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POSTED April 9, 2012 7:58 p.m.

SWIMMING

OLYMPIC GOLD MEDALIST DIVER MARK LENZI DIES AT 43: BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — Mark Lenzi struck gold when he switched from wrestling to diving in the mid-1980s.

Over the next decade, he became the 1992 Olympic 3-meter springboard champion, earned a bronze medal four years later in Atlanta and became the first driver to score 100 points on a single dive.

On Monday, Lenzi, the last American male diver to win Olympic gold, died at the age of 43 in Greenville, N.C.

Lenzi's alma mater, Indiana University, posted the announcement on its web site but did not provide a cause of death. His mother, Ellie, told the family's hometown newspaper, The Free Lance-Star of Fredricksburg, Va., that Lenzi had been hospitalized the past two weeks because of fainting spells that were caused by low blood pressure.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL

REPORT: BAYLOR EXCEEDS LIMITS ON CALLS, TEXTS: WACO, Texas (AP) — Less than a week after its women's basketball team won the national championship, Baylor said Monday it has been involved in a three-year investigation with the NCAA into what are believed to be hundreds of impermissible phone calls and text messages sent by coaches to young prospects.

The school did not describe any details of the investigation, including which sports were involved, but the announcement came a few hours after ESPN.com reported that coaches for both the men's and women's basketball programs had made more than 1,200 calls and text messages to prospects over a 29-month span dating to 2008. ESPN.com cited an NCAA report it had obtained.

The NCAA may dole out harsher punishment that what is listed in the report, which details a number of self-imposed penalties including barring women's coach Kim Mulkey from recruiting off campus in July and fewer scholarships for both programs.

 

 

BASKETBALL

ODOM DONE PLAYING FOR MAVERICKS: DALLAS (AP) — The Dallas Mavericks and Lamar Odom are done with each other.

The NBA's reigning Sixth Man of the Year and the defending NBA champions who are trying to make sure they get back to the playoffs made it clear Monday that the partnership is over after an underwhelming 50-game stint.

"We've got to be able to look down that bench and count on folks to be consistent," general manager Donnie Nelson said. "Unfortunately with him in his state right now, he's just not capable of doing that. I say that with his best interest in mind. He's going through a very, very tough personal time. We certainly understand that. But we're in the thick of it in the West and we've got to win games."

TENNIS

DONALD YOUNG OF US LOSES IN 1ST ROUND IN MOROCCO: CASABLANCA, Morocco (AP) — Fifth-seeded Donald Young of the U.S. lost to Benoit Paire of France 4-6, 7-6 (5), 6-2 Monday in the first round of the Grand Prix Hassan II. Eighth-seeded Fabio Fognini of Italy was beaten by Spain's Guillermo Garcia-Lopez 6-4, 3-6, 7-5.

Paire held on after encountering trouble late in the second set. He saved two break points in the 11th game and trailed 4-2 in the tiebreaker. He will next play Germany's Matthias Bachinger or Italy's Filippo Volandri.

Garcia-Lopez defeated Fognini for the first time on clay and evened their head-to-head record at 2-2. The Italian had won both previous matches on clay, including in the third round of the French Open last year.

Garcia-Lopez advanced to the second round against Paul-Henri Mathieu of France or Moroccan wild card Mehdi Ziadi.

VINCI BEATS JOHANSSON IN 1ST ROUND IN BARCELONA: BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Defending champion Roberta Vinci rallied for a 1-6, 6-1, 6-1 victory over Mathilde Johansson of France in the first round of the Barcelona Open on Monday.

Johansson broke twice for a 5-0 lead in the first set with the Italian failing to land less than 50 percent of her first serves.

The fourth-seeded Vinci came back in the second set with two breaks of her own, then cruised home in the final set after Johansson served six double faults.

Vinci also won here in 2009, and improved her tournament record to 15-1.

HAAS OUT OF US CLAY COURTS WITH KNEE INJURY: HOUSTON (AP) — Former champion Tommy Haas withdrew with a right knee injury Monday during qualifying in the U.S. Men's Clay Court Championships.

Haas dropped out before his match. He won the tournament in 2004.

Haas warmed up against Go Soeda of Japan at River Oaks Country Club before deciding he could not continue.

Top-seeded Mardy Fish, who withdrew from Davis Cup play last week following what he called a health scare, has a bye into the second round and will play his first match Thursday.

AUTO RACING

THE GLEN DELVES INTO HISTORY TO NAME 5 GRANDSTANDS: WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. (AP) — Five names woven into the fabric of Watkins Glen International — Argetsinger, Stewart, Riesbeck, Seneca, and Bodine — will adorn five new grandstands at the storied road-racing facility.

The late Cameron Argetsinger helped organize the first race at The Glen and designed both the original 6.6-mile street layout in 1948 and the original 2.3-mile permanent course.

The other grandstands are named for: former Formula One star Jackie Stewart, a two-time winner of the U.S. Grand Prix; Jim Riesbeck, who spearheaded Corning, Inc.'s decision to revive the track in the early 1980s after the departure of the F1 race; and NASCAR drivers Geoff, Brett and Todd Bodine, who grew up in nearby Chemung, N.Y.

 

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