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© St. Petersburg Times, published April 29, 2001


Canada, U.S. win openers

The United States and Canada won opening games in the World Hockey Championships Saturday in Hanover, Germany.

USA beat Ukraine 6-3 as six players scored, and Canada's Fred Brathwaite shut out Norway 5-0, avenging one of last year's huge upsets.

Tampa Bay's Vincent Lecavalier kicked off the scoring for Canada 11:35 into the game, banging in a loose puck under Norwegian goalkeeper Bjorge Josefsen. Lightning teammate Brad Richards added another goal three minutes later. Lecavalier was named player of the game.

In other opening action, Russia beat Italy 7-0 and the Czech Republic beat Belarus 5-1.

BOXING: Pernell Whitaker's return to the ring after a 26-month layoff ended in the fourth round when the 37-year-old former champion hurt his left shoulder and Carlos Bojorquez was awarded the win in Stateline, Nev.

COLLEGE BASEBALL: Michael Garciaparra, the brother of Boston Red Sox All-Star shortstop Nomar Garciaparra, will play shortstop at Tennessee. ... Mike Futrell drove in three runs and Matt Lynch allowed two runs and scattered 10 hits in seven innings as visiting Florida State defeated Georgia Tech 6-2.

CYCLING: Belgium's national coach was implicated in a drug scandal that led to the arrest of five former cyclists and medical assistants. Jose De Cauwer was charged with infractions after a police search at his home, said Leen Nuyts, a spokeswoman for the prosecutor's office in Antwerp. ... Erik Dekker held off Lance Armstrong in a sprint over the final 100 yards to win the 161-mile Amstel Gold Race classic in Maastricht, Netherlands.

NFL EUROPE: Jonathan Quinn threw two touchdowns as Berlin defeated Frankfort 28-20. Anthony Marlbrough, on loan from the Browns, had interception returns of 77 and 65 yards as Barcelona beat Rhein 24-12. Spergon Wynn threw two touchdowns to Chris Coleman as Amsterdam defeated Scotland 14-10.

RUNNING: Christopher Cheboibich of Kenya overcame stomach cramps and hung to win the Country Music Marathon in Nashville, Tenn. Cheboibich got a $20,000 prize with a winning time of 2 hours, 13 minutes, 28 seconds. Aurica Buia of Romania won the women's competition in 2:34:40.

TENNIS: Andy Roddick, 18, slammed past Stefan Koubek 6-2, 6-2 to reach his first career ATP final at the $400,000 Verizon Challenge in Duluth, Ga. He meets 20-year-old Xavier Malisse, who reached his second final of the year and fourth career final by upsetting sixth-seeded Jerome Golmard. ... Carlos Moya and Juan Carlos Ferrero won semifinal matches, setting up an all-Spanish final at the $1-million Seat Godo Open in Barcelona. ... Argentina, Australia and Slovakia opened 2-0 leads in Federation Cup playoff matches, with the Italy-Croatia series tied 1-1 in matches to decide which nations move into the World Group. ... Janet Lee, 24, of California won the quarterfinal matchup with Jane Chi at the $75,000 USTA Challenger of Sarasota/Bradenton.

TRACK: Michael Johnson, in his final race in the United States, anchored the U.S. men's 1,600-meter relay team to a 12-meter victory over Jamaica at the Penn Relays in Philadelphia. Johnson, who is retiring at the end of the season, was given a standing ovation after helping the U.S. team finish at 2 minutes, 58.60 seconds. The women's team also received thunderous applause after winning at 3:21.34, with Marion Jones running the fastest leg, 49.4. Maurice Greene anchored U.S. teams to victories in the 400- and 800-meter relays. In the 400 relay, the No. 1 U.S. team was timed at 38.03, setting Penn Relays and Franklin Fields records. The Florida women's team won the 3,200 relay at 8:24.25. The UF men's team took the 1,600 relay at 3:04.22. Miami men's 400 relay finished third and the women's 1,600 relay finished seventh. Dawn Ellerbe added 6 inches to her American hammer throw record with a heave of 231 feet, 8 inches. High school sensation Alan Webb, who ran a sub-4-minute mile earlier this year, anchored South Lakes High of Virginia to the scholastic 3,200 relay championship with a leg of 1:49.1 -- the fastest 800 meters by a high school runner at the relays. ... Suzy Favor Hamilton dropped out of the 1,500 meters at the Drake Relays in Des Moines, Iowa, saying she still wasn't in good enough shape to run after recovering from an injury. Kellie Suttle became the fourth woman to clear 15 feet in the pole vault. Seneca Lassiter and two others ran sub-4-minute miles and Illinois set a collegiate record in the women's shuttle hurdle relay. ... Stacy Dragila broke her world outdoor pole vault record, clearing 15-5 in the Idaho State University Springfest. The Olympic champion broke the mark of 15-2 1/4 she set in July in the U.S. Olympic trials in Sacramento, Calif.

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