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Compiled from Times wires
© St. Petersburg Times
published September 30, 2002

COLLEGES: The Florida men's golf team finished fourth, seven strokes behind first-place Clemson, at the Carpet Capital Collegiate in Dalton, Ga. The Gators shot 8-under 857. Junior Camilo Villegas tied for fifth at 5-under 211. ... Florida finished third and Florida State fourth at the Chrysler ACC/SEC Women's Golf Challenge in Destin. Jeanne Cho, who tied for fourth, led the Gators. Alison Curdt had her career-best finish, a tie for 12th, for the Seminoles. ... Florida women's tennis players Lindsay Dawaf and Julie Rotondi defeated Duke's Julie DeRoo and Amanda Johnson 8-6 in the flight A doubles at the adidas Invitational in Peachtree City, Ga. ... Florida State women's tennis players were runners-up in two flights at the Seminole Fall Classic in Tallahassee. In singles flight A, Anca Dumitrescu fell to Jaime Wong of Georgia Tech 7-5, 6-4. Beth Lawrence and Daniela Gheorghe lost to the Yellow Jackets' Maria Nieto and Catherine Gunn 8-4 in the B doubles. ... Saint Thomas University beat Tampa 4-2 in men's soccer. Roy Fink scored twice for Tampa. ... The South Florida men's soccer team lost to host Charlotte 1-0. ... South Carolina's women's soccer team beat visiting Florida 1-0 in overtime. The Gators outshot the Gamecocks 18-8. ... Saint Louis shut out visiting South Florida 4-0 in women's soccer. It was the third time the Bulls have not scored.

SOCCER: Ante Razov scored two goals, including the winner in the 76th minute, to lead host Chicago past New England 2-1 and force a third game in the first-round MLS playoff series. ... The United States routed Russia 5-1 in the opener of the U.S. Women's Cup in Uniondale, N.Y., with Aly Wagner getting two assists and a goal during a five-minute stretch of the second half.

NBA: The Rockets won't find out if they can sign No. 1 overall pick Yao Ming until at least mid-October, a Chinese sports official said. "Matters concerning Yao's playing in the NBA will be made clear after the Asian Games," which end Oct. 14, Li Furong was quoted as saying by the official Xinhua News Agency.

TENNIS: Serena Williams beat Anastasia Myskina 6-3, 6-2 in the Sparkassen Cup final in Leipzig, Germany, her sixth title in seven tournaments. ... Svetlana Kuznetsova won her second WTA event in two months, upsetting Conchita Martinez 3-6, 7-6 (4), 7-5 in the Wismilak International in Bali, Indonesia. ... Juan Carlos Ferrero beat Carlos Moya 6-3, 1-6, 7-6 (4) in the Salem Open final in Hong Kong. ... Fernando Gonzalez defeated practice partner Jose Acasuso 5-7, 6-3, 6-1 in the Sicilian International in Palermo. ... Jennifer Capriati pulled out of the Kremlin Cup in Moscow because of a fever and sore throat.

HORSE RACING: Denon found running room between horses in the stretch and won the $750,000 Turf Classic Invitational at Belmont Park, New York.

CYCLING: Aitor Gonzalez stormed to victory in the Tour of Spain in Madrid. He made up more than a minute in the overall standings and won the final stage. ... Sean Eadie won the men's sprint title at the World Track Championships in Copenhagen, Denmark.

RUNNING: Olympic champion Naoko Takahashi won the Berlin Marathon for the second straight year, completing it in 2 hours, 21.49 minutes. ... Dan Browne won the 21st Twin Cities Marathon in St. Paul. His time was 2:11:35. ... Janet Ongera won the women's 10-kilometer race in the Lidingoloppet, Sweden, in 35 minutes, 6 seconds.

SKI JUMPING: Clint Jones edged Johnny Spillane by 3.1 points and won the Continental Cup in Park City, Utah.

VOLLEYBALL: The United States beat Egypt 3-1 at the World Championships in Salta, Argentina. The U.S. faces Brazil today.

BOXING: Former IBF featherweight champion Jorge Paez stopped Juan Macias in the eighth round of a scheduled 10-round lightweight bout Saturday night in Anaheim, Calif.

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