Sports shorts: Arizona men claim medley relay crown

2013-03-29T00:00:00Z Sports shorts: Arizona men claim medley relay crownStaff And Wire Reports Staff And Wire Reports Arizona Daily Star

The Arizona Wildcats won the 400-yard medley relay title on Thursday night at the NCAA men's swimming and diving championships in Indianapolis.

The UA team of Mitchell Friedemann, Kevin Cordes, Giles Smith and Nimrod Shapira Bar-Or finished the relay in 3 minutes 2.09 seconds to win by more than two seconds over runner-up California.

After the first day of competition, the Wildcats were seventh with 81 points. Michigan led with 153 and Cal was second with 123 1/2.

Tennis

Serena to face Sharapova in Fla. final

KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. - Five-time champion Serena Williams advanced to Sony Open final by drubbing Agnieszka Radwanska 6-0, 6-3.

Williams, ranked No. 1, will play four-time runner-up Maria Sharapova for the title Saturday. Williams was at her best before a near-capacity crowd for the final match Thursday night.

Sharapova defeated Jelena Jankovic 6-2, 6-1 earlier in the day.

Miscellaneous

Martin to replace injured Hamlin

Mark Martin will drive for Joe Gibbs Racing while Denny Hamlin recovers from a fractured vertebra in his lower back. Martin's first start in the No. 11 Toyota will be NASCAR's race next week at Martinsville Speedway.

• Boxer Robert Guerrero, a former featherweight champion, was arrested Thursday at New York's Kennedy Airport after police said he tried to take a gun on a plane. Guerrero, 30, presented a locked gun box to a ticket agent during check-in that contained an unloaded .40-caliber handgun and three unloaded magazines.

• The Pima College men's tennis team (3-5, 2-4 ACCAC) lost 8-1 to visiting Scottsdale on Thursday.

• The New England Patriots signed free agent wide receiver Michael Jenkins. Jenkins caught 40 passes for 447 yards and two TDs with Minnesota last year.

• Defensive lineman Vaughn Martin signed a two-year contract with the Miami Dolphins after starting the past two seasons with the San Diego Chargers.

• The Kansas City Chiefs hired former Vikings coach Brad Childress as a spread-game analyst.

• Soraya Jimenez, the weightlifter who won gold in 2000 in Sydney to become Mexico's first female Olympic champion, died of a heart attack. She was 35.

• Southeastern Louisiana officials say an internal investigation revealed that 137 athletes who were academically ineligible competed between 2005 and 2010.

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