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Davenport pulls out of adidas

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Published January 17, 2004

SYDNEY, Australia - Top-ranked Justine Henin-Hardenne advanced to the adidas International final Friday when American Lindsay Davenport withdrew because of an injured right arm.

Davenport strained muscles in her chest and upper arm in her quarterfinal win over Elena Dementieva. Davenport, seeded fifth for the Australian Open, remained hopeful she'd play Monday's first-round match against Ruxandra Dragomir Ilie of Romania.

"The doctors and the trainers feel that three-to-four days' rest will make a huge difference, probably there's a chance that it will heal completely," Davenport said.

Henin-Hardenne faces third-seeded Amelie Mauresmo, who beat Francesca Schiavone 6-3, 7-6 (6-2) in a rain-delayed match.

In the men's final, third-seeded Carlos Moya injured his right ankle and was forced to quit in the first set against Lleyton Hewitt. The injury put Moya's status for the Australian Open in doubt.

Todd Woodbridge won his ATP Tour-record 79th doubles title, teaming with Jonas Bjorkman for a 7-6 (7-3), 7-5 victory over Bob and Mike Bryan. Woodbridge broke the mark he shared with Dutchman Tom Okker.

COMMONWEALTH BANK INTERNATIONAL: David Nalbandian tamed top-ranked Andy Roddick's serves in a 3-6, 7-6 (6-2), 7-6 (6-4) victory in Melbourne, Australia, putting him in the final against Andre Agassi.

MOORILLA INTERNATIONAL: Amy Frazier won in Hobart, Australia, beating sixth-seeded Shinobu Asagoe 6-3, 6-3 for her seventh WTA Tour title.

FIGURE SKATING: U.S. endorses new system

The U.S. federation is recommending a new, computer-based points system be used at the 2005 World Championships. It said the new system should be used on a "probationary" status next year at senior Grand Prix events and championships staged by the ISU. If it's successful, U.S. Figure Skating said it would recommend the system be used at the 2006 Olympics in Turin, Italy.

AUTOS: Skinner in Shootout

Mike Skinner will drive the No.10 MB2 Motorsports Chevrolet in the Budweiser Shootout. Skinner does not have a full-time ride in Nextel Cup. He qualified for the Feb.7 event, a made-for-TV race at Daytona Speedway for pole winners from the previous season, by qualifying for the front row in Richmond's fall race.

DAKAR RALLY: Mauritania's customs chief handed over a $17,800 refund, restoring illicit payments that customs officials took from hundreds of racers as they crossed into the West African nation. Racers spoke of armed forces surrounding each vehicle to demand a $50 payment as the race crossed over from Morocco on Jan.6.

OBITUARY: Duane Sweeney, the chief starter of the Indianapolis 500 from 1980 until 1996, died at 81. Mr. Sweeney died Thursday at his home in New Berlin, Wis.

WINTER SPORTS: Austrian wins super G

Renate Goetschl of Austria won a super-giant slalom, her fourth victory of the season, and drew closer to overall standings leader Anja Paerson of Sweden. Goetschl was timed in 1 minute, 10.59 seconds for her fifth win in Cortina D'Ampezzo, Italy, and moved within 72 points of Paerson. Martina Ertl of Germany was runner-up, 0.43 seconds behind. The top American was Kirsten Clark in ninth place.

AERIALS: Canada's Steve Omischl got his fifth World Cup victory in Lake Placid, N.Y.

SNOWBOARD CROSS: Italy's Stefano Pozzolini won the World Cup event in Arosa, Switzerland, edging American Ben Jacobellis. France's Karine Ruby, last year's world champ, led the women.

COLLEGES: Buffs coach denies claims

The Colorado women's soccer coach has denounced a lawsuit accusing him of mistreating a black player and said the former student's claims were untrue. Monique Gillaspie filed a federal lawsuit against the university Wednesday accusing Bill Hempen of treating her more harshly than white players during the 2001 season. The suit said Hempen ignored racial slurs and mistreatment directed at Gillaspie by teammates.

SWIMMING: The Florida men's team won four of nine events and set a meet record on the first day of the Dallas Morning News Classic. The Gators were first with 174 points. Texas A&M was second at 166. UF junior Kris Wiebeck of Tampa was part of the 800-yard freestyle relay that broke its meet record set last season with an NCAA provisional mark of 6:34.26.

TENNIS: Florida's Boglarka Berecz upset Stanford's Emilia Anderson 6-2, 7-5 in the second round of the Freeman Memorial Championship in Las Vegas.

TRACK: Westley Stockbarger signed a letter of intent with the Gators. He holds Class 3A state titles in discus and shot put.

SOCCER: Donovan best in 2003

Landon Donovan and Abby Wambach, who played at Florida, are U.S. Soccer's 2003 athletes of the year. Freddy Adu, the 14-year-old who was selected by D.C. United as the first pick in Friday's MLS draft, was named best young male athlete, while Cat Reddick won the young women's award.


BOXING: Brandon Rios used a pair of flurries in the third round to win a 24-15 decision over Christopher Rizo in the U.S. Amateur Championship semifinals in Colorado Springs. Rios faces Ray Lampkin, a 21-10 winner over Matt Remillard, in the featherweight final today. Rios and Lampkin qualified for the U.S. Olympic team trials.

FOOTBALL: The St. Petersburg Sharks host Gainesville at 3 p.m. Sunday at the 31st Street Sports Complex, 4801 31st St. S.

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