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© St. Petersburg Times, published September 4, 2000


Morales knocks out Kelley

Erik Morales became interim WBC featherweight champion, knocking out Kevin Kelley 2:33 in the seventh round Sunday and improving to 38-0 with 30 knockouts.

"I'm very happy to get this half of the title," Morales said. "I'm looking forward to getting the whole thing when I fight (Guty) Espadas in January."

Morales knocked Kelley (51-5-2) down in the fifth and again in the seventh before pinning him against the ropes. Referee Lawrence Cole stepped in to stop the fight in El Paso, Texas.

Morales, 24, was the WBC super-bantamweight champ for three years, but relinquished the title to chase the featherweight crown.

On the undercard, Diego Corrales (33-0, 27 knockouts) beat former champ Angel Manfredy, defending the IBF junior lightweight title for the fifth time. Manfredy (33-5-1) tried to mount a comeback after being knocked down in the first round, but Jerry McKenzie stopped the match 2:38 into Round 3.

SOCCER: Ferenc Horvath scored his second goal in the 79th minute as Hungary rallied to tie visiting Italy 2-2 in a 2002 World Cup qualifier. Filippo Inzaghi scored for Italy in the 26th and 35th minutes, and Horvath got his first in the 29th in the Group 8 match. It was Italy's first game since losing the Euro 2000 final to France. ... The Faeroe Islands tied visiting Slovenia 2-2 with Oessur Hansen scoring in injury time. Uni Arge also scored for the Faeroe Islands. Saso Udovic and Milan Osterc scored for Slovenia. ... At Luxembourg, Yugoslavia beat Luxembourg 2-0 on goals by Savo Milosevic and Slavisa Jokanovic. Yugoslavia, under new coach Ilija Petkovic, shares the early group lead with Russia. ... Manuel Rui Costa, Luis Figo and Ricardo Sa Pinto scored in the first 54 minutes as Portugal beat Estonia 3-1. Andres Oper scored in the 84th for Estonia. ... Igor Balis scored in the third minute and Igor Demo added the second in the 74th as Slovakia beat visiting Macedonia 2-0. ... Alon Mizrahi scored after just 16 seconds and Pini Balili got the other in the 79th in Israel's 2-0 victory over visiting Lichtenstein. ... Ioan Ganea scored in the 89th minute as Romania beat visiting Lithuania 1-0 in the opening qualifier for each side. ... Costa Rica beat Barbados 3-0 on goals by Jafet Soto, Rolando Fonseca and Hernan Medford. ... Host Mexico advanced to the final qualifying round with a 7-1 victory Panama. Cuauhtemoc Blanco scored twice. ... Canada fell out of World Cup contention with a 4-0 loss to host Trinidad and Tobago. Russell Latapy, Reynold Carrington, Stokely Mason and Angus Eve scored. ... Romario scored three goals in his comeback to international play as host Brazil beat Bolivia 5-0. He had not played in an international game since a 1998 friendly against Argentina. Rivaldo and Marques also scored. ... Hernan Crespo and Juan Sebastian Veron scored as Argentina beat host Peru 2-1 to remain in first place in South American qualifying. ... Federico Magallanes had a goal and an assist in host Uruguay's 4-0 victory over Ecuador.

NBA: Hall of Famer Rick Barry criticizes Isiah Thomas on his Web site, saying about the new Indiana Pacers coach: "Hopefully, he will do better in that than he's done in his business dealings in the NBA as far as what he did with Toronto and the CBA If he has the success that he had in those two areas, he's going to be in trouble as a coach. Hopefully, he'll do better as a coach than he did as an administrator."

COLLEGE SOCCER: The USF men's team lost 3-0 to Maryland in the Virginia Classic in Charlottesville. The score was 1-0 until late in the second half, when Clarence Goodson and Scott Buete scored. ... Nova Southeastern beat Saint Leo 8-1, scoring four goals in each half. Mandy Adams had a three-goal day. Jolana Quinn scored for Saint Leo (0-3). ... The Stetson women defeated visiting USF 2-1. Courtnay Paiva and Jessi Gronwall scored for Stetson. Christina Gaudion had the Bulls' only goal. USF plays Conference USA foe Alabama-Birmingham at home Friday. ... FSU's women lost to Ohio State 2-1 in the Tiger Invitational in Columbia, Mo. FSU dominated the match, outshooting the Buckeyes 25-8. But Buckeye goalkeeper Amber Barnes recorded 15 saves. Missouri, which beat FSU on Friday, beat Wake Forest for the tournament championship. FSU plays Texas A&M at home on Friday before opening its ACC schedule against Clemson on Sunday.

CYCLING: Abraham Olano took the overall lead at the Tour of Spain after winning the ninth stage. Olano, riding for the ONCE team, won the 23-mile time trial in and around the town of Tarragona in 45 minutes, 2 seconds -- over two minutes faster than Alex Zulle, who began the day with a 1:09 advantage over Olano in the overall standings. Olano's teammate, Santos Gonzalez, was second in the time trial, 13 seconds behind. Zulle fell to third place overall, 55 seconds behind Olano. Angel Casero was in second place, 21 seconds behind the leader. Zulle won the Tour in 1996 and 1997 and Olano won it in 1998. Germany's Jan Ullrich won last year.

COLLEGE VOLLEYBALL: Tampa won its second match of the Labor Day Classic over Southern Illinois-Edwardsville 15-5, 13-15, 15-2, 16-14. Tampa's Kam Gillispie had 21 kills, eight digs and two blocked shots.

COLLEGE GOLF: The USF men opened with an eighth-place finish in the G. Gunby Jordan Intercollegiate tournament at Callaway Gardens, Ga. Rain and fog shortened the event to 27 holes. Charlotte placed first in the 12-team field with 438. USF was 10 strokes back at 448. The Bulls' top golfers were Brett Hitchcock and Jay Cavanagh, who shot 111 to tie for 18th place, nine shots behind medalist Scott Shelton of Mississippi State.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL: Kentucky junior forward Jules Camara has been suspended from the team after his arrest on drunken driving charges. He was speeding and nearly hit a parked car before being pulled over, Lexington police said. If Camara is convicted, he would be suspended indefinitely and forfeit his scholarship. The 6-foot-11 Camara, who had been expected to start for the Wildcats, started 11 times and played in 31 of the team's 33 games last season, averaging 5.7 points and 3.9 rebounds.

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