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© St. Petersburg Times, published February 26, 2001

Seles tunes up late, tops Capriati in three

Monica Seles, who struggled with her timing all tournament, found her game during the third set to beat Jennifer Capriati 6-3, 5-7, 6-2 in the final Sunday of the IGA U.S. Indoor Championships in Oklahoma City.

Seles, who lost to Capriati in the quarterfinals during Capriati's run to the Australian Open championship, came up with her only ace in the third set and broke Capriati's serve twice.

"I was so disappointed with my match yesterday, and I said I better play some good tennis or it's going to be a quick match," Seles said. "Maybe that got me more relaxed."

Neither player served well but Seles was good on 79 percent of her first serves in the final set.

"I just made a few errors that I shouldn't have made," said Capriati, who was seeded second.

Seles was the defending champion and top seed.

MORE TENNIS: Mark Philippoussis capped his first event back on the ATP Tour after knee surgery by beating an ailing Davide Sanguinetti 6-3, 6-7 (7-5), 6-3 for the Kroger St. Jude title in Memphis, Tenn. ... Gustavo Kuerten surged through the first set in 26 minutes on the way to defeating home crowd favorite Jose Acasuso 6-1, 6-3 to win the AT&T Cup in Buenos Aires. ... Nicolas Escude beat Roger Federer 7-5, 3-6, 7-6 (7-5) to win the ABN AMRO indoor final in Rotterdam, Netherlands.

COLLEGE BASEBALL: Ryan Barthelemy's two-run home run in the top of the sixth inning helped Florida State outslug Florida 13-11. Mike Futrell had three hits as the Seminoles collected 16 off eight pitchers. A six-run rally in the ninth inning was not enough for the Gators. ... Kevin Howard had three hits, including a home run, and four RBI to lead host Miami past Albany 14-0. ... Minnesota pitcher C.J. Woodrow kept South Florida off balance into the eighth inning and the Gophers beat the host Bulls 8-4. ... Joey Watts and two relievers combined on a three-hitter and Matt Smith drove in two runs to lead Tampa past Florida Southern 4-1 at the Florida Southern Invitational in Lakeland. ... Second baseman B.J. Weed was 4-for-5 with a double as host Jacksonville collected 18 hits in a 16-4 pounding of Louisiana-Monroe. ... Eckerd snapped a three-game losing streak with a 9-8 victory against Henderson State in 10 innings at Valdosta, Ga. ... Josh Neitz allowed four hits in a 5-1 victory against Presbyterian in Game 1, and Mark Sbraccio allowed three hits in a 10-1 victory against Florida Tech in Game 2 for Saint Leo on the final day of the Lanier Upshaw Invitational in Lakeland.

COLLEGES: The Florida Southern men's golf team (897) was the top finisher from the state (sixth) as College of Charleston (859) won the Ron Smith Invitational. Central Florida (910) was 12th, host South Florida (911) was 13th and FAU (958) was 18th. College of Charleston's Bruce McDonald was the individual medalist at 211. ... The USF women's golf team (910) finished seventh at the Gator Invitational. UCF (912) was eighth, FSU (913) was ninth and host Florida (923) was 11th in the 17-team event. Auburn (868) was the team champion and Georgia's Summer Sirmons won the individual title at 213. ... Jen White-Stokes pitched a complete game as FSU's softball team beat FAU 1-0 in Boca Raton for the title of the Worth Invitational. ... South Florida's softball team defeated FIU 2-1 for its seventh consecutive victory and the title of the Wilson Invitational. ... The Florida men's and women's swimming and diving teams finished third at the SEC Championships in Tuscaloosa, Ala. The men finished with 584 points, behind champion Auburn and Tennessee. The women had 604 points, trailing champion Georgia and Auburn. ... Florida's women scored 101 points to finish second to Arkansas at the SEC Indoor Track Championships at Lexington, Ky. The Gator men were fourth, behind champion Arkansas, LSU and Tennessee.

SOCCER: Liverpool won England's League Cup for the first time since 1995 and for a record sixth time, defeating first-division Birmingham 5-4 on penalty kicks after a 1-1 tie when goalkeeper Sander Westerveld stopped Andrew Johnson.

XFL: Las Vegas quarterback Mark Grieb hit Mike Furrey with a 41-yard touchdown pass to send the Outlaws past host San Francisco 16-9. ... Rashaan Salaam splashed his way to 122 yards and a touchdown as visiting Memphis beat Los Angeles 18-12 in a downpour. ... Late Saturday, Orlando defensive end Bill Duff scored on a 48-yard return of a Casey Weldon fumble as the host Rage beat Memphis 30-6 to improve to 4-0.

BASKETBALL: John Strickland scored 26 as the host ThunderDawgs beat Memphis in ABA 2000 play. ... The CBA has filed for bankruptcy, with a number of its former teams seeking money from the defunct league.

TRACK AND FIELD: Former Olympic champion Dieter Baumann competed despite an international ban for failing a drug test and won the 3,000-meter race at the German indoor championships in Frankfurt. His action set the stage for a showdown between the German federation and the sport's world governing body. Baumann obtained a court order that allowed him to compete. ... Stephanie Graf beat Olympic 800-meter champion Maria Mutola for the third time in two weeks, coming from behind to set a season's best at 1 minute, 57.53 seconds at the Lievin Indoor meet in France.

BOXING: Artur Grigorian retained his WBO lightweight title, stopping Jose Angel Perez in the sixth round in Hamburg, Germany.

SKIING: Isolde Kostner won a World Cup super-G race in Lenzerheide, Switzerland, for her first victory this season, and runner-up Renate Goetschl remained in contention for consecutive season titles in the event. ... Johann Muehlegg won the 50-kilometer cross-country freestyle at the Nordic World Championships in Lahti, Finland. He beat Rene Sommerfeldt by nearly two minutes.

BOBSLEDDING: Andre Lange broke the track record at Park City, Utah, and held off Christian Reich to win a World Cup four-man race. Lange had a first-run time of 46.57 seconds.

OBITUARY: Sir Donald Bradman, the Australian cricket star who had a record test scoring average of 99.94, died at his Adelaide home at age 92.

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