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© St. Petersburg Times, published March 5, 2001

Rusedski defeats Agassi for first title since '99

Greg Rusedski knew after the first point that he was going to beat Andre Agassi.

With a booming serve reaching 139 mph, the British lefty upset the Australian Open champ 6-3, 6-4 in Sunday's $400,000 Sybase Open final.

"The way I was thinking and serving out there, I was in command," Rusedski said.

The tournament's eighth seed, who earned his 10th career title, had not won a final since October 1999 in Vienna.

"You have to expect him to serve well," Agassi said. "Once he gets up a break, you feel he gets the feeling that the finish line is in sight."

MORE TENNIS: Lindsay Davenport defeated Meghann Shaughnessy 6-2, 6-3 in the final of the State Farm championship at Scottsdale, Ariz. ... No. 1 Gustavo Kuerten beat wild card Galo Blanco 6-4, 6-2 to win the Mexican Open at Acapulco. Amanda Coetzer won the women's title over Elena Dementieva, 2-6, 6-1, 6-2.

SOCCER: Visiting Roma rallied from a one goal deficit to beat Internazionale 3-2 and take a six-point lead over Juventus in the Italian League. Roma leads third-place Lazio, the defending league champion, by eight. ... Celtic remained 14 points ahead of defending Scottish Premier League champion Rangers after a 3-0 win at Dunfermline.

SKIING: A day after clinching the World Cup overall title, Hermann Maier won the super-G race at Kvitfjell, Norway to win the title in that event. ... Martin Schmitt won his fifth jumping event of the season before his home fans in Oberstdorf, Germany. ... World champion Per Elofsson won the 15k freestyle in a cross country event at Kavgolovo, Russia.

COLLEGES: In baseball, host Florida State beat Michigan State 9-5 to complete a three-game sweep. FSU's home game Tuesday against St. Joseph's was moved to a 3:30 p.m. start. The final of the Devil Rays Invitational between South Florida and Florida Atlantic was rained out at Florida Power Park. Ben Harrison homered for the second consecutive day as host Florida beat Central Michigan 11-2. Tampa was held to four hits, committed four errors and dropped to 15-1 with a 9-4 loss at Valdosta State. ... In softball, FSU won the Seminole Challenge, defeating Northwestern 8-2 then beating Central Michigan 2-0 in the championship game. ... In men's tennis, visiting Florida was swept 7-0 by Duke. USF's match against FAU was rained out. ... In women's tennis, Florida won 6-1 at LSU. Host Miami beat Virginia Tech 7-0 as Seminole High graduate Lauren Scaglione won 6-4, 6-0 at No. 5 singles. In women's tennis, Florida won 6-1 at LSU. Host Miami beat Virginia Tech 7-0 as Seminole High graduate Lauren Scaglione won 6-4, 6-0 at No. 5 singles. ... Despite a season high in points, visiting Florida lost to Nebraska 197.325-196.625 in women's gymnastics.

SPEED SKATING: Anni Friesinger set a world record in the women's 1,500 meters at Calgary, Alberta. The top three broke Annamarie Thomas' mark of 1:55.50, led by Friesinger's 1:54.38.

TRACK AND FIELD: Penn State ended Georgetown's eight-year reign as IC4A meet champions at Boston. Lincoln's Chaz Clemons set a meet record at 60 meters in 6.69 seconds. ... Tatiana Kotova won the women's long jump at 22 feet, 51/4 inches and Benjamin Kipkurui won the men's 800 in 1:46.2 at Sindelfingen, Germany, in a warmup for next weekend's indoor world championships in Portugal. ... Alan Webb of Reston (Va.) South Lakes High set a national high school record of 2 minutes, 23.68 seconds in the 1,000 meters at a meet in Fairfax, Va.

HORSES: Tickets are selling for next week's Cheltenham Festival though the jumping meet could be canceled because of foot and mouth outbreaks in Britain.

BOWLING: Steve Wilson beat Jason Couch 256-228 in the finals of the PBA Tour's Battle at Little Creek at Virginia Beach, Va., for his third career title. Wilson beat Tony Reyes 245-150 and Couch beat Brian Himmler 240-227 in the semifinals.

IDITAROD: Three-time winner Jeff King was first out of the chute at the start of the 1,100-mile race in Willow, Alaska.

RUNNING: Stephen Ndungu, a 33-year-old farmer and construction worker, won the Los Angeles Marathon in 2 hours, 13 minutes, 13 seconds. Elana Paramonova, a train engineer, captured the women's division in 2:36:58.

BASKETBALL: The visiting Tampa Bay ThunderDawgs beat San Diego for the second straight day late Saturday, 97-95. Tampa Bay outscored San Diego 20-15 in the fourth quarter. Tampa Bay's Innocent Kere had 24 points and 14 rebounds.

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