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By Times wires and staff reports
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published September 16, 2002

Kegel team takes title in bowling

Sam Zurich and his Kegel Training Center squad of Wauchula survived a scare in the championship matches, winning a third ABC Brunswick World Team Challenge on Sunday at Seminole Lanes.

Kegel beat the Storm X-Men from Orlando 376-364 in the first final match, then topped Brazeau's Pro Shop of Ocala 429-405 for the championship. The victory was worth $3,450, merchandise and expenses paid to the BWTC Grand Championship Nov. 10-14 in Las Vegas.

"We were out of it after that first game against the X-Men (who had 15-pin lead), but our guys got it together just in time for us to sneak into the finals," said Zurich, the PBA southern region's top winner with 36 titles.

It will be Zurich's third trip to nationals. His teammates were veteran Larry Barwick and three newcomers, Mike Tagariella, David Tessman and Norm Titus.

TENNIS: Gustavo Kuerten, former world No. 1 who had hip surgery in February, won his first title of the year, beating Guillermo Coria 6-7 (4-7), 7-5, 7-6 (7-2) in the Brazil Open at Costa Do Sauipe. ... Unseeded David Ferrer won his first career title, beating fifth-seeded Jose Acasuso 6-3, 6-2 in the Romanian Open in Bucharest. ... Cara Black beat ex-Gator Lisa Raymond 7-6 (7-2), 6-4 in the Big Island Championship at Waikoloa, Hawaii. ... Anna Smashnova defeated Anna Kournikova 6-2, 6-3 in the Shanghai Open final.

COLLEGES: South Florida's golf team (302-612) finished second in the rain-shortened Kat Invitational in Lexington, Ky., eight behind Tennessee. ... Mississippi State's cross-country team (45 points) won the Florida State Invitational, followed by North Florida, FSU, Florida and Tampa. ... The North Alabama women's soccer team beat visiting Saint Leo 1-0. The Saint Leo men lost 3-2 to host West Florida. Duke's women beat host Florida 2-1. USF's men beat visiting Stony Brook 3-0. The USF women topped Elon 3-2 to win the Memorial Classic in Jacksonville. The FSU women lost 4-3 to visiting Charlotte.

BASKETBALL: Natalie Williams scored 16 and Tamika Catchings 13 to lead the United States (2-0) 80-39 over Taiwan at the Women's World Championship in Beijing. ... The NBA's Clippers officially have until Oct. 31 to extend the contract of restricted free agent Michael Olowokandi. But the center said if his contract is not extended by Wednesday, he will become an unrestricted free agent after the season and possibly change teams.

SOCCER: More than 200 fans rioted at a police benefit match in Melbourne, Australia, and the game was abandoned after mounted police were called. South Melbourne led Preston 3-0 before halftime when the referee awarded consecutive penalties against Preston, sparking the riots. ... American Brad Friedel allowed two goals in the final 10 minutes as Blackburn tied Manchester City in an English Premier League match.

HORSES: Storm Flag Flying won by 123/4 lengths in the Grade I $200,000 Matron Stakes at Belmont, and Whywhywhy won the $200,000 Futurity Stakes. ... A gray colt from the first crop of 1997 Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner Silver Charm sold for $360,000 in the the Keeneland September Yearling sale.

CYCLING: Pablo Lastras won the ninth leg of the Tour of Spain at Cordoba in 2 hours, 48 minutes, 52 seconds. Oscar Seville retained the overall lead in the 21-leg race. ... Canadian Charles Dionne (4:18.49) won the San Francisco Grand Prix, edging a field that included Lance Armstrong (sixth).

ROWING: American Steve Tucker (7:10.22) had the fastest heat in the men's lightweight competition at the World Championships in Seville, Spain.

RUNNING: New Zealand's Jonathan Wyatt (56:31) won the World Mountain Running Championship in Innsbruck, Austria. ... Kenyans Ronald Mogaka (1:02.22) and Catherine Ndereba (1:09.20) won in the Philadelphia Distance Run. ... Greece's Yiannis Kouros won the USA 24-Hour Championship in Sylvania, Ohio. American Ann Heaslett was the top woman.

SQUASH: David Palmer, No. 3 in the world, rallied to beat fellow Australian Stewart Boswell in the U.S. Open final in Boston.

VOLLEYBALL: Italy defeated the United States in five sets in Berlin to win its first women's world championship title.

-- PHIL GULICK, Times wires

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