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© St. Petersburg Times, published April 22, 2001


Hingis, Capriati advance to final

Top seed Martina Hingis won her 14th match in a row at the Family Circle event in Charleston, S.C., on Saturday, setting up a rematch of the Australian Open final against No. 2 Jennifer Capriati.

Hingis won eight games in a row in one stretch in defeating No. 3 Conchita Martinez 6-2, 6-2 in the semifinals. Earlier, Capriati returned to the championship for the first time in 11 years with a 6-0, 6-2 win against unseeded Marlene Weingartner.

MORE TENNIS: Hicham Arazi scored another upset and will face Gustavo Kuerten in the final of the Masters Series Monte Carlo. The unseeded Arazi beat ninth-seeded Sebastien Grosjean 6-4, 6-4 in the semifinals of the $2.95-million tournament. Today, he plays in the title match of a Masters Series final for the first time. Kuerten beat Guillermo Coria 6-4, 6-2. ... Magdalena Maleeva and Anne Kremer reached to the finals of the $110,000 Budapest Grand Prix.

HORSE RACING: Keats, a 16-1 shot who finished a disappointing eighth in the Spiral Stakes last month, won the $371,475 Grade II Lexington Stakes. The horse covered the 1 1-16 miles in 1:43 2-5 and paid $35.40, $15 and $9.60.

SOCCER: The U.S. national team will play Ecuador in an exhibition on June 7 in Columbis, Ohio. It will be the team's final preparatory game before back-to-back World Cup qualifiers at Jamaica on June 16 and against Trinidad and Tobago at Foxboro, Mass., four days later.

COLLEGE BASEBALL: Home runs from Bill Nahorodny and Daniel Boyd sent USF past host Louisville 8-5. ... Thomas Carrow hit a two-run homer as Tampa beat host Barry 7-5 in a doubleheader split. The Bucs won the second game 5-0. ... John Connally Barnett pitched a three-hitter as host Florida Southern beat Eckerd 7-0 on the way to a doubleheader sweep. Florida Southern won 4-1 in the second game. ... Lynn split with host Saint Leo, losing the opener 7-3 and winning the nightcap 4-1.

COLLEGES: Top-seeded Florida lost 4-2 to Georgia in the semifinals of the women's tennis SEC Tournament. It is the first time in the 14-year history of the event the Gators did not reach the final. ... The USF men's tennis team defeated Louisville 4-2 to reach the finals of the C-USA Championships in New Orleans. The Bulls face host Tulane at noon today. ... Jen White-Stokes pitched a perfect game in the nightcap as host FSU swept a softball doubleheader 9-0 and 9-2 against East Carolina. ... Florida and host South Carolina split a softball doubleheader, with the Gators winning the opener 4-1 and losing the nightcap 3-0. ... Tampa swept a softball doubleheader against Florida Southern 1-0 and 2-1. ... Georgia's Bryant Odom (137) led the men's golf SEC Championship at Sea Island, Ga., boosting the Bulldogs (559) to a 12-stroke lead on second-place Florida. ... LSU's Katy Harris (139) shot a course-, tournament- and school-record 65 to catapult the Tigers to a four-stroke lead in the women's golf SEC Tournament in Gainesville. Florida (593) was fourth. Kristy McPherson of South Carolina leads individually at 137. ... Clemson's John Engler (136) led the individual competition and Wake Forest (564) was the team leader at the men's golf ACC Championship at Disney's Magnolia Course.Florida State (600) is seventh heading into today's final round. ... Virada Nirapathpongporn (140) of Duke held an eight-stroke lead on FSU's Kristin Tamulis at the women's golf ACC Championship at Disney's Palm Course. The Blue Devils (592) lead the team competition.

RUNNING: Former Olympic sprinter and NFL star Bob Hayes returned home after a monthlong stay in a rehabilitation center. Hayes, 58, was hospitalized in February for treatment of heart trauma, liver ailments and prostate cancer. He moved to the rehab center March 19.

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