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ARIZONA PLAYER DIES: Arizona center Shawntinice Polk, a three-time all-Pac-10 selection and two-time honorable mention all-American selection, collapsed at McKale Center on Monday and later died. The 6-foot-5, 225-pound senior had not been working out or practicing when she collapsed about midmorning Monday.

"There was not a workout involved, there was not a practice involved, she just was not feeling well" when she arrived at the McKale Center, athletic director Jim Livengood said.

The 22-year-old Polk had asthma, Livengood said, but he declined to say whether the collapse was related to that ailment and said it was premature to talk about a cause of death.

A memorial service was scheduled for Wednesday at McKale Center. Polk is survived by her mother, Johnny Little, four older brothers and two older sisters.

WIZARDS DRAFT PICK SHOT: Washington Wizards rookie forward Andray Blatche was shot during an attempted carjacking and remained hospitalized Monday.

"The information that we have received is that Andray was a victim of a carjacking," president of basketball operations Ernie Grunfeld said. "We have spoken to Andray, and the doctors have informed us that he is in good condition and is doing well."

Blatche's mother, Angela Oliver, told The Post-Standard of Syracuse, N.Y., that her son was shot once in the chest while riding in a car near his home in Alexandria, Va., but that the bullet did not hit any vital organs.

Blatche, 19, was the 49th overall pick in this year's NBA draft.


MASTERS CHAMP DIES: George Archer, whose smooth putting stroke helped him win the 1969 Masters and 11 other titles on the PGA Tour, died after a yearlong battle with Burkitts lymphoma. He was 65.

Archer died Sunday at his home in Incline Village.

"I was holding him, and it was a beautiful experience," wife Donna Archer said. "He was quite expressive about what a wonderful life he'd had, to be able to have that kind of career. He was on the tour for 40 years."

The 6-foot-5 1/2 Archer cut a memorable figure among professional golfers and stood almost doubled over when he used his trademark putting stroke.

He won the Masters in 1969 by making key putts to close with an even-par 72 and hold off Billy Casper, Tom Weiskopf and George Knudson.

Archer is survived by his wife and two daughters, Elizabeth and Marilyn.