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© St. Petersburg Times, published January 8, 2001


Extreme tops German club

Forward Tia Opliger scored twice to lead the Tampa Bay Extreme over HFV Frankfurt 5-4 Sunday in a soccer exhibition at Fort Myers High. The Extreme fell behind 3-2 before consecutive goals by Opliger, Nicole Jones and Carlene Stenson.

Frankfurt, the German Cup holder, has five German under-20 team players. The Extreme belongs to the W-League, a 40-team women's circuit.

The teams meet again at 7 p.m. Tuesday at St. Petersburg High, 2501 Fifth Ave. N. Admission is $4 and proceeds go to the St. Petersburg High soccer program.

MORE SOCCER: One fan was stabbed in the thigh, 20 went to the hospital and scores were injured inside and outside Rome's Stadio Olimpico, where Napoli upset Italian champion Lazio 2-1. One police officer's leg was broken. The violence started when Napoli fans vandalized two city buses. ... Rolando Fonseca scored two goals and assisted on another to lead Costa Rica past Guatemala 5-2 in a World Cup qualifying match in Miami. Costa Rica advanced to the second round against Honduras on Feb. 27 or 28.

BASEBALL: Cubs officials plan to meet Friday with Sammy Sosa to discuss a possible contract extension. Sosa will get $12-million in this, the final year of his deal.

BOXING: Three-time Olympic heavyweight champ Felix Savon retired to become coach of Cuba's team. ... Joel Casamayor (24-0, 15 knockouts) defended his WBA super-featherweight title for the fourth time late Saturday, stopping Robert Garcia in the ninth round in Las Vegas.

TENNIS: Marcelo Rios beat qualifier Bohdan Ulihrach 6-3, 2-6, 6-3 in the final of the Qatar Open at Doha. ... Tommy Haas won his second career title, beating Nicolas Massu 6-3, 6-1 in the AAPT Australian hard-court event at Adelaide. ... Michal Tabara won his first ATP title 6-2, 7-6 (7-4) over Andrei Stoliarov in the Gold Flake Open at Madras, India. ... Serena Williams beat Lilia Osterloh 6-3, 7-6 (8-6) in the first round of the Sydney (Australia) International. ... Anna Smashnova beat Saori Obata in the first round of the Tasmanian International at Hobart, Australia. ... Amanda Grahame beat Annabel Ellwood and Nathalie Dechy defeated Miriam Oremans in the first round of the Canberra (Australia) International.

HORSES: Russell Baze won his sixth straight Issac Murphy Award, given to the rider with the highest winning percentage. Baze won 27.2 percent of his rides, edging Jerry Bailey (27.1).

AUTOS: The Dakar Rally completed its seventh stage through Western Sahara amid threats of violence from a rebel group warning drivers to stay out of the disputed territory. Hiroshi Masuoka won the 306-mile stage that ended in Smara in 4 hours, 1 minute, 31 seconds. Isidre Esteve Pujol won the motorcycle division.

COLLEGES: Universities must rethink how they make and spend money, NCAA president Cedric Dempsey said at the NCAA convention in Lake Buena Vista. He said the 970 member schools bring in $3-billion a year but spend $4.1-billion. Division II delegates vote today on a proposal to allow athletes who graduate high school and sign a pro contract to play that sport later in college. ... Ohio State assistant Fred Pagac will interview for the coaching job vacated when John Cooper was fired. ... Iowa State wrestler Cael Sanderson won his 99th consecutive match to break Dan Gable's national record.

SKIING: Kristian Hammer held off Olympic champion Bjarte Engen Vik to win a Nordic combined event at Reit Im Winkl, Germany. ... A women's World Cup slalom in Maribor, Slovenia, was called off because of warm weather and strong gusts. It was not known if the event would be transferred or abandoned. ... A men's World Cup slalom scheduled for Les Arcs, France, was also wiped out by steady rain and snow. ... Andreas Schifferer, the World Cup downhill champ in 1997-98, had right knee surgery, a day after a hard fall during a giant slalom in Les Arcs, and will be out three months. ... Hannah Hardaway won the women's moguls freestyle event at Park City, Utah, beating World Cup leader Kari Traa.

BIATHLON: Sven Fischer won a World Cup event at Oberhof, Germany, in 40:57.4, beating Egil Gjelland by seven seconds. Magdalena Forsberg won the women's event.

SPEED SKATING: Chris Witty and Casey FitzRandolph won titles in the U.S. Sprint Championships in West Allis, Wis. Witty won the 500 meters in 39.75 seconds and the 1,000 in 1:17.51 and FitzRandolph won the 500 in 36:00.

BOWLING: Bob Glass won the American Bowling Congress Senior Masters in Reno, Nev., beating Dave Soutar 696-616 in the three-game final.

SNOWBOARDING: Rosey Fletcher and Mathieu Bozzetto won the women's and men's divisions of a parallel slalom events in Kreischberg, Austria.

OBITUARY: Sigge Bergman, a top executive with skiing's governing body for more than 30 years, died at 95 in Rattvik, Sweden. He was chairman of the International Ski Federation from 1946-61 and its secretary general from 1961-79.

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