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© St. Petersburg Times, published November 5, 2000


Capriati in title rematch

Jennifer Capriati will try to defend her Bell Challenge title today, while Chanda Rubin will look for revenge in a rematch of last year's championship.

Capriati, top seed at the $180,000 tournament in Quebec, has defeated Rubin, the second seed, five times in eight matches.

Rubin beat Mielen Tu 7-5, 6-1 in the first semifinal.

"I expect I will have to play a lot better," Rubin said. "Jennifer has an excellent pace and solid shots and I expect a similar match, except the tempo will be raised."

Capriati had a tougher time in her semifinal with Amy Frazier, prevailing 3-6, 7-5, 7-5 in 2 hours, 20 minutes.

MORE TENNIS: Lleyton Hewitt plays Wayne Ferreira in the final of the Stuttgart Masters Series in Germany. Hewitt, 19, upset Yevgeny Kafelnikov 6-4, 6-7, 6-3. Ferreira ousted Sebastien Grosjean 6-4, 6-2 in the other semifinal of the $2.95-million tournament. ... Anna Kournikova lost her composure and a chance to win her first WTA tour singles title when she was beaten in straight sets by 17-year-old Kim Clijsters at the Sparkassen Cup in Leipzig, Germany. Clijsters won 6-2, 6-3 and faces Elena Likhovtseva, who reached her first final of the year by beating top-seeded Nathalie Tauziat 6-2, 6-4.

COLLEGES: Brooke Wyckoff scored 27 points and April Traylor added 24 as the Florida State women's basketball team came back from 16 points down to defeat the visiting Premier Players 93-78. ... The Florida men's golf team shot 3-over-par 291 to finish in 16th place with a two-day total of 578 in the Rolex/Golf World/Palmetto Dunes Invitational at Hilton Head Island, S.C. Georgia remained in first place at 543. UF freshman Camilo Villegas shot par 72 for 141 and a tie for 26th. ... Florida (6-1, 4-1 SEC) was in third place behind Auburn and Texas after the first day of the SMU Women's Swimming and Diving Classic in Dallas. The 800-yard freestyle relay team of Janelle Atkinson, Jaime Ellis, Sara McLarty and Rebekah Olsen got the Gators' sole first-place finish. Sara McLarty was second in the 400-yard individual medley, Cerian Gibbes was third in the 100-yard backstroke and Robyn Grimes finished third on the one-meter springboard. ... The FSU women's volleyball team is 19-9, 7-6 ACC after beating the Wake Forest in five games. ... Miami's Michael Lang lost to Adam Carey of Tennessee in the quarterfinals after winning four straight tennis matches at the Rolex Region III Championships in Athens, Ga. ... Miami's Elaine Schwartz won the 1,000-yard freestyle and the 100-meter butterfly as the men's and women's swim teams hosted Indian River Community College. Jennifer Weir won the 50-yard freestyle and 100-yard backstroke. Courtney Caples was first in 100-yard breaststroke and second in the 100-yard freestyle. Wesley Stoddard won the 500-yard freestyle and was second in the 200-yard freestyle. ... Forward Torris Bright was suspended for unspecified reasons and won't play in LSU's exhibition opener Monday against Global Sports All-Stars, basketball coach John Brady said. ... Darius Lane scored 19 points to lead host Seton Hall to a 114-85 win over the New York Ravens in an exhibition. ... The Florida men's swimming and diving team defeated visiting Michigan. ... Andree Bitterer's two goals with less than two minutes remaining helped Eckerd beat Rollins 3-2. Arda Bykal also scored for Eckerd, which finished 7-12 overall and 3-4 in the Sunshine State Conference (fifth place). ... In tennis, Florida's Jessica Lehnhoff and Lindsay Dawaf reached the quarterfinals and doubles teams of Whitney Laiho and Lehnhoff and Stephanie Hazlett and Julia Scaringe reached the semifinals of the ITA South Regional Championships in Mobile, Ala. Lehnhoff will play Florida Atlantic's Kristen Jordan today. Dawaf defeated FSU's Alida Gallovits and plays UAB's Mirela Vladulescu.

ICE SKATING: Irina Slutskaya landed six triple jumps in the women's free skate competition to beat Michelle Kwan in Skate Canada International. Fumie Suguri finished third.

SPEED SKATING: Joey Cheek won the 500-meter race for the second day in the U.S. Team Fall World Cup Qualifier at West Allis, Wisc. Cheek and Nick Pearson won berths at 500 meters. Both qualified to skate 1,000-meter World Cup races.

BOXING: Former IBF middleweight champion James Toney stopped Courtney Butler at 1:14 of the third round of their 10-round cruiserweight bout in Verona, N.Y. ... Dale Brown beat Sione Asipeli in a 10-round cruiserweight bout in Montreal. ... Hector Camacho Jr. remained unbeaten in 30 pro fights with a unanimous decision over Joe Hutchinson in a 10-round junior welterweight bout.

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COLLEGES: Brooke Wyckoff scored 27 points and April Traylor added 24 as the Florida State women's basketball team defeated the visiting Premier Players 93-78. The Florida men's golf team shot 3-over-par 291 for 16th place in the Rolex/Golf World/Palmetto Dunes Invitational at Hilton Head Island, S.C. Georgia remained in first place. UF freshman Camilo Villegas tied for 26th. Florida (6-1, 4-1 SEC) was in third place behind Auburn and Texas after the first day of the SMU Women's Swimming and Diving Classic in Dallas. The 800-yard relay team of Janelle Atkinson, Jaime Ellis, Sara McLarty and Rebekah Olsen got the Gators' sole first-place finish. Sara McLarty was second in the 400-yard individual medley, Cerian Gibbes was third in the 100-yard backstroke and Robyn Grimes finished third on the one-meter springboard. The FSU women's volleyball team is 19-9, 7-6 ACC after beating Wake Forest in five games. Miami's Michael Lang lost to Adam Carey of Tennessee in the quarterfinals after winning four tennis matches at the Region III Championships in Athens, Ga. Elaine Schwartz won the 1,000-yard freestyle and 100-meter butterfly, as Miami's swim teams hosted Indian River Community College. Jennifer Weir won the 50-yard freestyle and 100-yard backstroke. Courtney Caples was first in the 100-yard breaststroke and second in the 100-yard freestyle. Wesley Stoddard won the 500-yard freestyle and was second in the 200-yard freestyle. The Florida men's swimming and diving team defeated visiting Michigan. Andree Bitterer's two goals with less than two minutes remaining helped Eckerd beat Rollins 3-2. Arda Bykal also scored for Eckerd, which finished 7-12 overall and 3-4 in the Sunshine State Conference (fifth place). In tennis, Florida's Jessica Lehnhoff and Lindsay Dawaf reached the quarterfinals and doubles teams of Whitney Laiho and Lehnhoff and Stephanie Hazlett and Julia Scaringe reached the semifinals of the ITA South Regional Championships in Mobile, Ala. Lehnhoff will play Florida Atlantic's Kristen Jordan today. Dawaf defeated FSU's Alida Gallovits and plays UAB's Mirela Vladulescu.

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