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N.C. State coach Yow resumes chemotherapy

GREENSBORO -- North Carolina State women's basketball coach Kay Yow said Tuesday that she has resumed chemotherapy treatments in her fight against breast cancer.

The 65-year-old Hall of Fame coach who inspired the Wolfpack and countless others with her graceful battle with cancer stopped chemotherapy for five months during the offseason in favor of less demanding hormonal treatments.

Speaking Tuesday at the Atlantic Coast Conference's annual media day, Yow said she restarted chemotherapy a month ago to lower her circulating tumor cell count, but was bothered by side effects -- she said she had trouble walking.

Last week, Yow shifted her treatment to a different drug, Doxil.

"That hopefully is going to work as well and get the count down to where it needs to be," Yow said. "At this time, it hasn't zapped my energy, so that's the really good part of it. ... I don't know if my body is just getting used to it or handling it better. I'm not sure. I'm not on as many drugs as I was last year."

Yow said she is more active at N.C. State's practices than she was last year, when she was forced to take a 16-game leave to treat the disease.

Yow is 708-324 in 36 seasons as a coach, with 32 in Raleigh. The Gibsonville native coached the U.S. Olympic team to a gold medal in 1988, won four ACC tournaments, earned 20 NCAA tournament bids, reached the 1998 Final Four and was inducted into the Naismith Hall of Fame in 2002.

• WOMEN'S BASKETBALL -- The Los Angeles Sparks won the WNBA draft lottery for the No. 1 pick in the spring draft.

The Chicago Sky will have the second pick, followed by the Minnesota Lynx, Atlanta, Houston Comets and Washington Mystics.

Atlanta, an expansion team added to the Eastern Conference last week, was automatically awarded the No. 4 pick. The date of the draft, traditionally held after the Women's Final Four, has not been determined.

The Sparks (10-24) finished tied with Minnesota for the league's worst record last season and had the best odds (34.1 percent) of getting the top pick.

The remaining draft order, based on team record, is the New York Liberty with the seventh pick, followed by the Seattle Storm, Connecticut Sun and Sacramento Monarchs rounding out the top 10.

The Detroit Shock, Indiana Fever, defending champion Phoenix Mercury and Liberty wrap up the first round.

• TENNIS -- Roger Federer avoided a rare second straight loss, holding on to beat Michael Berrer of Germany 6-1, 3-6, 6-3 in the first round of the Swiss Indoors.

Federer lost to David Nalbandian on Sunday in the Madrid Masters final. The last time the top-ranked Swiss player lost two straight ATP Tour matches was in May 2003, falling to Mark Philippoussis in the third round of the Hamburg Masters and Luis Horna in the first round of the French Open.

"My focus is on Basel, not last week," Federer said. "That said, it's a probably a good thing to get right back into it after a final loss."

Federer led 3-0 in the first set with Berrer scoring only two points. The German finally scored a point on Federer's serve in the seventh game and had only 10 points in the set.

• COLLEGE BASKETBALL -- One of two men accused of shooting at five Duquesne University basketball players after a school dance pleaded guilty to attempted homicide and other counts.

Derek Scott Lee, 19, of Pittsburgh, was sentenced to seven to 14 years in prison. He pleaded guilty to five counts of attempted homicide and aggravated assault, plus one count of conspiracy and a weapons count.

Lee fired two shots, but neither hit the players, said Lisa Pellegrini, an assistant district attorney for Allegheny County.

Lee has not agreed to cooperate with authorities, but pleaded guilty because he had faced more than 100 years in jail if convicted at trial, said Lee's attorney, Wendy Williams.

Lee declined to address Judge Lawrence J. O'Toole's court before being sentenced. He was "not emotionally able to," Williams said.

• PRO FOOTBALL -- In a surprising move announced without comment from coach Bobby Petrino or general manager Rich McKay, the Atlanta Falcons cut starting defensive tackle Grady Jackson.

Jackson, a 6-foot-2, 350-pound run-stopper, led the league with 13 tackles for a loss last season. The 11-year veteran had 21 tackles, including 5 1/2 for losses, and one sack this year.

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