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By BRUCE LOWITT, Times wires

© St. Petersburg Times, published October 3, 2000


Frazier opens with win in Princess Cup tennis

Fifth-seeded Amy Frazier beat Fabiola Zuluaga 6-2, 6-1 to advance to the second round of the Princess Cup tournament.

In the day's other singles match, 16-year-old wild-card Lina Krasnoroutskaya eliminated Rita Grande 6-3, 6-4. In doubles play, U.S. Open champions Julie Halard-Decugis and Ai Sugiyama beat Lilia Osterloh and Alexandra Stevenson 7-5, 7-6 (7-0) to advance to the quarterfinals of the $535,000 tennis tournament.

In another opening-day match, Jelena Dokic and Corina Morariu, seeded fourth, ousted Shinobu Asagoe and Yuka Yoshida 7-5, 1-6, 6-1.

MORE TENNIS: Second-seeded Tim Henman beat Harel Levy 4-6, 6-1, 6-4 in the first round of the Salem Open in Hong Kong. ... Cara Black defeated Barbara Schett 7-5, 6-1 in the first round of the Filderstadt Tour event in Germany.

SOCCER: The Brazilian Federation said it fired Wanderley Luxemburgo as national team coach after the four-time world champion's quarterfinal defeat at the Sydney Olympic Games.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL: Notre Dame freshman guard Chris Markwood is expected to miss 12 weeks after surgery on his left knee. Markwood will be on crutches for six weeks before starting rehabilitation that could take another six weeks, trainer Skip Meyer said. With no further problems, he could be back on the court by mid-January. ... Antwan Jones, a junior college standout expected to play at Cincinnati this season, had foot surgery but might be ready by the start of the season. The 6-foot-7 junior forward averaged 18.7 points and 5.3 rebounds at Tallahassee Community College last season.

AUTO RACING: NASCAR minor-league driver Dwight Wrich, 38, died of injuries sustained in a weekend crash at the Crawford County Speedway in Denison, Iowa. Wrich was injured when his car went out of control, flipped five times and caught fire Saturday night during the Hawkeye 100.

GOLF: Tiger Woods extended his run atop the world rankings to 59 consecutive weeks, the fourth longest behind two of Greg Norman's stints (96 weeks and 62 weeks) and one by Nick Faldo (81 weeks). ... Frank Thomas, the technical director of the U.S. Golf Association, resigned after 26 years of leading the organization through sweeping changes in equipment. "It's time to move on to pursue other opportunities," he said.

COLLEGES: Florida junior Abby Wambach is among 15 candidates for the 15th annual player of the year award, given by the Missouri Athletic Club. The award is the official National Soccer Coaches Association of America/adidas award for Division I players. ... Jacksonville goalkeeper Petar Popovic was named TAAC soccer co-defensive player of the week.

HIGH SCHOOLS: The Supreme Court refused to revive a lawsuit claiming Kentucky high schools discriminated against female athletes by not offering interscholastic fast-pitch softball.

SOFTBALL: The Kids & Kubs, St. Petersburg's team for men 75 and older, won the Softball Players Association national championship for its age group at Panama City Beach. Among Kids & Kubs individual honors won during the Sept. 20-24 competition were John Thompson in the home run contest, Cliff Zaley for place-hitting and manager Mo Dobbs for pitching accuracy.

SAILING: The Neubauer Regatta, postponed in September because of Hurricane Gordon, has been rescheduled for Jan. 27-28. Those preregistered for the race, which begins at the sailing center at Admiral Farragut Academy in St. Petersburg, remain registered. Another preregistration period will be announced.

RUNNING: A Colorado man was awarded the victory in the Duke City Marathon in Albuquerque, N.M., after the winner was disqualified because he was helped by a bicyclist. Barner Colmenares finished Sunday's race in less than 2 hours, 20 minutes. He was accompanied, however, by a man on a bicycle who sprayed him with water, handed him water bottles and paced him from behind. "(The bicyclist) was warned at Mile 11 that the runner would be disqualified," race director Tico Navarro said. "And he continued to do it when no one was looking. Or when he thought no one was looking." Teddy Mitchell was awarded the victory with a time of 2:28:24.

CRICKET: Kenya can take another step toward joining the sport's elite by staging a successful Knockout Trophy in the next two weeks, said the sport's ruling body, the International Cricket Council. The Kenyans open the 11-nation tournament with a match against India today.

OBITUARY: Wallace Bruce Matthews, the father of golf course architecture in Michigan, died at 96. Matthews designed and renovated more than 100 courses, working on nearly one-seventh of all Michigan layouts.

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