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© St. Petersburg Times, published February 4, 2001


U.S. loses last tuneup

Fred Grisales scored on a counterattack eight minutes into the second half Saturday as Colombia defeated the United States 1-0 in a soccer exhibition at the Orange Bowl in Miami.

Nestor Salazar, marked by Jeff Agoos, raced toward goal on the play. American defender Greg Vanney also went for Salazar, leaving space for Grisales. Salazar passed to Grisales, who beat goalkeeper Tony Meola from 10 yards for his first international goal.

"Colombia was a much better team but I thought we gave them trouble," U.S. midfielder Clint Mathis said.

The game was the final friendly for the United States before it starts the final round of regional World Cup qualifying against Mexico on Feb. 28 at Columbus, Ohio.

MORE SOCCER: D.C. traded U.S. national team defender Carlos Llamosa to Miami for defender-midfielder Brian Kamler and the No. 4 pick in Monday's MLS draft.

HORSES: Frozen Dinner, ridden by Felix Ortiz, covered seven furlongs in 1 minute, 28.3 seconds to win the Gasparilla Stakes by 21/4 lengths over Bigcuz at Tampa Bay Downs. ... Wooden Phone led most of the way and upset horse of the year Tiznow by two lengths in the Strub Stakes at Santa Anita, Calif., Ridden by Corey Nakatani, Wooden Phone covered 11/8 in 1:48.2 and paid $16.40. The horse's trainer, Bob Baffert, won another $500,000 race when Captain Steve took the Donn Handicap at Gulfstream Park in Miami. ... Early Flyer overtook Lasersport in the stretch to win by a neck in the $150,000 San Vicente Stakes. ... Fickle Fanny, a 22-1 shot, won the six-furlong Correction Handicap for fillies and mares at Aqueduct.

TENNIS: No. 7 seed Roger Federer upset No. 2 Yevgeny Kafelnikov 6-2, 6-7 (4-7), 6-3 in the Milan Indoor tournament. In today's final he faces Julien Boutter, a 7-6 (5), 7-6 (3) winner over Greg Rusedski. ... Top seed Martina Hingis goes for an unprecedented third straight Toray Pan Pacific Open title in Tokyo today. She beat Magdaleva Maleeva 6-3, 1-6, 6-0. Hingis meets Lindsay Davenport, who beat Anna Kournikova 6-1, 6-7 (5-7), 6-0. ... No. 2 Fernando Vicente beat Alexandre Simoni 6-3, 7-6 (9-7) to advance to today's Colombia Open final at Bogota. He faces Juan Ignacio Chela, who beat Juan Albert Viloca.

BASKETBALL: Kwan Johnson scored 29 and John Strickland 28 to lead the Tampa Bay ThunderDawgs over host San Diego 118-107 late Friday in ABA 2000. The teams meet again at 3 p.m. today at the Bayfront Center in St. Petersburg.

SKIING: Martina Ertl won the women's slalom, barely a month after knee surgery for partially torn ligaments, at the World Championships in St. Anton, Austria. American Caroline Lalive lost a chance to medal when she missed a gate. Heavy snow and high winds postponed the weekend downhill races, rescheduled for Tuesday. ... Ville Kantee won his first jumping event of the season, spoiling a 493-foot leap by Adam Malysz in Willingen, Germany.

BIATHLON: Pavel Rostovtsev won a 6.2-mile sprint at Pokljuka, Slovenia, for his first world championship gold. He had a time of 24:40.3 and was accurate in both shooting rounds. Kati Wilhelm won the women's 4.6-mile sprint.

BOBSLEDDING: Christoph Langen piloted his four-man German sled to a track record and led after two of four runs at the World Championship in St. Moritz, Switzerland. Another German sled, led by Andre Lange, was second.

BOWLING: Patrick Healey Jr. led after the second round of match play in the PBA Championship at Toledo, Ohio. With a 48-game pinfall of 10,713, Healey led Ocala resident Walter Ray Williams Jr. by 15. The top 24 returned for the final round of match play late Saturday.

SPEEDSKATING: Hiroyasu Shimizu won his second straight 500-meter race at Heerenveen, Netherlands, to take the World Cup lead. Adne Sondral set a rink record of 1:10.15 in the 1,000. For the women, Catriona LeMay-Doan won at 500 and 1,000 and Claudia Pechstein took the 3,000.

AUTOS: Gary Scelzi won the Budweiser Shootout at Pomona, Calif., over Darrell Russell. In the AutoZone Winternationals at Pomona, Doug Kalitta (Top Fuel), Tommy Johnson Jr. (Funny Car) and Bruce Allen (Pro Stock) led qualifying for today's finals.

BASEBALL: Miguel Nieves hit two home runs to lead Venezuela over the Dominican Republic 11-1 at Culiacan, Mexico, in the second day of the Caribbean Series. Ex-Devil Ray Miguel Cairo also homered. Late Friday, Arizona's Erubiel Durazo and Rays third baseman Vinny Castilla homered back-to-back to lead Mexico over Venezuela 11-6, and Puerto Rico beat the Dominican Republic 7-3. The six-day tournament pits winners of winter league seasons.

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