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VanDam wins $500K at Bassmasters

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Kevin VanDam won $500,000 for his third Bassmaster Classic title, beating Jeff Kriet by five pounds Sunday at Lay Lake.

VanDam, the Kalamazoo, Mich., pro who won his fifth Bassmaster Angler of the Year award last year, had a catch of 19 pounds, 7 ounces Sunday to finish with a three-day total of 51-6. Kriet, from Ardmore, Okla., finished at 46-6.

"This was a challenging week weather-wise," VanDam said. "I've had a lot of success in Alabama over the years in tournaments, but a win has always eluded me."

Todd Faircloth of Jasper, Texas, was third at 44-3, and Russ Lane of Prattville, Ala., fourth at 43-12.

Player dies on basketball court in N.C.

HENDERSON, N.C. — A North Carolina community college basketball player died after he collapsed while playing in a game Saturday, officials said.

Raymond Dunn, a 6-4 sophomore forward for Vance Granville, collapsed on the court near the end of the first half of a game against Guilford Tech, Vance Granville President Randy Parker said.

Dunn was taken to nearby Maria Parham Medical Center, where nursing supervisor Shannon Anderson said he was pronounced dead at the scene.

Kevin Gerity with the North Carolina Medical Examiner's Office said an autopsy was conducted Sunday, but the results were not yet available.

Dunn was named a player of the week in January by the National Junior College Athletic Association after two impressive performances including a career-high 52-point game.

He played high school ball for Norlina Christian School and was being recruited by several colleges.

Baseball stadium to be built in Rome

LAUSANNE, Switzerland — America's favorite pastime is finally reaching Rome.

Mayor Gianni Alemanno announced plans Sunday to donate a parcel of land for a new baseball stadium that can host international events.

The stadium will be built in Tor Vergata, an area south of Rome where Alemanno said "huge development is in progress." There is a campus for the University of Rome in the area, and an indoor arena will soon be completed.

Alemanno made the announcement during the first International Baseball Federation executive meeting of newly elected president Riccardo Fraccari.

Fraccari said he will be "supporter No. 1" of the baseball stadium project.

— Associated Press