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© St. Petersburg Times, published March 12, 2001


Clavet conquers hard courts

Francisco Clavet achieved one final conquest.

Clavet, 32, defeated weary third-seeded Magnus Norman 6-4, 6-2 Sunday to win the Franklin Templeton Classic at Scottsdale, Ariz., his first hard-court title in 13 years of professional tennis.

"This is the happiest day in my tennis life," Clavet said. "I will keep these people and this tournament in my heart all my life."

Playing steady and waiting for opponents to make mistakes, Clavet began his week with an upset of No. 2 Andre Agassi, then beat defending champion Lleyton Hewitt, the No. 4 seed, Saturday to advance to the final.

Norman had 21/2 hours to rest for the final after defeating Harel Levy in a rain-delayed 7-6 (7-3), 7-6 (10-8) semifinal Sunday morning.

"It's difficult. I haven't played two singles matches in a day since I probably was 14 years old," Norman said.

MORE TENNIS: Jan-Michael Gambill had 11 aces and never lost his serve, beating Xavier Malisse 7-5, 6-4 to win the Citrix Championships at Delray Beach. Gambill also teamed with Andy Roddick to win the doubles championship. ... Andres Gomez beat John McEnroe 3-6, 6-3, 11-9 in the final of the Nuveen Champions tournament at Naples, Fla. ... Second-seeded Lindsay Davenport beat Anne-Gaelle Sidot 6-4, 6-4 in the third round of the Tennis Masters Series at Indian Wells, Calif. Third-seeded Venus Williams and seventh-seeded Serena Williams also advanced to the round of 16.

BOXING: Former WBA heavyweight champion Greg Page remained in critical condition, two days after injuring his head in a fight in Erlanger, Ky. The University of Cincinnati Hospital said the family of Page, 43, does not want details of his condition released. ... Shane Mosley defended his WBC welterweight title when Shannan Taylor called it quits after the fifth round in Las Vegas Saturday.

COLLEGES: Mike Futrell's home run in the sixth inning gave host Florida State a 2-1 win over Virginia in baseball and a three-game sweep of its first ACC series of the season. The Seminoles have won 11 straight. Also in baseball, All-America catcher Casey Myers had a two-run homer and four RBI as Arizona State finished a weekend sweep of visiting South Florida with a 12-4 win. Chris Burke led off the game with a home run and Brandon Crowe pitched eight shutout innings as Tennessee defeated host Florida 8-2 for a sweep of the weekend series. Rutgers took advantage of six errors by Miami and three Scarlet Knights pitchers held off the Hurricanes in a 9-6 win. The loss was Miami's first in a three-game home series since 1998. Tampa split a doubleheader with Alabama-Huntsville, losing the first game 10-4 and winning the second 5-4 in nine innings at Montgomery, Ala. Jacksonville scored six times in the first three innings and held host Florida A&M to three hits in a 10-2 win. ... In men's tennis, Florida State defeated host N.C. State 5-2 and Florida lost to host South Carolina 4-3. ... In women's tennis, Florida State lost to host Pepperdine 4-3. The Florida men's golf team finished seventh with 12-over-par 876 at the Las Vegas Intercollegiate. Georgia Tech won (20-under 844). Camilo Villegas finished fourth individually (4-under 212). Jeff Quinney of Arizona State won (13-under 203).Jacksonville's Monique Tubbs won the national title in the 60-meter dash atthe NCAA Division I indoor championships late Saturday at Fayetteville, Ark. Her time was 7.29 seconds. Tubbs is Jacksonville's first national champion and the Dolphins' first two-time All-American in track and field. Jacksonville finished 22nd in the team competition, the best finish inschool history. Cory Mitchell, a St. John's football player, was in critical but stable condition in a Queens, N.Y., hospital after being shot on the school's Queens campus. Mitchell, a 22-year-old senior linebacker, was shot in the back early Sunday, police said. Investigators said the shooting stemmed from a problem at another location.

SOCCER: Charmaine Hooper scored twice as Canada beat an inexperienced U.S. women's team 3-0 in the opening game of the Algarve Cup at Lagos, Portugal. The United States, the defending champion, brought a young team to the tournament. The members of the team that won the World Cup two years ago and earned a silver medal in the Summer Olympics last year are preparing for the inaugural season of the women's league. ... Premier League teams Liverpool and Tottenham joined Arsenal and second-division Wycombe in the semifinals of England's F.A. Cup. ... Nigeria, expected to dominate its group, was held to a scoreless tie in Ghana in African World Cup qualifying.

TRACK AND FIELD: Ivan Pedroso of Cuba won an unprecedented fifth long jump title at the World Indoor Championships as the three-day meet at Lisbon, Portugal, ended with without a world record for the first time. Pedroso's world-leading jump of 27 feet, 8 inches highlighted a day that included victories by two of the world's premier middle-distance runners, Hicham El Guerrouj in the 3,000 meters and Maria Mutola in the 800. The United States wound up with the most gold medals, seven in 28 events, and the most medals, 17. But the Americans won only one event Sunday, Tim Harden taking the 60 with his season best of 6.44.

WINTER SPORTS: Jana Kostelic of Croatia won the overall World Cup skiing title when Renate Goetschl of Austria skied off the course at Are, Sweden, in the first run of the giant slalom final. Kostelic skied cautiously because of a sore knee and finished 21st. The race was won by Switzerland's Sonja Nef, winner of Saturday's slalom. ... Winless in four years as a member of the U.S. bobsled team, Todd Hays piloted his USA1 four-man sled to victory at Lake Placid, N.Y., in the last race of the World Cup season, breaking a four-year gold-medal drought for the Americans. ... Speed skater Jeremy Wotherspoon of Canada set a world record in the 1,000 meters in winning at the world single-distance championships at Kearns, Utah. His time of 1 minute, 8.28 seconds lowered teammate Michael Ireland's mark by six-hundredths of a second. ... Americans Toby Dawson and Hannah Hardaway won the men's and women's moguls at the World Cup freestyle finals in Himos, Finland. The men's overall title went to Mikko Ronkainen of Finland, runner-up in the race. Kari Traa of Norway was the overall women's winner despite a miss on her second jump. ... Adam Malysz won the World Cup ski jumping event at Holmenkollen's large hill in Oslo, Norway, for his 11th victory in 20 starts this season.

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