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Cohen tops in Canada

By Times Staff and Wire Reports
Published November 2, 2003

MISSISSAUGA, Ontario - Sasha Cohen didn't land a jump combination, yet was good enough to win her second straight women's singles title at Skate Canada on Saturday.

Cohen, 19, coming off a victory at Skate America, is thriving under the new scoring system being used in the six Grand Prix meets.

Points are awarded for every facet of a presentation. Cohen got 126.48 for her free skate for a 197.60 total in her fourth Grand Prix win.

"This system is going to help me get the most out of my skating and help me be a better skater overall," she said.

Cohen had a triple lutz-double toe loop combination planned at the top of her four-minute program to Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake. She only did the lutz. She was supposed to follow with a triple flip-double toe combo, but only did the flip. Later, she overrotated the landing of a triple flip.

In the men's competition, world champion Evgeni Plushenko of Russia scored 152.40 for his free skate and won with a 233.65 total.

COLLEGES: USF runners third, sixth in C-USA

TCU took the top two individual spots, but Marquette's depth gave the Golden Eagles their fourth consecutive Conference USA women's cross-country title. Host South Florida, led by a 4-5-7 finish from Bente General, Christa Benton and Jessica Hellender, placed third. TCU junior Mary Kinyanjui outsprinted teammate Ami Butler for the individual title, finishing the 6K course in 20 minutes, 45.4 seconds and 20:46.3, respectively. On the men's side, East Carolina's Kyle MacKenzie won the individual title, covering the 8K in 25:07.2. Second-place Jeremy Williams (25:09.2) led Marquette as it swept the team titles. The Bulls finished sixth behind Sean Burris (fifth, 25:16.5) and Adam Chumbley (10th, 25:27.9).

AWARDS: Ashley Jo Rowatt, a 13-time All-American and five-time swimming champion at Division III Kenyon College, was named NCAA Woman of the Year. ... Tampa's Elias Gonzales was named the Sunshine State Conference men's cross-country runner of the year for the second straight season. Allison Macsas received the women's honor, and Jarrett Slaven got his third consecutive women's coach award.

BASKETBALL: Kent State junior center Nate Gerwig had knee surgery and will miss the season. ... Georgia Tech's Theodis Tarver will be sidelined indefinitely a dislocating a kneecap in practice. ... Rae Rae Sayles had 18 points and seven rebounds during the USF women's Green and Gold game. Teams were switched during the scrimmage, so the score was not kept.

SOCCER: The Lynn men beat visiting Eckerd 6-1 for the SSC regular-season title. ... Paul Reynolds scored as Saint Leo beat Tampa 1-0.

VOLLEYBALL: Ericka Womack had a team-high 11 kills as host Tampa beat Saint Leo 30-11, 30-22, 30-23. ... Host Florida State defeated N.C. State 30-19, 30-27, 30-14. ... Host UAB won its match against USF 3-1.

TENNIS: Henman ousts Roddick in Paris

Andy Roddick slammed his racket to the court and hit himself in the head with it while losing to Tim Henman 7-6 (7-4), 7-6 (9-7) in the Paris Masters semifinals. Henman faces Andrei Pavel, who beat No.14 Jiri Novak 6-2, 4-6, 6-4.

ADVANTA CHAMPIONSHIPS: Amelie Mauresmo survived 5-1 deficits in the second set and second-set tiebreaker to beat Ai Sugiyama in Villanova, Pa. Mauresmo plays Anastasia Myskina, who defeated Nadia Petrova 6-4, 4-6, 7-5.

BELL CHALLENGE: Unseeded Milagros Sequera upset two-time major champion Mary Pierce 6-4, 6-0 in the semifinals in Quebec City. Sequera meets second-seeded Maria Sharapova, who downed Laura Granville 1-6, 6-2, 6-1.

GOLF: Teenager retains LPGA lead

Nineteen-year-old Shi-hyun Ahn led by three strokes after two rounds of the CJ Nine Bridges Classic after shooting 1-under-par 71 in Jeju Island, South Korea. Defending champion Se Ri Pak, Grace Park, Catriona Matthew and Laura Davies were tied for second in the LPGA event. Ahn finished 8-under 136. Michelle Wie, 14, was last in the 69-player field at 85-78.

VOLVO MASTERS: Carlos Rodiles took a two-shot lead over Fredrik Jacobson after the unfinished third round of the European PGA Tour's season-ending event in Sotogrande, Spain. Rodiles was 11 under when darkness halted play.

SOCCER: New England wins playoff game

Rookie Pat Noonan and Dario Fabbro scored to lead visiting New England to a 2-0 win over the MetroStars in the opening round of the MLS playoffs. ... Andy Williams and Ante Razov scored as Chicago beat host D.C. 2-0.

ET CETERA

HORSES: Sweet Jo Jo broke a bone and fell while leading 50 yards from the finish, allowing Stellar Jayne to win the $112,300 Pocahontas Stakes at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky. Sweet Jo Jo was euthanized on the track after fracturing her right front leg.

RUNNING: Former Countryside standout Ray Friedman won the Cougar Classic in Clearwater in 15:27. Judy Maguire, 44, of Clearwater was eighth overall and won the women's title in 18:26.

VOLLEYBALL: The United States beat South Korea 25-21, 25-19, 21-25, 22-25, 15-13 in the opening match of the Women's World Cup in Tokyo. It serves as an Olympic qualifier.

- PETE YOUNG, DAVE THEALL, TIMES WIRES

[Last modified November 2, 2003, 07:26:04]


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