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© St. Petersburg Times, published November 3, 2000


Women's soccer league has Spirit, Cyber Rays

Meet the Beat, the Cyber Rays, the Charge and the Spirit. The Women's United Soccer Association unveiled those names and four more Thursday and announced home stadiums for franchises set to begin play in April.

At least five teams will play on college campuses -- the Atlanta Beat in Bobby Dodd Stadium at Georgia Tech; the Bay Area Cyber Rays at Spartan Stadium at San Jose State; the Carolina Tempest in Fetzer Field at North Carolina; the Philadelphia Charge at Villanova Stadium; and the San Diego Spirit in Torero Stadium at San Diego.

The Boston Breakers will play at Zimman Field at Tufts University or Foxboro Stadium. The New York Power will play at the Mitchel Field Athletic Complex on Long Island. The Washington Freedom will use RFK Stadium.

MORE SOCCER: A Romanian team, Ceahlaul Piatra Neamt, lost an appeal of a one-season ban from European Cups competition for "offering female company" to match officials. AUTOS: Jason Leffler took the pole for Saturday's NASCAR Busch series Outback Steakhouse 200 in Phoenix, turning a lap at 130.957 mph. Jeff Green was second, followed by Jeff Burton and Ron Hornaday at 129.669. ... Greg Biffle accepted his NASCAR Craftsman Truck championship, becoming the first driver in circuit history to win $1-million in a season. ... Steve Evans, a TNN Motorsports announcer, died Wednesday in Las Vegas, where he was covering a World of Outlaws event. He was 58.

COLLEGES: Four goals by Abby Wambach helped the UF women's soccer team beat Arkansas 4-1 at the Southeastern Conference tournament in Athens, Ga. ... Tom Moe, interim men's athletic director at Minnesota since Mark Dienhart resigned in December, will take the position permanently. ... UF tennis players Matthew Behrmann, Olivier Levant, Nathan Overholser and Jeremy Wurtzman advanced to the third round of the ITA Region III Championship at Athens, Ga.

GOLF: Dave Branshaw of Tampa got $1,000 and won by three strokes at World Woods Golf Club in Brooksville, the second tournament of the season on the North Florida PGA Winter Tour.

ICE SKATING: Russia's Elena Berezhnaya and Anton Sikharulidze won the pairs short program at Skate Canada International in Mississauga, Ontario.

RUNNING: Danish sprinter Claus Hirsbo, 32, has been banned for life after flunking a second drug test.

COLLEGES: Four goals by Abby Wambach helped the UF women's soccer team beat Arkansas 4-1 at the SEC tournament in Athens, Ga. Minnesota interim men's athletic director Tom Moe will take the position permanently. UF tennis players Matthew Behrmann, Olivier Levant, Nathan Overholser and Jeremy Wurtzman advanced to the third round of the ITA Region III Championship at Athens, Ga. Michael Lang won two matches for Miami in Day 1 of the Rolex Region III Championships in Athens, Ga. Jose Lieberman won one match before falling to Mark Kovacs of Auburn. Florida A&M defeated visiting Jacksonville 3-2 in volleyball.

ICE SKATING: Russia's Elena Berezhnaya and Anton Sikharulidze won the pairs short program at Skate Canada International in Mississauga, Ontario. Russian Alexei Yagudin won the men's short program, with American Todd Eldredge second.

TENNIS: Andre Agassi lost to Andrei Pavel in the Stuttgart Masters Series in Germany. Gustavo Kuerten lost to Sebastien Grosjean, and Marat Safin lost to Greg Rusedski. ... Kim Clijsters upset Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario to reach the quarterfinals of the Sparkassen Cup in Leipzig, Germany, against Jelena Dokic. Elena Likhovtseva reached the semifinals.

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