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© St. Petersburg Times, published October 2, 2000


Capriati wins 9th tennis title

Jennifer Capriati won her first title of the year Sunday, beating Magdalena Maleeva 4-6, 6-1, 6-4 in the Seat Open final at Luxembourg.

Capriati, ranked No. 18, won for the ninth time in her career. Her best results this year were semifinal appearances at the Australian Open and the Heineken Trophy in the Netherlands.

She struggled early against Maleeva but capitalized on strong returns and won tough rallies to take command in the second set.

Capriati was seeded third at the $170,000 tournament. Maleeva upset second-seeded Anna Kournikova in the semifinals. Top-seeded Nathalie Tauziat lost in the second round.

MORE TENNIS: Oliver Rochus got his first ATP Tour win, beating Diego Nargiso 7-6, 6-1 at the Sicilian Championships in Palermo.

AUTO RALLY: Gilles Panizzi edged teammate Francois Delecour to win the three-day Tour of Corsica. Panizzi, driving a Peugeot 206 WRC, clinched his first world victory in 4 hours, 2 minutes, 14.2 seconds. Delecour, leader after Saturday's stage, was 33.5 seconds behind. Carlos Sainz, driving a Ford Focus WRC, finished third, 1:12.6 behind Panizzi.

COLLEGES: The Tampa men's soccer team (9-2) beat host Saint Leo 2-1. Ryan Godfrey scored the first goal at 39:38 with an assist by Roy Fink. The Lions (3-5-2) scored in the second half, and the game remained tied until Rusy Roush scored with an assist by Josh Huettich. ... The Jacksonville women's soccer team beat host Miami 4-3 in double overtime. Miami led 1-0 at halftime after Deidre Bass scored on an assist by Ashley West. Alexis MacKenzie scored on a pass from Allison Ford at 54:36 to put the Hurricanes on top 2-0. The Dolphins answered with goals at 56:40 and 65:49. Jennifer Sanchez scored the tiebreaker for UM at 85:53 on a pass from Nicole Safran and Ford. Jacksonville's Dianne Scott scored an unassisted goal in the last second to tie at 3. Trine Riis Groven scored the winner seven minutes into the second overtime. The Hurricanes outshot the Dolphins 36-12. ... FSU freshman Christina Denny, the No. 1 seed in the Flight B doubles tennis at the Seminole Classic, defeated teammate Jessica Balbuena 7-5, 6-3 for the Flight B singles championship. In the singles Flight A final, No. 1 seed Jessica Lehnhoff of Florida defeated No. 2 seed Alida Gallovits of Florida State 6-2, 6-0. FSU senior Christy Travis fell in the consolation final to FIU's Christina Campana 6-2, 6-0. ... North Carolina's volleyball team, in first place in the ACC, beat host Florida State 9-15, 15-2, 15-6,9-15, 13-15. The Seminoles were led by Jennifer Werrick and Alex Sevillano, who had 17 kills each. ... The Florida women's soccer team completed its opening weekend of Southeastern Conference play with a 2-0 win over visiting Georgia. The Gators are 6-6, 2-0; UGA dropped to 6-5-1, 1-1. ... The South Florida women's volleyball team (11-4, 4-1 C-USA) beat Charlotte 15-1, 15-10, 17-15, with Michelle Collier getting 22 kills. South Florida also used 24 kills from Collier and 20 kills by Rachelle Paul to beat Saint Louis 15-7, 12-15, 15-10, 15-5. ... The USF men's soccer team defeated Alabama A&M 4-1 in the Reebok-Baymont Inn & Suites Classic, won by Memphis. Dave Ambush of St. Petersburg opened the scoring in the 26th minute. After Alabama tied, USF's Greg Krauss of Clearwater scored on an Ambush assist to put the Bulls up by one in the 74th minute. Krauss scored twice more in less than 10 minutes, once off an assist by Casey Stump of Brandon and again off a header pass by Paul Scrivens of Tampa. USF's Krauss, Wes Elias and Ben Cowherd and Stetson's Mauricio Bermudez and Kjell Aasheim were named to the all-tournament team. ... The Miami women's golf team (323-319-317-959) finished 10th at the ACC/SEC Invitational Shootout in Destin. Auburn (305-294-309-908) won the team competition by a stroke over Mississippi State (313-293-303-909). Senior Ashleigh Barrett-Hamilton (78-79-78-235) was the Hurricanes' top finisher, in a three-way tie for 22nd. Jazmin Cataldo (83-77-76-236) tied for 25th, Dominique Gagnon (79-81-80-240) was 33rd and Camilla Hilland (83-82-83-248) finished 43rd. ... The FSU women's soccer team beat host Oregon 1-0. Emma Breland, with an assist by Summer Corum, scored seven minutes into the second half.

HORSES: Queen of Oz beat favored Dinner Pardner by 31/4 lengths to win the $50,000 Cut the Charm Handicap for fillies and mares at Calder Race Course in Miami. Livin For Love was third. ... Sinndar, winner of this year's English Derby and Irish Derby, won the Arc de Triomphe in Paris. Sinndar passed Raypour about 500 feet from the finish and earned $800,000 for owner Aga Khan. Egyptband was 11/2 lengths behind, followed by Volvoreta. Montjeu, last year's winner, finished fourth.

SOCCER: AC Parma scored on a penalty kick with two minutes left to tie Fiorentina 2-2 in the Italian league in Rome. Internazionale continued to struggle, losing to Reggina 2-1. Roma beat Bologna 2-0 and AC Milan downed Vicenza 2-0. ... Manchester United lost for the first time this season in the Premier League, 1-0 at Arsenal. Leicester moved into first place with a scoreless tie at Sunderland. ... Struggling Chelsea gave new coach Claudio Ranieri a 3-0 win over Liverpool. ... In the Scottish Premier League, Celtic lost its perfect season in its ninth game with a 1-1 tie at Aberdeen.

MOTORCYCLES: Superbike rider Nicky Hayden won the U.S. finale at Rosamond, Calif., but Mathew Mladin won the AMA title by five points, finishing eighth. Hayden needed Mladin to finish 13th or worse, which he hadn't done in 28 races -- since 1998.

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