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By BRANT JAMES and Times wires

© St. Petersburg Times, published January 10, 2001

Navratilova will give doubles another shot

Martina Navratilova plans to play another season of doubles.

Navratilova, 44, said she will team with Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario in at least seven tournaments: Miami, Amelia Island, Berlin, Rome, Paris, Eastbourne and Wimbledon.

Navratilova played doubles last year at Wimbledon with Mariaan de Swardt.

MORE TENNIS: The 22-match doubles winning streak of Venus and Serena Williams ended in Sydney, Australia, to Martina Hingis and Monica Seles in the adidas International. Also, No. 3 seed Seles beat Nicole Pratt. Among the men, top seed Magnus Norman won, No. 3 Wayne Ferreira lost to Roger Federer, and No. 4 Cedric Pioline lost to Jonas Bjorkman. ... Top seed Amy Frazier beat Miroslava Vavrinec in the second round of the Tasmanian International at Hobart, Australia. ... No. 1 Mary Pierce beat Amanda Grahame at the Canberra (Australia) International. ... Greg Rusedski defeated Mark Nielsen and Arnaud di Pasquale beat No. 6 seed Marcelo Rios at Auckland, New Zealand, in the Heineken Open.

AUTOS: Jutta Kleinschmidt won the 320-mile ninth stage of the Dakar Rally at El Ghallaouiya, Mauritania. Isidre Esteve Pujol won the motorcycle division.

SOCCER: Sven-Goran Eriksson resigned as coach of Italian champion Lazio. He had already agreed to become England's coach. ... The New England Revolution re-signed forward Johnny Torres. ... Hossam Hassam broke Lothar Matthaeus' world record, making his 151st international appearance and getting an assist as Egypt beat Zambia 3-1 at Cairo in an exhibition. ... The Mutiny practiced at the Land O'Lakes Recreational Complex, a day after opening camp with two practices. It is preparing for an exhibition against Scotland's Glascow Celtic on Jan. 19 at Tampa's Pepin/Rood Stadium.

GOLF: Captain Sam Torrance said Sweden's Jesper Parnevik will be on Europe's Ryder Cup as a wild card if he is not among the 10 automatic picks. ... PGA commissioner Tim Finchem said he is willing to investigate the use of performance-enhancing drugs if he gets solid evidence, but he isn't willing to authorize a study.

SKIING: Hermann Maier beat Michael Von Gruenigen to win a World Cup giant slalom at Adelboden, Switzerland. American Erik Schlopy was fifth.

HORSES: Tampa Bay Downs paid out a record Pick Three of $12,913.40 when 50-1 shot Whistle won the eighth race. Goodnight Trail finished second and Selecting You third. In the earlier legs, Race6 was won by 5-2 shot Exzottica, and Race7 went to 20-1 shot Solar Surge.

DOG RACING: Semifinal heats for the 37th annual All-Star Kennel Preview at Derby Lane are scheduled in Races 6 and 10.

BOXING: Three weeks after he needed brain surgery to remove a blood clot, Paul Ingle began walking and talking. ... Former heavyweight champion Jim Braddock and Hungary's Laszlo Papp, the first three-time Olympic boxing champion, were among 16 picked for the International Hall of Fame.

OBITUARY: Lowell Perry, a Michigan star in the 1950s and the first black NFL assistant coach after World War II, died at 66.

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