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Unbeaten Federer in finale

By wire services
Published March 4, 2006


DUBAI, United Arab Emirates - Top-ranked Roger Federer will play No. 2 Rafael Nadal today in the Dubai Open final, one day after both had straight-set semifinal wins.

Federer will aim for his third consecutive title after defeating Mikhail Youzhny 6-2, 6-3. The Swiss star is 16-0 this season.

Nadal beat Rainer Schuettler 6-4, 6-2.

QATAR OPEN: Top-seeded Amelie Mauresmo defeated Martina Hingis 6-2, 6-2 and will play second-seeded Nadia Petrova in today's final in Doha. Petrova topped Ai Sugiyama 6-1, 7-6 (7-2).

MEXICAN OPEN: Seventh-seeded Juan Ignacio Chela knocked out Nicolas Almagro 6-2, 6-2 to reach the final in Acapulco. Second-seeded Anna-Lena Groenefeld made it to the women's championship, beating Emilie Loit 6-2, 6-4.

BORG AUCTION: Swedish tennis great Bjorn Borg will auction off his five Wimbledon trophies and two of his rackets to achieve "financial security," an auction house said. The trophies are expected to fetch between $350,000 and $525,000.

COLLEGES: 'Noles blank Brown

TALLAHASSEE - Josh Spivey had two hits and two RBIs, and four Florida State pitchers combined on a six-hit shutout in a 12-0 win over Brown.

Bryan Henry (4-0) got the win, going six innings and extending his scoreless inning streak to 21. Dennis Guinn added three RBIs for the Seminoles (12-1). Bryan Henry (4-0) went six innings for the Seminoles, giving up four hits and striking out seven while walking none.

ELSEWHERE: Three pitchers combined on a five-hit shutout as visiting Texas A&M dealt Florida (8-5) its third straight loss, 4-0. ... Visiting Tampa (11-3) defeated Rollins 5-2 in its Sunshine State Conference opener. Orlando Rosales and Chris Ignaut homered for the Spartans, while Sergio Perez (1-1) got the win. ... Host USF fell to 4-7 with a 5-1 loss to Illinois. ... Host UCF (5-7) set four school marks in a 23-2 win over Monmouth.

GOLF: USF's Tyler Hitchcock shot an even-par 71 and is tied for sixth individually after the first day of the Dick Wittcoff Invitational. The host Bulls are tied for 13th with a 303. Middle Tennessee and Nebraska are tied for the lead at 288.

SOFTBALL: USF (11-8) bounced back from a loss earlier in the day to defeat Sam Houston State 2-1 at the University of Arizona Hillenbrand Invitational in Tucson. Cristi Ecks (5-5) picked up the win, pitching six innings, allowing one run on seven hits and striking out five. Bree Spence got the save. ... Michigan scored five runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to rally for a 6-3 victory over FSU (9-7) in the Sunshine State Tournament in Tallahassee. ... Host Florida (13-6) split in the Cox Communications Invitational. The Gators defeated Central Michigan 4-2 but lost to Seton Hall 4-3. ... Niki Trowell threw a one-hitter as Tampa (4-6) blanked Queens (N.Y.) 8-0 to open the Eckerd Tourney in St. Petersburg. The Spartans fell 2-1 to Northwood in their second game. ... Host Eckerd (2-7) fell 3-1 to Florida Tech in it's SSC opener.

TENNIS: The Florida women (7-1) defeated Mississippi 6-1 in their SEC opener. ... The Florida men improved to 7-2 by winning their SEC opener 5-2 over Mississippi. ... The Tampa women suffered their fourth straight loss, 9-0 to host Barry.

ET CETERA

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: Virginia football coach Al Groh named his son Mike the Cavaliers offensive coordinator.

CYCLING: Britain's Rob Hayles won the individual pursuit in the World Cup meet in Sydney, Australia. Olympic bronze medalist Anna Meares of Australia beat American Jennie Reed in the women's sprint.

SKIING: Steve Omischl of Canada earned his first victory of the season and Australia's Jacqui Cooper claimed the women's title in a Freestyle World Cup aerials competition in Davos, Switzerland.