its second straight NCAA wrestling title, sewing up its 22nd championship in St. Louis.

BOXING: Vitali Klitschko retained the WBC heavyweight title by stopping Juan Carlos Gomez in the ninth round in Stuttgart, Germany. Klitschko, 37, put down the Cuban defector in the seventh and ninth rounds before referee Daniel Van de Wiele stopped the fight with 1:11 left in the ninth.

SOCCER: Wayne Rooney and Paul Scholes were ejected as Manchester United lost at Fulham for the first time since September 1964, a 2-0 defeat that tightened the Premier League race.

TENNIS: Andy Murray beat Roger Federer for the fourth straight time, winning 6-3, 4-6, 6-1 to advance to the BNP Paribas Open final in Indian Wells, Calif. No. 4 Murray, off to a 20-1 start his year, will face No. 1 Rafael Nadal, who beat No. 7 Andy Roddick in straight sets.

SHORT TAKES: Authorities have yet to release blood tests for Cleveland Browns receiver Donte Stallworth, who they say fatally struck a pedestrian in Miami Beach a week ago. Christopher Lyons, Stallworth’s attorney, said neither police nor the state attorney’s office has released the results of toxicology tests. …

Kevin Harvick won the Nationwide Series race at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway, benefiting when Kyle Busch was penalized for a mistake on the last pit stop. Carl Edwards finished second, and Clint Bowyer was third. …

Hold Me Back roared to the lead in the stretch and won the $500,000 Lane’s End Stakes at Turfway Park in Florence, Ky. Co-favorites Bittle Road and West Side Bernie did not hit the board. …

Former NHL player Walt Poddubny died after collapsing at his sister’s house in Thunder Bay, Ontario. He was 49. The cause of death wasn’t known.



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