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© St. Petersburg Times, published March 10, 2001


Seeds falling fast in Scottsdale

Tim Henman was the latest seed to fall at the Franklin Templeton Classic, and it wasn't even close.

Harel Levy, a 22-year-old Israeli, dominated the sixth-seeded British player from the start for a 6-2, 6-4 quarterfinal victory Friday in Scottsdale, Ariz.

Levy advanced to the semifinals against the highest remaining seed, No. 3 Magnus Norman, who survived a scare from 19-year-old Mardy Fish 6-3, 3-6, 6-3.

Levy's victory was his first over a top 10 player. Henman, who made it to the final in Scottsdale last year, is 10th in the latest 52-week rankings.

MORE TENNIS: Peter Wessels beat Edwin Kempes 7-6 (7-4), 7-6 (7-2) in the quarterfinals of the Citrix Championships in Delray Beach. Wessels faces Xavier Malisse in the semifinals. ... Tathiana Garbin beat fourth seed Monica Seles 7-6 (8-6), 3-6, 6-4 at the Tennis Masters Series in Indian Wells, Calif. Martina Hingis, Lindsay Davenport and Venus Williams won their second-round matches.

BOXING: Shannan Taylor (28-0-1, 20 knockouts) said he would die to win Shane Mosley's WBC welterweight title in their 12-round fight at 11 tonight at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, but Mosley (36-0, 33 knockouts) said that won't be necessary. "Don't say die, just a knockout, maybe," said Mosley, a 17-1 favorite.

COLLEGES: South Florida senior Kerine Black finished sixth in the long jump at the NCAA Championships in Fayetteville, Ark., earning her fourth All-America honor, her first in the long jump. Black jumped 20 feet, 10.5 inches, finishing 11/2 inches behind winner Jenny Adams of Houston. Black failed to advance in the 60-meter dash. She will compete in the triple jump today. Florida's Moise Joseph won his heat of the 800 meters in 1:50.23 and qualified for today's final. The Gators also have Rickey Harris in the final of the 60 meters and Aaron Armstrong in the 200. On the women's side, Niki Benjamin qualified in the 60. ... The South Florida men's tennis team beat Tennessee-Martin 7-0 in Tampa. ... The FSU softball team opened the San Diego State tournament with an 8-0 win over California-Riverside and 2-1 in eight innings over San Diego. ... Tennessee beat Florida's baseball team 7-3 in Gainesville. Joey Simon gave up nine hits and seven runs in seven innings to take the loss. ... Rutgers' baseball team upset Miami 6-4 in 10 innings at Coral Gables.

CYCLING: Lance Armstrong's U.S. Postal Service team is willing to release its blood samples to French authorities investigating possible drug use during last year's Tour de France, according to the team's Web site. Armstrong has repeatedly denied taking illegal substances, and U.S. Postal Service officials have said the team respects anti-drug rules. ... Greg LeMond wants to return to the Tour de France in July, 11 years after he won a third time. LeMond, 39, retired in 1994.

HORSES: There is not a standout among the 13-horse field of today's $1-million Florida Derby at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale Beach. But several colts have a chance to move to the head of the Kentucky Derby class with a victory in the 11/8-mile race. Monarchos, winless as a 2-year-old and unbeaten this year, is among that group that includes Fountain of Youth winner Songandaprayer and runner-up Outofthebox. Invisible Ink and Monarchos are the favorites, each at 5-2.

IDITAROD: Linwood Fiedler reclaimed the lead over defending champion Doug Swingley in the sled dog race when he arrived at Anvik, Alaska. Fiedler won a gourmet dinner for being the first to reach the Yukon River.

SAILING: In Coconut Grove, Bermuda's Peter Bromby and Martin Siese earned their first victory as a team at the Bacardi Cup championship, an 80-boat race that featured many Olympians and world champions. It was Bromby's first win in 13 tries and crewman Siese's first competition.

SOCCER: Miami signed MLS veteran Pete Marino, 27, who played for D.C. last season and Tampa Bay in '99. Midfielder Keith Beach was released. ... Real Madrid's Raul Gonzalez was suspended for one game by the Union of European Football Associations for scoring a goal with his hand. He was fined $12,000 for the offense, committed during a 3-2 win over Leeds United in the European Champions Cup.

SWIMMING: Simon "Danny" Chocron, 27, was arrested Wednesday on another count of lewd and lascivious battery on a minor after police said another student of Bolles, a private school in Jacksonville where Chocron coached, came forward. Chocron, a former national champion and Florida State swimmer, was arrested last week on two felony charges of lewd and lascivious battery on a minor after a 15-year-old boy told police the two engaged in sexual acts at Chocron's home.

TRACK AND FIELD: The international governing body agreed with the two-year drug suspension given to shot-putter C.J. Hunter by the U.S. federation and considers the matter finished. Hunter, husband of triple Olympic champion Marion Jones, has said he is retired. ... Terrence Trammell charged away from Cuban Olympic gold medalist Anier Garcia to win the 60-meter hurdles at the World Indoor Championship in Lisbon, Portugal. Trammell, the U.S. champion, won in 7.51 seconds. Stacy Dragila, who recently improved her world record in the pole vault to 15-5, managed only 14-91/2 and finished fourth.

WINTER SPORTS: Felix Gottwald won the World Cup overall title by capturing the final cross-country race in Oslo, Norway. It was Gottwald's third straight victory and sixth this season. ... Regine Cavagnoud clinched the women's super-G title in Are, Sweden, with third place in the final. ... Catriona LeMay-Doan lowered her world record of 37.40 set in January to 37.29 and won the women's 500 meters at the World Single-Distance Speedskating Championships in Kearns, Utah.

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