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Estes starts off football recruits

Patrick Estes wasted no time in deciding where he wanted to play college football. Seven months before the beginning of the NCAA signing period, the All-Metro tight end from Chesterfield County verbally committed to Virginia earlier this week. He was the first player to commit to the Cavs for 2001.

According to the Richmond Times Dispatch, Estes chose the Cavaliers over a large pool schools that included big-name programs such as Florida State, Ohio State, Tennessee, and Virginia Tech. The rising senior at Benedictine High covers 40 yards in less than 4.6 seconds and measures in at 6-foot-7, 240 pounds. He is Benedictine's first Division I-A recruit in over a decade.

Estes is a highly qualified student as well, boasting a 3.5 GPA and scoring nearly 1,200 on the SAT.

Investigators target Maggette

If a federal court finds that Corey Maggette illegally received funds from a former coach, the Duke basketball program could suffer serious sanctions from the NCAA.

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    Maggette, an Orlando Magic guard who spent one season with the Blue Devils, will be asked by federal prosecutors to testify on whether he accepted $2,000 from summer league basketball coach Myron Piggie while still in high school, a charge Maggette has denied. If he is found responsible, the NCAA could force Duke to repay $226,815 in revenue and strip the program of its second-place finish in the 1999 NCAA Tournament.

    In May, Piggie pleaded guilty to paying five high school players to play with his summer league teams.

    Softball cleans up

    Virginia claimed two of twelve spots on the 2000 VaSID All-State University Division softball team. Karen Breshears and Ruby Rojas were selected to the team by the state's Sports Information Directors as the third baseman and designated player, respectively.

    Breshears, who graduated in May, was the team co-captain and posted a .920 fielding percentage. Rojas, a rising sophomore, was the ACC Rookie of the Year and a member of the ACC All-Tournament Team.

    Sebastian stumbles again

    Former Florida State placekicker Sebastian Janikowski is faced with yet another problem.

    The Oakland Raiders first-round pick was arrested yesterday on a felony drug charge when he and two friends were found with GHB, known as the "date-rape drug." Just last week, Janikowski was acquitted on charges of trying to bribe a police officer.

    The Poland native may face deportation if convicted.

    Tigers roar in CWS

    Omaha's Rosenblatt Stadium should be regarded as the Louisiana State baseball team's second home. The Tigers have appeared in 11 of the last 15 College World Series and have won five titles in the process.

    The most recent came Saturday when the Tigers triumphed over Stanford in a thriller. LSU overcame a 5-2 Cardinal lead with a ninth-inning rally to take its fifth CWS championship.

    Brad Cresse, the Tigers' leading hitter, singled in the bottom of the ninth to give LSU its game-winning run as Ryan Theriot scored from second.


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