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© St. Petersburg Times, published October 8, 2000

Baird wins Knickerbocker Cup

Ed Baird of St. Petersburg won the 19th International Knickerbocker Cup yacht race in Port Washington, N.Y., defeating James Spithill of Australia on Saturday in two match races.

Baird reached the final by defeating Ken Read of Newport, R.I., two races to one earlier in the day.

Baird's crew members were Mark Mendelblatt of St. Petersburg and Andrew Buttner and Andy Herlihy of Boston.

Twelve crews sailed 10 identical J-105 boats in two days of round-robin competition, the next-to-last stop on the professional racing tour. Baird and his crew plan to compete in the Bermuda Gold Cup in two weeks.

BOXING: Audley Harrison, who beat Mukhtarkhan Dildabekov 30-16 for the Olympic super-heavyweight title, vowed to begin his professional career in Britain and be a world champion within four years. Harrison, 28, became the first British Olympic boxing champion in 32 years. ... Armand Krajnc (24-0 with 17 knockouts) stopped Bert Schenk in the sixth round to defend his WBO middleweight title for the second time in Berlin. Schenk dropped to 23-1 with 17 knockouts.

COLLEGES: Florida's Jessica Lehnhoff and Julia Scaringe face each other in the final of a tennis tournament in Knoxville, Tenn. The two Gators upset Tennessee's ninth-ranked doubles team of Alison Ojeda and Vilmarie Castellvi 8-6 in the final of the Flight One consolation draw. ... The South Florida women's volleyball team beat host Memphis 15-8, 15-5, 15-3. USF had eight service aces. Outside hitter Michelle Collier led USF with 15 kills. ... The Jacksonville women's volleyball team lost 3-2 to Samford, despite a triple double by junior setter Carrie Bosworth, who finished with 49 assists, 10 digs and a team-best 16 kills. The loss snapped a seven-match winning streak for the Dolphins (9-5, 2-1 TAAC). ... A hat trick by junior Andi Sellers helped lead the visiting Florida soccer team to a 5-3 win over Kentucky. Although Florida (7-6, 3-0 SEC) took a 3-2 lead into halftime, the Wildcats (10-2, 3-1) tied it twice. ... The Miami men's and women's cross-country teams defeated visiting FIU. Shannon Sarabyn won her fifth consecutive race, completing the 3.1-mile course in 18:44. Junior Jeff Gaulrapp ran to his fourth victory in five meets in 20:03. ... The Florida and South Florida women's golf teams were tied for sixth with Furman at 618 after the second day of the Tar Heel Invitational in Chapel Hill, N.C. Duke led at 585. ... Massachusetts basketball star Monty Mack was arrested on shoplifting charges, accused of hiding seven DVD movies worth $159.93 in his sweat pants. The team suspended him for three games.Despite 23 kills by Norisha Campbell, Florida State's volleyball team fell in five games, 19-17, 4-15, 8-15, 15-7, 8-15, to the visiting Duke. ... Goalkeeper Sarah Crawford had 12 saves as the FSU women's soccer team shut out Wake Forest 2-0.

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HORSES: Nine-year-old gelding John's Call won the $750,000 Turf Classic Invitational at Belmont Park, N.Y., joining John Henry as the oldest winners. ... Jostle galloped to a 41/2-length victory in the $200,000 Cotillion Handicap at Philadelphia Park in Bensalem.... Tranquility Lake beat Spanish Fern by one length in the $500,000 Yellow Ribbon Stakes at Santa Anita Park, Calif. ... Lightning Paces pulled ahead in the final quarter mile and held on to win the $200,000 Virginia Derby at Colonial Downs, Va. ... Forty One Carats established a Calder Race Course track record of 1:08 4-5 for six furlongs in a 13/4-length victory in the $300,000 Smile Sprint Stakes. In the filly and open divisions of the Florida Stallion Stakes for 2-year-olds -- each with a $400,000 purse -- Valid Forbes rallied to win the My Dear Girl Division for fillies by 3 lengths. Express Tour outran Outofthebox in the final three-eighths of a mile in the In Reality (Open) Division. ... Dust On the Bottle, a 40-1 long shot, beat Guided Tour by a neck in the $500,000 Hawthorne Gold Cup in Chicago. Favored Golden Missile, with more than $2-million in winnings, was third in the eight-horse field for 3-year-olds and up. In another Grade III race, favored Hymn and 21-1 longshot Rumsonontheriver were co-winners in a dead heat of the $250,000 Hawthorne Derby.

MOTORCYCLES: Kenny Roberts finished sixth in the Rio Grand Prix but still clinched the 500cc championship on a Suzuki. Valentino Rossi won the race on a Honda in 45 minutes, 22.624 seconds. In the 250cc category, Daijiro Katoh survived a brush with Tohru Ukawa to win. Katoh covered the 22 laps on the 3.05-mile course in 42 minutes 14.822 seconds.

SKI JUMP: Alan Alborn, a 1998 Olympian from Anchorage, Alaska, won at Lake Placid, N.Y. Alborn had two of the day's three longest attempts, outdistancing Rhys Hecox of Marquette, Mich. Lindsey Van of Park City, Utah, took the women's title. Clint Jones, at 15 the youngest national champion in U.S. history, won the junior division on jumps of 99.5 and 101 meters.

SOCCER: England, playing its final game in 77-year-old Wembley Stadium, lost to Germany 1-0 in a qualifier for the 2002 World Cup. England's coach, Kevin Keegan, 7-4-7 in 20 months, quit after the game. Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Spain and the Czech Republic won with shutouts as 42 European countries played World Cup qualifying games.

TENNIS: Martina Hingis breezed to her most lopsided victory against Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario, moving into the final of the Porsche Grand Prix at Filderstadt, Germany, with a 6-1, 6-0 victory. Hingis plays 17-year-old Kim Clijsters, who beat Nathalie Tauziat 3-6, 6-4, 6-1. Clijsters earlier beat Conchita Martinez and Anna Kournikova. ... Nicolas Kiefer downed Tim Henman 6-4, 6-2 to reach the final of the $375,000 Salem Open in Hong Kong. Kiefer faces Mark Philippoussis, who defeated Patrick Rafter 7-6, 6-4. ... Monica Seles pulled out of the Princess Cup during her semifinal against Julie Halard-Decugis because of tendinitis in both feet. The withdrawal sent Halard-Decugis into the title match against Serena Williams, who beat qualifier Daja Bednova 6-1, 6-4.

OBITUARY: Robert G. Petersen, a speed skater who participated in the 1936 Olympics, died Oct. 1 from a brain disorder. He was 86. Petersen did not win a medal in the Games at Garmisch-Partenkirchen in Germany, but did win the 10,000-meter race at the World Cup in Oslo, Norway, a month later.

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