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By DARRELL FRY, BRIAN LANDMAN, Times wires

© St. Petersburg Times, published May 8, 2001


WTA head resigns as tour eyes bay area for move

WTA Tour CEO Bart McGuire announced Monday he will resign at year's end for personal and family reasons.

McGuire, who took his post in January 1998, also announced the tour's headquarters, split between Connecticut and St. Petersburg, will be consolidated into one office, possibly in St. Petersburg or Saddlebrook Resort in Pasco County.

MORE TENNIS: Defending champion Magnus Norman was knocked out of the Italian Open in Rome on opening day, losing 6-4, 6-3 to Vincenzo Santopadre, a wild card ranked 180th. ... Serena Williams pulled out of next week's Italian Open because of a nagging knee injury.

COLLEGES: Florida men's tennis coach Ian Duvenhage will not return next season. ... All-county volleyball player Catherine DuPont of St. Petersburg Catholic signed a national letter of intent with Rice. ... In softball, Florida State junior Leslie Malerich was named ACC pitcher of the week and junior outfielder Kimmy Carter player of the week. ... The South Carolina student who said Derek Watson punched her in the arm last week has formally filed charges against the tailback. ... Tennessee offensive tackle Michael Munoz, son of NFL Hall of Famer Anthony Munoz, is scheduled to have surgery on his left knee this month and is expected to miss the 2001 season. ... Colorado State athletics director Tim Weiser was named to the same position at Kansas State. ... Robert Morris named former Xavier assistant Mark Schmidt men's basketball coach. ... Creighton assistant Kevin McKenna was hired as basketball coach at Division II Nebraska-Omaha.

BASKETBALL: Orlando Miracle guard Adrienne Johnson will miss the WNBA season with a torn right Achilles' tendon.

SOCCER: One person was killed and 39 injured when fighting broke out between fans of two of Ivory Coast's leading teams. ... Iranian officials began an investigation into the collapse of a roof at an overcrowded stadium that left at least two fans dead and hundreds injured Sunday. ... Los Angeles Galaxy defender Alexi Lalas will not require surgery on a sprained knee ligament. ... Milovan Djoric was fired as Yugoslavia's national coach.

FOOTBALL: The 2002 Grey Cup, the CFL title game, will be played in Edmonton.

TRACK: Michael Johnson can't run at the World Track and Field Championships in August if he doesn't compete first at the USA Championships in June. ... Hazel Clark of Gainesville, America's top 800-meter runner at the 2000 Summer Games, has been sanctioned for taking cold medicine that contained a prohibited substance. Clark tested positive for pseudoephedrine and was stripped of her second-place finish at the Pontiac Grand Prix USA Indoor Track & Field Championships on March 3.

BOXING: Former heavyweight champion Greg Page is improving from head injuries in a bout two months ago. ... Fernando Vargas pleaded no contest to felony conspiracy to commit assault and is scheduled to be sentenced Aug. 24.

HORSES: Total wagering on Saturday's Kentucky Derby was a record $71,100,036.

FENCER KILLED: Zoltan Nemere, an epee fencer who won Olympic and world titles for Hungary, was killed Sunday when his car smashed into a tree, state-run radio reported Monday. He was 59.

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