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Greeley named region's field athlete of year

CLEMSON -- The Clemson men's program received national recognition Monday afternoon for its efforts during indoor season from the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches' Association (USTFCCCA). Charles Foster was named Southeast Region Assistant Coach of the Year, while senior pole vaulter Mitch Greeley, a former Northwestern standout, was named Field Athlete of the Year.

Greeley was recently crowned the 2008 ACC indoor champion in the pole vault after clearing 17, 8.5 inches at UNC's Eddie Smith Field House. His top effort this year was a school-record 18-1 clearance at the Virginia Tech Elite Meet. Greeley is an automatic NCAA qualifier for this weekend's indoor nationals in the vault and is Clemson's record-holder in the outdoor vault. Greeley was a 2006 All-American in the indoor pole vault.

• TENNIS -- In New York, the present got the better of the past.

Current No. 1 Roger Federer beat former No. 1 Pete Sampras 6-3, 6-7 (4), 7-6 (6) in an exhibition match before a crowd of 19,690 at Madison Square Garden.

Federer is two away from Sampras' record of 14 career Grand Slam singles titles, a mark that exists only in black and white, written in a record book. For more than two hours, these two living, breathing greats of the game shared a court in black and white: The 26-year-old Federer wore the dark, ultra-modern outfit; the 36-year-old Sampras was decked out in the more conventional, country-club getup.

• COLLEGE BASKETBALL -- In Tucson, Ariz., Arizona basketball coach Lute Olson is returning to the Wildcats at the end of the season. The 73-year-old coach has been on personal leave since Nov. 4.

Olson requested the leave for undisclosed personal reasons. Assistant Kevin O'Neill took over as interim coach, and in December the school chose O'Neill the permanent successor once Olson retired.

• NBA -- In Miami, Dwyane Wade needs time to heal, and the Miami Heat saw no reason to further postpone the inevitable.

Wade will miss the remainder of the season so he can further rehabilitate his surgically repaired left knee, which has bothered him for about a year. He will undergo a powerful shock-wave treatment later this week, and hopes he will be pain free in time for next season.

• NFL --In Topeka, Kan., Otto Schnellbacher, a two-sport star at Kansas who went on to play defensive back for the New York Giants and spend a season in the NBA in 1949, died. He was 84.

His death was announced by the University of Kansas, where he was captain of the football and basketball teams. Kansas basketball coach Bill Self said Schellbacher had cancer.

• HOLE IN ONE -- Pinetuck Golf Club member Tom Wrights scored the second hole in one of his career, acing the par-3 third hole with a 7 iron. Wrights was playing with Jim Rainer and Julius Hamilton.

• SOCCER -- In Oneonta, N.Y., forward Hugo Perez and women's coach Anson Dorrance were elected to the National Soccer Hall of Fame.

No candidates received the necessary 75 percent from the player ballot, with Preki Radosavljevic topping the list at 67.97 percent, followed by Joy Fawcett (67.19), Jeff Agoos (58.59), Thomas Dooley (55.47) and Marco Etcheverry (53.12).

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