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© St. Petersburg Times, published September 3, 2000

U.S. has big World Cup test

The U.S. men's soccer team has another big World Cup qualifier today. If the Americans beat Guatemala, they'll be in good position to qualify for next year's final of the North and Central American and Caribbean region.

If they tie or lose, they probably would have to win their last two games to advance -- against Costa Rica on Oct. 11 at Columbus, Ohio, and at Barbados on Nov. 15.

The Americans (1-1-1), who beat Barbados 7-0 on Aug. 16, are second in their group with four points, ahead of Guatemala (1-1-1) on goal difference and trailing Costa Rica (2-1) by two points. Barbados (1-2) is last with three points.

Costa Rica is at home against Barbados in today's other Group E game. The top two teams advance to next year's region finals.

"It by no means assures us a final-round position," U.S. coach Bruce Arena said. "In my opinion, you need a minimum of 10 points, possibly 11."

Today's game at RFK Stadium in Washington, part of a doubleheader with a Major League Soccer match between the United and New England, is a sellout.

MORE SOCCER: England tied World Cup and European champion France 1-1 as late substitute Michael Owen scored with five minutes left at Saint-Denis, France. ... Germany, with a goal from Sebastian Deisler, beat visiting Greece 2-0 on the first big day of European qualifying for the 2002 World Cup. ... Netherlands needed a late assault and a 20-yard shot from Giovanni van Bronckhorst to tie visiting Ireland at 2. ... Poland beat Ukraine 3-1 as Emmanuel Olisadebe scored twice in Kiev. ... Norway, which reached the second round of the World Cup two years ago, was held to a scoreless tie at home against lightly regarded Armenia. ... At Zurich, Russia beat Switzerland 1-0.

BOXING: Sven Ottke (20-0) outpointed Charles Brewer (35-7) in Magdeburg, Germany, in his seventh defense of the IBF super-middleweight title. Ottke won the belt two years ago from Brewer.

CYCLING: Alessandro Petacchi won the eighth stage of the Tour of Spain in Port Aventura. Alex Zulle maintained his overall lead of 1 minute, 9 seconds over Abraham Olano. Petacchi finished the 102-mile leg in 3:52:10. World champion Oscar Freire abandoned the race after 60 miles, saying he did not feel fit. Two-time winner Ivan Gotti quit for the same reason.

HORSES: City Zip and Yonaguska finished in a dead heat in the $200,000 Grade I Hopeful Stakes at Saratoga Springs. Macho Uno was another neck back in third place. City Zip, with Jose Santos aboard, became the fourth horse to win New York's three major races for 2-year-olds, the Sanford, Saratoga Special and Hopeful. Trainer D. Wayne Lukas ended a 35-race losing streak when he saddled Regent Gold in the fifth race. Lukas also trains Yonaguska, who won $120,000 for Michael Tabor. City Zip also earned that amount. ... Delirio, ridden by Javier Castellano, beat Dinner Pardner in the $50,000 Convenience Stakes for 3-year-olds at Calder. The Florida-bred daughter of Jolie's Halo, Delirio won her first stakes race and nearly doubled her earnings to $68,000. ... Tejano, a 30-1 shot, captured the $560,000 World Trotting Derby by winning the first two heats at the DuQuoin State Fair in Illinois. ... Include is the favorite for Monday's 22nd Pennsylvania Derby at Philadelphia Park. Hal's Hope, winner of the Florida Derby before finishing 16th in the Kentucky Derby and eighth in the Preakness, is in the 10-horse field of 3-year-old colts and geldings in the $300,000 Grade III race. ... Cindy's Hero, a daughter of 1993 Kentucky Derby winner Sea Hero, overtook even-money favorite Notable Career to win the $250,000 Del Mar Debutante in California.

AUTOS: Two spectators were killed when they were hit by a car that skidded off the road during a Swedish championship rally. Mattias Tyrbjorn and co-driver Henrik Lundh went off the road in their Opel Astra near Sandviken. The rally was held on asphalt roads for the first time in Sweden. Most rallies are on gravel roads.

HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL: Senior Cline Ingle of Burns converted a 60-yard field goal in Shelby, N.C., to break the state athletic association record of 58 yards, established by Shelby's Tyler Ashe in 1995 and matched by East Duplin's Shon Rowser in 1997. Ingle's first-quarter kick was Burns' only score in a 48-3 loss.

COLLEGES: Florida State's cross-country teams opened with a third-place finish for the men and fourth-place for the women in the Mountaineer Open at Boone, N.C. Nick Stuart, Josh Ware, Ryan Hicks and Brian Flieshmann had top-20 finishes. Amy Pleckaitis led her squad with a time of 18:10, with Brooke Bastien eight seconds behind, followed by Kim Winn, Cynthia Campbell and freshman Beth Lukens. ... Charleston Southern beat Stetson 2-1 at the UCF Classic soccer tournament and plays UCF on Monday.

VOLLEYBALL: The FSU women defeated Illinois 15-11, 15-6, 15-6 for the championship of the Florida State Tournament. Jennifer Werrick and Jennifer Anderson were named to the all-tournament team, and Alex Sevillano was defensive-specialist and Norisha Campbell was MVP. FSU earlier beat Southern Mississippi and Florida Atlantic. ... USF swept Boston and Furman in the South Florida Classic, then beat Wisconsin-Milwaukee 15-10, 15-11, 15-3 in the championship match. ... Hours after breaking the NCAA women's record for consecutive victories with 60, Central College fell to the previous record-holder. Washington (Mo.) beat Central 15-7, 13-15, 15-13, 15-8. Central had not lost since Oct. 16, 1998.

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