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Capriati rolls into semifinals at Dubai

Compiled from Times wires

© St. Petersburg Times, published February 21, 2003

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates -- Jennifer Capriati suddenly has a winning streak. After losing her first two matches of 2003, she has won two straight, reaching the semifinals of the Dubai Open by beating Conchita Martinez 6-2, 6-3 Thursday.

"I've worked hard on my fitness, and I feel I'm moving a lot better," said Capriati, who lives at Saddlebrook. She next faces Justine Henin-Hardenne.

Today's other semifinal pairs Monica Seles and defending champion Amelie Mauresmo.

FISH WINS, BLAKE FALLS: Two other Tampa Bay residents had dissimilar outings in Memphis. Unseeded Mardy Fish of Tampa knocked off No. 2 Paradorn Srichaphan 6-7 (4-7), 7-6 (7-5), 6-1 to reach the quarterfinals of the Kroger St. Jude tournament, but third seed James Blake of Tampa was upset by 118th-ranked Irakli Labadze. Until this week, Labadze had not won an ATP match this year, losing in the first round of six tournaments.

BOXING: Tyson toys around

Mike Tyson played with his 9-month-old son, chatted amiably with the media and acted surprised that there was such a fuss about his new facial tattoo. At a news conference in Tunica, Miss., in advance of Saturday's fight with Clifford Etienne, University of Memphis instructor Kya Reaves talked about the Maori warrior roots of the design on Tyson's face. "It's indicative he wants it to represent the warrior in him," Reaves said. "I just wanted to put something on my face," Tyson said. "I didn't like the way my face was looking." He said there would be more to come. Tyson appeared to be healing rapidly from whatever ailed him earlier in the week. He split the lip of a sparring partner before making a jovial appearance. "They offered me more money. That makes you very, very well real quick," said Tyson, who will get more than $5-million. "If I don't get it, I get sick rapidly real quick."

FOOTBALL: Riley rejoins Beavers

Mike Riley was introduced as Oregon State's coach for the second time -- four years after he left the Beavers for the NFL. He accepted a seven-year deal to replace Dennis Erickson, who left to coach the 49ers. Riley, 49, coached the Beavers in 1997-98 (going 8-14) before leaving to become coach of the Chargers. Most recently he was defensive backs coach for the Saints.

DUBOSE ON MOVE: Former Alabama coach Mike DuBose said he is quitting as coach at Class 6A Northview High in Dothan, Ala., after one year because of a lack of commitment to winning. The team was 0-10. DuBose said he believes his new job, at Class 2A Luverne High, will be his last in coaching.


CYCLING: Mario Cipollini, winner of the world championship in October, was fined $68 by Italian police for training on a four-lane highway where bikes are prohibited. Teammate Mario Scirea also was fined. They were traveling 43 mph behind a team car.

OLYMPICS: The International Olympic Committee executive board postponed a decision on cutting eight events, saying it wanted to give the sports' governing bodies more time to prove they deserved a place at the Games. The move means the disciplines are all but guaranteed a place at the 2008 Beijing Games.

HORSES: Icecoldbeeratreds, the Del Mar Futurity winner trained by Bob Baffert, was euthanized after breaking a shoulder during a training gallop at Santa Anita. The 3-year-old had not been nominated for the Triple Crown races.

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