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© St. Petersburg Times, published October 23, 2000


Rippner wins singles, doubles

Brie Rippner won her third title of the year and fourth in her career by defeating Tina Hergold 6-2, 6-1 on Sunday in the final of the $50,000 Bardmoor Tennis Challenger in Largo.

Rippner, No. 77 in the world, lost only 16 games in five matches.

Rippner and Elena Tatarkova won the doubles 6-2, 6-4 over Dawn Buth and Sandra Cacic.

MORE TENNIS: Meghann Shaughnessy won the $140,000 Heineken Open, beating Iroda Tulyaganova 7-6, 7-5 in Shanghai. Rain halted the men's final after Magnus Norman and Sjeng Schalken won one set each. ... Alex Corretja defeated Carlos Moya 6-3, 6-2 to win the $400,000 Toulouse Open in France.

AUTOS: Peugot driver Gilles Panizzi won Italy's San Remo Rally, edging teammate Francois Delecour by 16.8 seconds.

BOWLING: Robert Smith led the 24 match-play qualifiers for the PBA Tour's Flagship Open in Erie, Pa., finishing the first two rounds with an 18-game pinfall of 4,240.

BOXING: Andrew Golota remained hospitalized in Chicago after a concussion, fractured left cheekbone and slipped-disc neck injury in his heavyweight fight Friday against Mike Tyson, neurosurgeon Wesley Yapor said. Golota, who quit after the second round, blamed Tyson for head-butting him. ... Robert Benson, a featherweight who collapsed after a 10-round fight, was in a coma and in critical condition at a Boston hospital after brain surgery.

COLLEGES: Florida's Jessica Lehnhoff, who had won 11 straight matches, lost to Julie Ditty of Vanderbilt 6-2, 6-2 in the final of the SEC Coaches Fall Tennis Classic at Stone Mountain, Ga. ... Florida State's Allida Gallovits defeated doubles partner Christina Denny 6-4, 6-4 to win the Flight A championship at the Yellow Jacket Invitational tennis tournament. Bobbi Guthrie of Georgia Tech was the Flight B champion, Central Florida's Sonja Prokopek won in Flight C. ... Olivier Levant ran his record to 5-1 for the Florida men's tennis team in the Bulldog Scramble at Athens, Ga. UF took five of nine matches against Illinois on the final day for an 8-10 record in singles and 3-6 in doubles. ... The South Florida women's volleyball team handed Houston its first home loss of the season 3-1. USF (16-4, 9-1 Conference USA) won its ninth straight. Michelle Collier led the Bulls with 25 kills, 19 defensive digs and 2 service aces. ... The Florida women's volleyball team beat visiting Arkansas behind Benavia Jenkins' 11 kills and six blocks. ... The Florida women's soccer team (12-6, 8-0) won the Southeastern Conference regular-season crown with a 6-0 win over visiting Auburn (11-7, 2-6). Tennessee is second with a 6-2 record. ... The Tampa men's soccer team beat visiting Assumption 5-1. Roy Fink scored twice for UT, which also got goals from Jason Bell, Chris Zayas and Ryan Godfrey. ... South Florida's Siri Nordby scored three goals, leading the women's soccer team to a 6-0 victory over host Louisville. Erin Sharpe of Tampa and Jennifer Wilson of Valrico also scored. Wilson's goal came off a corner kick by Julie Lechner of Oldsmar. ... The USF men's soccer team beat visiting Jacksonville 2-1 in overtime. USF's Greg Krauss of Clearwater scored in the 70th minute off a rebound of a shot by Paul Scrivens of Tampa. Gabriel Salgado of Plant City got the winning goal. ... The Eckerd men's soccer team lost to visiting Barry 4-0. ... Jannie Nicolaisen scored three first-half goals in the Lynn women's soccer team's 5-0 win over Saint Leo. ... The Florida State women's basketball team is ranked eighth in the Atlantic Coast Conference's preseason poll. Duke is first.

HORSES: Kent Desormeaux rode High Margin to victory in the $108,000 Harold C. Ramser Sr. Handicap in Santa Anita's Oak Tree meeting. ... Crowd Pleaser held off Dixie's Crown to win the $74,675 Sycamore Stakes at Keeneland, Ky. ... John Velazquez brought Ruff from last to a 3-length victory in the $111,300 Miss Grillo at New York's Belmont Park. Velazquez also used a late run with Volponi to win the $113,300 Pilgrim Stakes.

PARALYMPICS: Jason Wening of Ann Arbor, Mich., won his third gold medal in the 400-meter freestyle in Sydney, Australia. His time was 4 minutes, 42.97 seconds, beating his record by three seconds. Stephanie Brooks of Alpharetta, Ga., and Lauren Reynolds of Basking Ridge, N.J., took gold in separate 400-meter freestyle categories.

HALF-MARATHON: Faustin Baha won the Great North Run in Newcastle, England. Paula Radcliffe won the women's division in a European-best 1:07:07. ... Ethiopia's 10,000-meter Olympic champion, Derartu Tulu, won the inaugural event in Lisbon in 1:09:09.

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