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Tennessee ends hoop rivalry with UConn

Connecticut and Tennessee, the top two programs in women's college basketball, are ending their series, the schools announced yesterday.

Connecticut had signed a contract to extend the annual game through the 2008-09 season, but Tennessee declined to extend the series.

"Although the University of Tennessee women's basketball schedule will not be completed and released for at least another month, Tennessee has elected not to renew its series with the University of Connecticut," Tennessee women's athletic director Joan Cronan said in a statement.

"The Lady Vol basketball team will continue to enjoy its rivalry games with teams from the Big East, the ACC, the Big 12, the Pac-10, and other conferences. Year in and year out, we pride ourselves on the strength of schedule we play and our RPI."

When reached by telephone, Cronan declined to comment on reasons for the decision.

"We are disappointed for UConn fans, Tennessee fans, and women's basketball fans in general who look forward to this annual event featuring the greatest women's basketball rivalry in the nation, as recently selected by the Women's Basketball Coaches Association," UConn athletic director Jeff Hathaway said in a statement.

Harvard sophomore Becky Christensen cleared 5 feet 9 3/4 inches on her first attempt to finish 10th in the high jump at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Sacramento, earning All-America status. Christensen becomes the third Harvard female high jumper (Dora Gyorffy, 1998, '99, 2000, and Kart Siilats 2002) to earn All-America honors outdoors. Florida State's Walter Dix amassed the fastest 100 time by a US-born collegian when he won in 9.93 seconds. He just missed the collegiate mark of 9.92.