Agassi adds missing championship to resume

Agassi adds missing championship to resume

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Agassi adds missing championship to resume

Andre Agassi finally added an Italian Open title to his long list of championships.

As the only current player to have won each of tennis’ four Grand Slams, Agassi has few challenges left toconquer.

He managed to grab one of the few significant titles to elude him by beating Tommy Haas, 6-3, 6-3,6-0, Sunday in Rome to win the Italian Open 13 years after squandering a championship point in the event.

The seven-time Grand Slam champion used blistering groundstrokes and a fierce return game to frustrate the 24-year-old German. Agassi broke Haas’ serve seven times en route to winning the $2.57 million tournament.

The victory, the first for an American man in Rome since Pete Sampras won in 1994, ends Agassi’s long streak of misfortune in the event.

ETC.: Justine Henin needed three match points to beat Serena Williams, 6-2, 1-6, 7-6 (5), in the final of the German Open in Berlin. The 19-year- old Belgian won her first title of the year after failing in three previous finals. Henin, the world’s eighth- ranked player, had lost all three finals to Serena Williams’ older sister, Venus. She beat Serena Williams for the first in three tries.

Soccer Dante Washington scored the tying goal in the 67th minute, and Jaime Moreno missed a penalty kick in injury time as the Columbus Crewand D.C. United played to a 1-1 draw in Washington.

United (2-5-1) and the Crew (2-4-1) are the only two MLS teams averaging less than a goal per game this season.

ETC.: Sherrill Kester scored in injury time to give the visiting San Diego Spirit a 1-1 tie with the WUSA champion San Jose CyberRays. Kester, who entered the match inthe 74th minute, took a pass from Julie Foudy, beat defender Dianne Alagich and fired a shot to the far post. The ballrattled off both goal posts before settling in the net for her first career goal. San Jose’s Kim Clark opened the scoring in the 44th minute. San Diego is 1-2-2, and San Jose is 2-2-1. . . . Mexico beat Colombia, 2-1, in its last home exhibition game before the World Cup as Jared Borgetti scored in 52nd minute and Rafael Marquez connected in the 75th, seven minutes after entering the game. . . .Supporters of FIFA president Sepp Blatter have removed financial control of the organization from its No. 2 official, telling general secretary Michel Zen-Ruffinen to stop speaking to media. . . . Kieron Dyer is “almost for sure” out of the World Cup because of a knee injury, England manager Sven-Goran Eriksson said. . . . Marco Tronchetti Provera, the boss of Internazionale’s main sponsor,said the Milan soccer club will keep Ronaldo and Christian Vieri as well as coach Hector Cuper next season.

Diving

Canada’s Alexandre Despatie ended China’s bid to sweep all 10 events in the USA Grand Prix, winning the men’s platform title in Coral Springs, Fla.

The 16-year-old Canadian rallied from fifth place after he received a 2-point deduction on every mark in the third dive for illegally moving his hand while in the handstand takeoff position. He finished with 463.83 points.

American Mark Ruiz wassecond with 459.78 points.

China’s Minxia Wu won the women’s 3-meter competition with 339.42 points, and China took the women team event with 48 points.

Kimiko Soldati, the only American diving in the event, finished fifth. Horse racing

California-bred Sky Jack ran away with the $150,000 Mervyn LeRoy Handicap, beating Bosque Redondo by 5 1/2 lengths at Hollywood Park.

Sky Jack, ridden by Laffit Pincay, ran 1 1-16 miles in 1:41.360, and paid $5, $2.80 and $2.60. The 6-year-old Sky Jack, who returned to competition in February after a 14-month injury layoff, has seven victories in 13 career starts.

“This horse ran a tremendous race,” Pincay said. “He finished really strong and I think he’sback. Last year, if he didn’t get hurt, I think he would have been the best horse in the country.”

Bosque Redondo, ridden by Chris McCarron, returned $2.80 and $2.40, and Devine Wind paid $3.40 to show.

Motorsports

Britain’s Luke Quigley ruptured a vein in his abdomen after falling and being run over two by riders during a Superstock motorcycle race in Monza, Italy.

The 23-year-old Quigley fell at the Lesmo corner of the Monza circuit and was run over by Mario Tosolini and Lorenzo Alfonsi.

Tosolini and Alfonsi sustained minor bruises in the collision.

Defending world champion Troy Bayliss won both races of the Superbike Championship.

ETC.: Seven people, including five spectators, were injured in two separate accidents at a local auto rally in Besancon, France.

The rally organizers, the Sports Automobile Association of Franche- Comte, called off the two-day rally after the second accident. Five of the injuries were termed serious, but none were life-threatening, police said.

Pro football

Todd Husak threw for 255 yards and a touchdown and rushed for a score to lead the host Berlin Thunder (3-2)to a 24-14 victory over the Barcelona Dragons (1-4) in NFL Europe.

Cycling

Italy’s Mario Cipollini edged Australians Graeme Brown and Robbie McEwen at the finish line to win the first stage of the Giro d’Italia in Munster, Germany.

Cipollini won the pink jersey as the overall leader with his 172nd career wins.

JC badminton

The El Camino College doubles team of Minako Minura and Phyran Than advanced to the finals of the State Community College finals before falling to top-ranked Lili Zhou and Ruby Huiof Irvine Valley at Skyline College in Oakland. Minura also placed third in the women’s singles division.

El Camino finished as the second-ranked team in the state behind Irvine Valley.

Quotable ABC radio’s Keith Olbermann on TV sportscaster Lisa Guerrero, who appeared in a bikini spread recently in a newspaper feature section:

“In a few years, maybe months, somebody younger and with fewer clothes will replace her, even if, as her colleagues insist, she’s trying to become an actual reporter.”

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