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© St. Petersburg Times, published January 14, 2001


Hingis wins in Australian Open warmup event

Martina Hingis likes the pattern. Her game keeps getting stronger, and the Australian Open is up next.

Hingis defeated Lindsay Davenport 6-3, 4-6, 7-5 Saturday in Sydney, Australia, to win the adidas International in a match between the world's top-ranked women's tennis players.

"I was playing better and better each match," Hingis said. "I like the conditions like this. Physically, I'm consistent. I feel like I can handle it better than the bigger girls."

It was the 15th time Hingis and Davenport met in a final, with Davenport leading 9-6.

Among the men, Lleyton Hewitt retained the title before his home fans, downing top seed Magnus Norman 6-4, 6-1.

Hewitt, seeded second, raced to a 5-0 lead before Norman held serve. He closed the match when Norman sent a forehand long.

MORE TENNIS: Andre Agassi defeated Yevgeny Kafelnikov 6-3, 3-6, 6-3 to win the Colonial Classic in Melbourne, Australia. Juan Carlos Ferrero beat Nicolas Escude 6-3, 7-5 in the third-place match of the round-robin event. ... Rita Grande staged a comeback to beat Jennifer Hopkins and win her first WTA Tour title, the Tasmanian International at Hobart, Australia. Hopkins won the first seven games before Grande won 0-6, 6-3, 6-3.

HORSES: Tiznow, the winner of the Breeders' Cup Classic in November, took the $190,800 San Fernando Breeders' Cup Stakes by 1 1/4 lengths in Arcadia, Calif., at Santa Anita Park. Chris McCarron's ride covered 1 1/16 miles in 1:42 to beat Walkslikeaduck ... American Halo, a 29-1 shot, caught favored Vision and Verse in the final stride to win the $103,000 Grade III Skip Away Handicap at Gulfstream Park. Pleasant Breeze finished 2 1/4 lengths in front of Rich Celebration for third in the 1 1/16 race.

SOCCER: One person reportedly was killed when Nigerian police fired on a stampeding crowd before an African Cup qualifying match at Lagos in which Nigeria beat Zambia 1-0. ... Sunderland won 2-0 at West Ham to most past Arsenal into second place in the English Premier League. Manchester United scored all its goals in the final 18 minutes to win 3-0 at Bradford and extend its lead to 11 points. ... Nuno Gomes and Manuel Rui Costa scored for Fiorentina, which beat AC Milan 4-0 to move into a tie for second in the Italian League, eight points behind AS Roma.

AUTOS: Two-time defending champion Jean-Louis Schlesser won the 405.5-mile 12th stage of the Dakar Rally, ending in Tidjikja, Mauritania, in 7 hours, 1 minute, 47 seconds. Carlos Sousa was second in 7:13:46. Hiroshi Masuoka leads overall. In the motorcycle section, Jordi Arcarons won his first stage in 7:11:16. ... CART will sanction the Barber Dodge Pro Series in a agreement with Skip Barber racing schools.

SPEED SKATING: Americans Jennifer Rodriguez and Derek Parra won 1,500-meter races against Canada's national team at West Allis, Wis., during regional qualifying for the World Allround Championships. Rodriguez, from Miami, is the first Cuban-American to make the national team. She won in 2:00.79 and Parra, from San Bernardino, Calif., won in 1:51.40. The top six women and seven men from North America and Oceania qualify for the World Championships Feb. 9-11 in Budapest, Hungary. ... Dmitry Shepel won a 1,500-meter race and led the men's standings entering the final event in the European Championships at Baselga Di Pine, Italy.

LUGE: Sonja Wiedemann won a women's race and Patric Leitner and Alexander Resch completed a German sweep by winning men's doubles at Igls, Austria. Olympic champion Silke Kraushaar was runner-up among the women, with Andre Florschuetz and Torsten Wustlich second in doubles. ... Reinhard Gruber won at Luson, Italy, and Ferdinand Hirzegger took the lead in the overall standings. Gruber had a combined time of 2:00.72 to edge Hirzegger by 0.38 seconds.

SNOWBOARDING: Karine Ruby won in snowboard cross for the third time this season at Avoriaz, France, and took the lead in the standings. Jasey Jay Anderson won the men's event.

SKIING: Renate Goetschl won the women's downhill and Regine Cavagnoud won in super-G at Haus Im Ennstal, Austria. Alison Powers of the United States broke her left kneecap and will miss the rest of the season. Michaela Dorfmeister finished fourth in the super-G but officials confiscated her skis to check for a possible irregularity. A ruling is expected next week. ... Heavy fog wiped out a men's downhill scheduled in Wengen, Switzerland, for the second straight day. No makeup date was announced. ... Nicolas Fontaine won a freestyle event at Mont-Tremblant, Quebec, over Dmitri Dashinski. ... Johann Muehlegg won by more than a minute in a 15-kilometer classic cross country at Midway, Utah, and took the lead in the overall standings. Italy won the women's 4 x 5K relay. ... Adam Malysz set a hill record with a first-round jump of 206.5 meters to win at Harrachov, Czech Republic. Janne Ahonen jumped the same distance in the first round but spoiled his second-round attempt and finished fifth.

BIATHLON: Magdalena Forsberg won her sixth straight, a 7.5-kilometer race in Ruhpolding, Germany.

SWIMMING: Jason Lezak won the 100-meter freestyle in 47.78 seconds, giving the United States its only victory on the opening day of a short-course meet in Imperia, Italy. Domenico Fioravanti of Italy won the 100 medley and the 50 breaststroke.

DOG RACING: Ryan Farms Dominator won the All-Star Kennel Preview Stakes at Derby Lane. The 1-2 favorite paid 3.00 to win. Greys Matterhorn was second and D's Jasmine third.

COLLEGES: Host Georgia (5-0-1) beat Florida (1-5) 196.50-195.10 in gymnastics. ... Florida's Candice Scott won the weight throw and shot put at the Florida Intercollegiate meet in Gainesville. Nicholas Briley won the shot put and Erik Newby the triple jump for the Gators. Christian Bland won the high jump, B.J. Linnenbrink the 35-pound weight throw and Megan Robins the pole vault for FSU. ... South Carolina's Mikele Barber beat twin sister Me'Lisa in the 60 and 200 meters at the Armory Collegiate Invitational in New York. South Carolina won the women's title and Ohio State the men's. ... The Florida women's swimming team rallied in the final three events to defeat Texas 152-148 in UF's home opener.

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