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Women's top seed rules the beaches

By wire services
Published April 3, 2006


FORT LAUDERDALE - Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh won the AVP season-opening Fort Lauderdale Open on Sunday, beating Nancy Mason and Jen Kessy-Boss in a three-set final.

May-Treanor and Walsh - the reigning Olympic gold medalists, defending AVP Championship Series titlists and top seeds in Fort Lauderdale - rallied past the eighth-seeded Mason and Kessy-Boss 19-21, 21-19, 15-9.

"We're starting the year at a high point," May-Treanor said. "Everybody is gunning for us so we wanted to do well in the first tournament of the year."

May-Treanor and Walsh also had to come from behind to get into the final, downing second-seeded Elaine Youngs and Rachel Wacholder 25-27, 21-17, 15-12 in the semifinals.

In the men's competition, second-seeded Jake Gibb and Sean Rosenthal beat top-seeded Mike Lambert and Stein Metzger 27-25, 21-16 for the title. It was the first time the top two seeded teams both advanced to an AVP final since the Santa Barbara Open in 2004.

SOCCER

One short of record

HOUSTON - Brian Ching scored four goals to lead Houston to a 5-2 victory over the Colorado Rapids in the Dynamo's inaugural Major League Soccer game.

Ching became only the ninth player in league history to score four goals in a game. Clint Mathis set the MLS record of five in 2000.

D.C. UNITED 2, NEW YORK 2: Host D.C. United rallied with second-half goals from Alecko Eskandarian and Facundo Erpen , salvaging a 2-2 tie with the new-look Red Bulls in its opener.

Formerly the MetroStars, the New York franchise was renamed after it was purchased last month by the Austrian producers of the popular energy drink.

CHIVAS USA 3, REAL SALT LAKE 0: Ante Razov scored two goals and Juan Pablo Garcia added another as host Chivas USA won its season opener.

ET CETERA

CURLING: Pete Fenson and Team USA rallied with six points over the final three ends to defeat Denmark 8-5 in the fifth draw of the World Men's Curling Championships in Lowell, Mass. In an earlier match, Scotland overcame an early 4-1 deficit to defeat Canada 7-5. Scotland, Switzerland and the U.S. are tied atop the standings with 3-0 records.

CYCLING: World champion Tom Boonen of Belgium won the Ronde of Flanders in Meerbeke, Belgium, outsprinting Lief Hoste to repeat his victory from last year. American George Hincapie was 1:14 back in third place after a packed sprint.

races.

ROWING: Oxford pulled away to beat Cambridge convincingly in the 152nd edition of the Boat Race on the River Thames, its second straight win and fourth in the past five years.

RUNNING: Paul Kosgei of Kenya ran the second-fastest half marathon ever, winning the Berlin, Germany, race in 59 minutes, 7 seconds. Haile Gebrselassie of Ethiopia set the world record of 58:55 in January in Tempe, Ariz. ... Ethiopia's Kenenisa Bekele won the men's long race at the World Cross Country Championships in Fukuoka, Japan, taking the title for the fifth straight time.

SAILING: Pirates of the Caribbean took an early lead in the Volvo Ocean Race, moving toward North American waters in the fifth leg of the around-the-world event. The six yachts left Rio de Janeiro's Guanabara Bay under overcast skies and light wind, heading north in the 5,755-mile trek to Baltimore. Ericsson Racing Team was second and overall leader ABN AMRO TWO third as the fleet moved toward a scoring gate in Fernando de Noronha isle in Brazil's northeastern coast. They are expected to arrive in Baltimore in about two weeks.

SPEEDSKATING: The South Koreans completed a dominant weekend at the World Short Track Speedskating Championships, winning men's overall gold and silver medals plus the women's overall gold.