McElrathbey won't play for Clemson in '08

CLEMSON -- Ray Ray McElrathbey, a running back who gained national attention two years ago for taking custody of his young brother after their parents were unable to care for him, will not play for Clemson next season, coach Tommy Bowden said Saturday.

Bowden said McElrathbey, 21, will graduate from Clemson in August.

"Graduating in three years with all of his responsibilities will be an outstanding accomplishment," Bowden said in a news release. "Our staff will help him in his future endeavors whether it be from a football career or business career standpoint."

McElrathbey, who missed all last season after an injury in preseason practice, has not said what plans to do. Clemson athletic department spokesman Tim Bourret said McElrathbey was out of town Saturday and did not want to speak with the media until he decided what to do.

"He's not playing this spring so he can get his classes in order so he can graduate in August," Bourret said Saturday.

Clemson officials said in a news release that McElrathbey has two years' eligibility left and could play for another school or he could remain at Clemson and pursue a master's degree. His bachelor's degree is in sociology.

• PRO TENNIS -- For once, Andy Roddick faced an opponent who could match him serve for serve.

Though Feliciano Lopez managed more aces, he couldn't stop Roddick from winning his second ATP Tour title in three weeks with a 6-7 (8), 6-4, 6-2 victory in the Dubai Tennis Championship final.

In his first appearance in Dubai, Roddick ousted second-ranked Rafael Nadal and third-ranked Novak Djokovic during the week to become the first American winner of the tournament.

• Third-seeded Serena Williams defeated older sister Venus Williams 6-3, 3-6, 7-6 (4) to reach the final of the Bangalore Open.

Williams will play fourth-seeded Patty Schnyder in the final today.

Schnyder defeated Yan Zi 6-3, 6-4 in the other semifinal.

In the deciding set, Serena Williams broke her sister in the seventh game and had match point in the 10th but wasted it and went on to drop the service point.

• PREP BASKETBALL -- The storied St. Anthony's High School basketball team set yet another record -- the most state championships in national scholastic boys basketball history.

With a 74-44 victory over Trenton Catholic in the championship game of the NJSIAA Non-Public B Tournament, the Friars out of Jersey City captured their 25th state group championship, one more than Central High of Cheyenne, Wyo.

St. Anthony's (30-0), which has recorded four unbeaten seasons, improved to 25-2 in state championship games. Under legendary coach Bob Hurley, St. Anthony's has won 931 games, 23 state championships and nine Tournament of Champions crowns.