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© St. Petersburg Times, published March 11, 2001


Burrell sibling surprises

Dawn Burrell, whose sibling Leroy was the world record-holder at 100 meters, scored a shocking victory in the women's long jump at the World Indoor Championships on Saturday at Lisbon, Portugal.

"I knew it would take a 7-meter jump (22 feet, 11 3/4 inches) to win because there were two 7-meter jumpers in the field," Burrell said after her career-best 7.03 (23-0 3/4) on her final attempt.

Russia's Tatyana Kotova jumped 22-103/4 and 1999 world outdoor champion Niurka Montalvo of Spain went 22-7.

Burrell's victory was one of three by Americans.

Shawn Crawford won the 200 at 20.63 seconds and Lawrence Johnson led a 1-2 U.S. finish in the pole vault, clearing 19-6 1/4. Teammate Tye Harvey cleared 19-41/4.

TENNIS: Francisco Clavet upset defending champion Lleyton Hewitt, the No. 4 seed, 6-3, 6-4 to advance to the final of the Franklin Templeton Classic at Scottsdale, Ariz. ... Xavier Malisse defeated qualifier Peter Wessels 7-5, 6-4 to move into the final of the Citrix Championships at Delray Beach. ... John McEnroe edged Mats Wilander 4-6, 6-3, 10-7 and Andres Gomez defeated Pat Cash 7-5, 6-4 to reach the final of the Nuveen Champions tournament at Naples, Fla. ... Monica Seles and Conchita Martinez were upset late Friday in the Tennis Masters Series at Indian Wells, Calif. Seles lost to Tathiana Garbin 7-6 (8-6), 3-6, 6-4, and Elena Bovina beat Martinez 6-4, 6-4.

SKIING: With Swedish great Ingemar Stenmark looking on, Hermann Maier won the giant slalom at Are, Sweden, for his 13th victory this season, equaling one of skiing's mightiest records. Maier, who has captured the overall World Cup title three of the past four years, tied the record Stenmark set in 1979. Earlier, Sonja Nef won the last women's slalom of the season. ... Eric Bergoust of the United States won the freestyle aerials World Cup overall title at Himos, Finland. MORE WINTER SPORTS: Monique Garbrecht-Enfeldt bettered the world mark in the women's 1,000 meters speed skating by one-hundredth of a second, about five minutes after her German teammate, Sabine Voelker, had set the record to 1:14.14 at the world single-distance championships in Kearns, Utah. Gunda Niemann-Stirnemann of Germany took almost three seconds off her world record in the women's 5,000, setting the mark at 6:52.44. Hiroyasu Shimizu of Japan set a world record of 34.32 to win the men's 500. The previous mark of 34.63 was set on Jan. 29, 2000 by Canadian Jeremy Wotherspoon, who was second Saturday (34.52). ... Rene Spies, piloting Germany I, and brakeman Franz Sagmeister won the World Cup two-man bobsled finale at Lake Placid, N.Y. Todd Hays, driving USA1 with Pavle Jovanovic, was third.

COLLEGES: Julius Jones, Notre Dame's leading rusher last season, was suspended for spring practice for violation of university rules. ... Blair Varnes struck out a career-best 12 as FSU won its ACC baseball opener 9-2 over visiting Virginia. In the nightcap, the Seminoles (13-5) rolled 16-1. ... Miami seniors Kareen Clarke and Natalie Watson earned All-America track honors at the NCAA Championships in Fayetteville, Ark. Clarke finished fifth in the triple jump with a leap of 13.17 meters (43-21/2). Watson was sixth in the 800 (2:06.85). Also at the meet, Southern Methodist junior Janus Robberts threw the shot 70-1, an NCAA meet record and the second-best throw in the world this year. FSU senior Joe Allen reached All-America status after his long jump of 25-91/4 on Friday. ... USF's men's tennis team won its fifth straight match with a 6-1 win over visiting Alabama Birmingham. ... Florida's men's tennis team lost 5-2 to host Auburn. ... UF's men's golf team was tied for sixth after =the second round of the Las Vegas Intercollegiate. ... Jacksonville swept a baseball doubleheader against host Mercer, 6-4 and 5-2. ... Arizona State took advantage of six South Florida errors for a 16-5 baseball victory late Friday at Tempe, Ariz. ... FSU's softball team canceled its doubleheader in California because of poor field conditions. No makeup date has been scheduled. ... Utah's Jernej Bukovec and Petra Svet captured the men's and women's slaloms and Denver won its second straight NCAA skiing title at Middlebury, Vt.

IDITAROD: Doug Swingley built a substantial lead as mushers headed up the Yukon River in the sled dog race, less than 24 hours after two dogs died. Swingley reached the Eagle Island, Alaska, checkpoint about 3 1/2 hours ahead of Linwood Fiedler, but Fiedler had not yet taken his required eight-hour break.

FIELD HOCKEY: The United States beat Jamaica 5-0 for its second win in the Americas Cup women's tournament at Kingston, Jamaica.

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