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Venus' status is uncertain for German final

By Wire services
Published May 9, 2004

BERLIN - Venus Williams twisted her left ankle while avoiding an upset against Karolina Sprem on Saturday and said the injury could force her to miss the German Open final against Amelie Mauresmo.

Mauresmo surged into today's title match of the $1.3-million French Open tuneup with a 6-2, 6-0 rout of Jennifer Capriati.

Williams was overpowered in the first set but recovered to win 2-6, 6-3, 6-4. She wore tape on her ankle after twisting it in the final game against the 19-year-old.

"I don't know what's going to happen. I'm going to deal with it tonight," Williams said.

"But I'm extremely motivated to play. So that's a good sign."

Williams trailed 3-0 in the final set before regrouping to extend her winning streak to 15 matches. If she plays today, Williams will be chasing her third straight title.

ITALIAN OPEN: Carlos Moya and David Nalbandian won semifinal matches in swirling wind and occasional rain in Rome. Moya, the 1998 French Open champion, downed Mariano Zabaleta 6-3, 6-4 for his 20th match victory on clay this season, best on the ATP Tour. Nalbandian, the 2002 Wimbledon runnerup, rallied past Albert Costa 6-7 (4-6), 6-1, 6-4.

BOXING: Marquez retains titles

Knocked down three times in the first round, Juan Manuel Marquez rallied to salvage a draw and retain his WBA and IBF 126-pound titles against Manny Pacquiao in Las Vegas. Judge John Stewart scored it 115-110 for Pacquiao, Guy Jutras had it 114-110 in favor of Marquez and Burt Clements scored it 113-113. The Associated Press also scored it 113-113.

OLYMPICS: Weightlifters qualify again

Cheryl Haworth and Tara Cunningham, medalists at the Sydney Games, will represent the United States again in women's weightlifting. Haworth, a super-heavyweight, put up 270 pounds in the snatch and 330.7 in the clean and jerk, totaling 600.7, at the trials in St. Joseph, Mo. Cunningham lifted 391.2 in the 1051/2-pound class. Super-heavyweight Shane Hamman,

185-pounder Oscar Chaplin IIIand 170-pounder Chad Vaughn qualified for the men's team by keeping the rankings they brought into the trials. Each lifter's U.S. team ranking was based on a percentage comparing the total each lifted to the world-qualifying standard in his or her weight class in a series of competitions.

OUT?: Sweden's Susanna Kallur probably will miss the Summer Games after tearing a muscle in her right thigh last week.

TRACK AND FIELD: Greene leads U.S. sweep

Maurice Greene won the 100 meters at the Japan Grand Prix in Osaka, leading a 1-2-3 U.S. sweep. The former world-record holder and 2000 Olympic champion finished in 10.04. J.J. Johnson was second in 10.11, and Mickey Grimes was third in 10.12. The United States also took the top three places in the women's 100. Torri Edwards finished in 11.06, followed by Chryste Gaines (11.14) and Angela Daigle (11.27).

JAMAICA INTERNATIONAL: Marion Jones won her first 100-meter race since 2002 and first outdoor long jump since the Sydney Olympics on Friday in Kingston. The five-time Olympic medalist finished the 100 in 11.04 seconds, one of the slowest times of her professional career. In the long jump, Jones leaped 22 feet, 11/2 inches. Jones is competing in several meets before the Olympic trials July 9-18 in Sacramento, Calif. She will try to qualify in three events: the 100, 200 and long jump.

ET CETERA

CYCLING: Bradley McGee won the prologue of the Giro d'Italia in Genoa, completing the 4.2-mile individual time test in 8:30.

DIVING: The United States failed to win a medal in consecutive days at the Grand Prix in the Woodlands, Texas. Olympian Troy Dumais was the top American, finishing fourth in the 3-meter event.

FOOTBALL: The Tampa Bay Terminators beat the Orlando Mayhem 49-0 in the Independent Women's League. Sheylia Rutland had 76 yards and two touchdowns. Kim Shaw threw for 117 yards and one score and rushed for another. Diana Moore had three interceptions, returning one for a touchdown.

MLS: Jovan Kirovski scored twice in the second half, leading Los Angeles to a 3-1 victory over host Dallas. ... Ross Paule scored on a penalty kick a minute into second-half injury time to give Columbus a 1-all tie with host D.C. United. ... Dipsy Selowane scored in the 73rd minute, lifting Chicago into a 2-all tie with host Kansas City.

SKIING: Shelley Glover , a 17-year-old member of the U.S. team's developmental squad, died of head injuries sustained in a crash during a training run Wednesday.

[Last modified May 9, 2004, 01:41:11]


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