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Feds search Vick's property

SURRY, Va. -- As car after car -- and one evidence collection truck belonging to the Virginia State Police -- darted out of the fenced yard surrounding Michael Vick's property, the officers inside gave barely a glance to reporters waiting across the street.

Pulling the gate closed, though, one of the last men to leave Thursday night said investigators had done some digging and that he didn't expect to be back anytime soon.

"I hope I never see this place again," the man said, refusing to identify himself.

On a day when a search warrant a Surry County sheriff's deputy drew up expired unexecuted, federal law enforcement officials showed up with one of their own for the NFL star's property, indicating that they are taking over a slow-moving probe into possible dog fighting.

• Two Georgia men dropped their complaint against suspended Cincinnati Bengals linebacker Odell Thurman after accusing the player of kicking and hitting them at a party.

Papers seeking to dismiss the case were being filed by the complainants, Chrissy Pitts, deputy clerk of Magistrate Court in Jasper County, said Friday. Pitts did not know what prompted their decision.

• WOMEN'S BASKETBALL -- Andy Landers has had great success since being hired as women's basketball coach at Georgia in 1979. He still has at least one item left on his to do list.

Landers headlines the six inductees, joining Texas player Andrea Lloyd Curry, Louisiana Tech player Pamela Kelly-Flowers, Tennessee teammates Daedra Charles-Furlow and Bridgette Gordon and veteran Philadelphia Inquirer reporter Mel Greenberg. A weekend of activities was planned for the inductees.

The hall is convenient for Landers and his family. A native of nearby Maryville and a graduate of Tennessee Tech in Cookeville, Landers' first coaching job was at Roane State Community College in Rockwood.

• Connecticut and Tennessee, the top two programs in women's college basketball, are ending their annual series.

Connecticut had signed a contract to extend the annual game through the 2008-09 season, but Tennessee terminated the deal, UConn officials said.

Connecticut leads the series 13-9, although Tennessee won the last three meetings.

• WNBA -- In New York, Deanna Nolan scored 17 points and Swin Cash added 14 to lead the defending WNBA champion Detroit Shock .

Plenette Pierson had 13 points and Cheryl Ford added 11 points and 11 rebounds to help Detroit improve to 5-0 for the first time in franchise history.

• FEVER 74, MYSTICS 69 -- In Washington, Tamika Catchings had 24 points and 12 rebounds for the Indiana Fever, who nearly lost an early 18-point lead before holding on for a victory over the winless Washington Mystics on Friday night.

Anna DeForge scored 13 points and Tamika Whitmore added 10 for the Fever (6-1), who went 17-for-18 from the free throw line in winning their second straight game.


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