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Tiebreaks lift Agassi to final

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Published October 31, 2004

STOCKHOLM, Sweden - Andre Agassi reached the Stockholm Open final for the first time, edging Germany's Tommy Haas 7-6 (7-5), 7-6 (7-4) and advancing to the title match against Thomas Johansson.

Johansson, a former Australian Open champion, beat 19-year-old countryman Michael Ryderstedt 6-3, 6-2 in the other semifinal. Johansson won this event four years ago, the last Swede to do so.

The top-seeded Agassi won in straight sets for the fourth straight match, but this was his toughest. He has beaten Haas two of three times this year. "Today was very high standard," said Agassi, who lost in the quarterfinals in Stockholm in 1989 and 1994.

ELSEWHERE: Top-seeded Amelie Mauresmo rallied past Jelena Jankovic 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 to advance to the Generali Open final against Elena Bovina in Linz, Austria. Bovina defeated Nadia Petrova 6-3, 4-6, 7-6 (7-3). ... David Nalbandian beat injured Olympic champion Nicolas Massu 6-3, 6-4 to reach his third straight Swiss Indoors final in Basel, setting up a title match against Jiri Novak. ... Russia's Mikhail Youzhny and Slovakia's Karol Beck won three-set semifinals and will play for the St. Petersburg Open title in Russia. ... Australian Alicia Molik and Russian Danara Safina advanced to the finals of the SEAT Open in Luxembourg.

COLLEGES: Bulls scrimmage

The USF men's basketball team held its first full intrasquad scrimmage. Senior forward Terrence Leather led all scorers with 28 points. Coach Robert McCullumjuggled players between the two squads and said he was pleased by the play of two first-year guards - sophomore Marius Prekevicius and freshman Collin Dennis. Dennis had 13 points, and Prekevicius scored 16 despite wearing a face mask to protect a recently broken nose. Senior guard Marlyn Bryant scored 20 points and junior guard James Holmes had 15.

CROSS COUNTRY: FSU junior Andrew Lemoncello won the men's title at the ACC Championship, as the men finished second in College Park, Md. The women were sixth. ... The UF men finished second and the women were fourth at the SEC Championships in Fayetteville, Ark. ... The USF women finished fourth and the men 10th at the C-USA Championships in Palos Hills, Ill.

GOLF: The UF women shot a 305 and fell to seventh on Day 2 of the Chrysler ACC/SEC Challenge in Sandestin.

SOCCER: The USF men lost 5-0 to St. John's at the FIU Classic in Miami. ... In a game marred by seven yellow cards and one red, the UT men beat visiting Palm Beach Atlantic 3-2. ... The UT women outshot host Lynn 27-5 but lost 1-0.

TENNIS: FSU senior Natalie Tirapelli of St. Petersburg advanced to the championship flight of the Lady Seminole Classic in Tallahassee with a 6-4, 6-2 win over UCF's Megan Hunter. Seminoles junior Lindsay Deason also advanced with a 6-2, 6-4 victory over Milica Miladinovic of Stetson.

VOLLEYBALL: Setter Amy Rumore of Tampa had 32 assists, as UT beat host Saint Leo 3-0.


SOCCER: Freddy Adu had an assist in his first career playoff appearance, as his D.C. United beat the visiting MetroStars 2-0 and advance to the Eastern Conference final.

SOFTBALL: Team USA advanced to the Gold Medal game of the World University Championship in Plant City with a 2-0 victory over Chinese Taipei.

FIGURE SKATING: Canadians Emanuel Sandhu and Cynthia Phaneuf each won singles titles at Skate Canada in Halifax, Nova Scotia, the second Grand Prix meet of the season.

SWIMMING: Princeton's Alan Ebersole, 20, of Vicksburg, Miss., drowned in the Atlantic off South Florida while training during fall break, police said.

BOXING: Japan's Yutaka Niida retained the WBA minimumweight title in Tokyo, beating Venezuela's Juan Landaeta with a barrage late in the bout.

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