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published October 7, 2002

Davenport loses Kremlin final to Maleeva

Even with 15 aces, Lindsay Davenport lost another final Sunday, upset by Magdalena Maleeva 5-7, 6-3, 7-6 (7-4) in the $2.2-million Kremlin Cup in Moscow.

Davenport, a three-time Grand Slam tournament champion, was playing in just her sixth tournament of 2002. She had knee surgery in January, returned to action in July and is winless in three finals.

Maleeva added to her Kremlin Cup titles in 1994-95. Ranked 23rd coming into the tournament, she knocked off Venus Williams and Amelie Mauresmo.

French qualifier Paul-Henry Mathieu won his first ATP Tour title by beating U.S. Open semifinalist Sjeng Schalken 4-6, 6-2, 6-0.

MORE TENNIS: American Jill Craybas beat Silvia Talaja 2-6, 6-4, 6-4 to win the Japan Open in Tokyo for her first WTA Tour title. Craybas, the 1996 NCAA singles champion for Florida, never had been past the quarterfinals of a pro tournament. Kenneth Carlsen beat Magnus Norman 7-6, (8-6), 6-3 in the men's final.

AMERICA'S CUP: Seattle's OneWorld Challenge won its fourth straight challenger series race in Auckland, New Zealand, beating New York's Stars & Stripes by 1 minute, 21 seconds. Alinghi of Switzerland moved into first place, winning for the fourth time in five races by finishing 4:33 ahead of Britain's GBR Challenge. OneWorld and Alinghi have four wins but the Seattle entry has only three points, losing one before the series began because of a rules infraction. Oracle of San Francisco vs. Victory Challenge of Sweden and the all-Italian Prada vs. Mascalzone Latino were postponed because of light wind.

CYCLING: Denmark's Jakob Piil edged France's Jacky Durand in the Paris to Tours. Twenty members of the Lampre team were taken into custody, including eight riders, afterward as part of a drug probe linked to suspended team member Raimondas Rumsas.

COLLEGES: In the flight A singles final of the Gator Fall Classic, Florida's Julia Scaringe defeated teammate Jennifer Magley 3-6, 6-4, 6-0, and the two paired in doubles to win the flight A final over UCF's Marieke Gunawan-Julie Pecastaing 8-2. South Florida's Talia Romero and Gina Craig lost in the semifinal of the flight B consolation round, and doubles team Jamie Larson-Belen Pandre lost in the championship match of the flight B doubles consolation round. USF sophomore Nisrine Hajbane defeated teammate Kim Packer 6-2, 7-6 in the consolation final of flight B singles. Florida State's Amberly Tantee and Daniela Gheorghe lost the semifinal match of the flight A doubles. ... In the USF Fall Classic, USF singles players Uli Kiendl, Jorge Escallon, Juan Barragan and Federico Barton, as well as doubles teams Paco Antelo-Renato Silveira, Escallon-Nadim Naser and Barragan-Kiendl, won matches over UCF. ... The Florida women's soccer team lost 3-0 at Kentucky. ... FSU men's tennis players Mat Cloer and Romain Jurd lost in the prequalifying round of 32 at the ITA All-American Championships in Chattanooga, Tenn. Florida's Troy Hahn advanced in singles and with Matt Behrmann advanced in doubles. ... The host USF women defeated Florida Atlantic 2-1 in soccer. ... The USF women's golf team finished sixth (896) at the Tar Heel Invitational in Chapel Hill, N.C. Duke won at 877. ... FSU lost to host Georgia Tech 3-2 in volleyball.

RUNNING: Kenya's Ernest Kipyego won the Cologne Marathon in Germany in an event-record 2 hours, 10 minutes, 53 seconds. Kipyego beat the mark of 2:10:56, set by Germany's Carsten Eich in 1998. Claudia Dreher became the first German woman to win. ... World half-marathon champion Paul Kosgei of Kenya won the Great North Run in a record time of 59 minutes, 58 seconds in Newcastle, England. Sonia O'Sullivan of Ireland finished in 1:07:19, the fastest half-marathon by a woman this year. ... John Kariuki of Kenya won the Detroit Free Press/Flagstar Bank International Marathon. Angela Strange of Canada won the women's division.

SURFING: Shea Lopez of Indian Rocks Beach is tied for seventh in the world rankings after the World Championship Tournament in Hossegor, France. Lopez was awarded $1,500 for best aerial in Heat 2. Cory Lopez, also of Indian Rocks Beach, was 11th.

HORSES: Landseer won the $600,000 Grade I Shadwell Turf Mile at Keeneland and Take Charge Lady won the $546,000 Grade I Spinster Stakes. ... Marienbard won by three-quarters of a length in the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe in Paris. ... Avanzado won the Forest Hills Handicap and Nasty Storm took the Gallant Bloom Handicap at Belmont Park. ... Pleasantly Perfect won the $500,000 Goodwood Breeders' Cup Handicap at Santa Anita.

SOCCER: Ronaldo scored twice in 15 minutes, helping Real Madrid beat Alaves 5-2 in his Spanish League debut. ... Kasey Keller got the better of fellow U.S. national team goalie Brad Friedel, leading Tottenham to a 2-1 victory over Blackburn, England. ... The United States beat Italy 4-0 to win the U.S. Women's Cup in Cary, N.C. ... Columbus and host New England tied 0-0 in the opener of their MLS semifinal.

BASEBALL: USA beat Nicaragua 7-2 and is in the America Series semifinals in Monterrey, Mexico.

VOLLEYBALL: USA needed to win the match but only managed to take one game, falling 25-22, 25-21, 21-25, 25-23 to top-ranked Yugoslavia and failing to reach the final eight in the World Championships in Buenos Aires.

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