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Raymond pulls upset in front of partisan crowd

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© St. Petersburg Times
published April 18, 2003

AMELIA ISLAND -- The Gator Chomp looked a little out of place at a tennis court. There it was anyway, courtesy of Lisa Raymond, a former Florida player making the most out of a tournament in which she feels right at home.

With the help of 14 aces, including two in the final game, the 12th-seeded Raymond flustered fifth-seeded Jelena Dokic for a 6-3, 6-7 (6-4), 6-2 victory Thursday in the third round of the Bausch & Lomb Championships.

It was the biggest upset in a tournament dominated by favorites, and it was also the most popular result of the day at Amelia Island -- as could be seen by the dozens of fans who celebrated the victory with the Gator Chomp.

Raymond plays third-seeded Jennifer Capriati today.

Monica Seles, Amanda Coetzer and Lindsay Davenport were among the other winners. Top-seeded Justine Henin-Hardenne advanced when Clarisa Fernandez withdrew with a sprained wrist.

MONTE CARLO MASTERS: Defending champ Juan Carlos Ferrero and No. 2 seed Carlos Moya advanced to the quarterfinals.

BUDAPEST GRAND PRIX: Top seed Iva Majoli withdrew (virus).

KOURNIKOVA OUT: Anna Kournikova withdrew from a USTA Challenger Tournament in Dothan, Ala., because of a thigh injury.

COLLEGES: Title IX concern for WVU

Rising tuition and worrisome financial projections were behind West Virginia's decision to drop four men's sports (tennis, cross country and indoor and outdoor track) and the coed rifle team, but athletic officials say Title IX compliance was also on their minds. Of the 56 athletes affected by the cuts, only three are women. WVU officials said 60 percent of their scholarships currently go to men. With the elimination of five teams, 51 percent will go to men and 49 percent to women.

BASKETBALL: Anedra Gilmore, a point guard from NJCAA national champion Gulf Coast Community College, signed a letter of intent to play for South Florida.

GYMNASTICS: Chantelle Tousek, a six-year member of the Canadian national team, signed a letter of intent with Florida.

HIGH SCHOOLS: James stars in loss

With Michael Jordan watching from the owners box, and Jordan's name and number on his uniform, LeBron James finally lost a game. James scored 34 and won his third major high school All-Star Game MVP award, but his Black team lost to the Silver 107-102 in the Capital Classic in Washington. The 34 points were the second most scored in the 30-year history of the Classic, behind Louis Bullock's 40 in 1995.

OBITUARY: Jack Donohue, who coached Kareem Abdul-Jabbar in high school, died of cancer in Ottawa at age 70. Mr. Donohue coached Abdul-Jabbar, then known as Lew Alcindor, at Power Memorial Academy in New York and had a record of 163-30, including 71 straight wins, from 1959-65.

ET CETERA

RUNNING: Eric Wainaina of Kenya withdrew from the Boston Marathon because of travel restrictions his employer enacted because of the war in Iraq. The 2000 Olympic silver medalist lives in Japan and works for Konica, which is limiting travel to the United States.

SOCCER: The union formed by Major League Soccer players gained the right to represent them in collective bargaining. The decision to form the union followed the league's victory in an antitrust suit filed by some players.

HORSES: Californian, an English-bred colt making his first start in the United States, rallied from last to win the $111,200 Forerunner Stakes at Keeneland in Lexington, Ky. ... Raise Expectations defeated Roberto's Show by three-quarters of a length to win the $56,000 feature at Santa Anita in Arcadia, Calif.

BUSINESS: Spalding Sports Worldwide is selling its sporting goods division to apparelmaker Russell Corp. for $65-million. Spalding will retain its golf business.

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