Saturday, March 20, 2004

Sports digest

Henman upsets Roddick in quarters

The Enquirer and wire reports

Tim Henman frustrated Andy Roddick with his tenacious net play and defeated the big-serving American 6-7 (6), 7-6 (1), 6-3 in the Pacific Life Open quarterfinals Friday at Indian Wells, Calif.

Two-time women's champion Lindsay Davenport reached her fifth final in her last seven appearances at Indian Wells, beating Nathalie Dechy 6-2, 7-6 (4).

The clash of styles in the men's match - Roddick's power game against Henman's accurate ground strokes and volleying - made for an entertaining duel.

Henman holds a 3-1 career edge over Roddick, with all three earlier meetings coming last year. Six of the 11 sets they've played have been decided by tiebreakers, with Henman winning four.

Henman, 29, a tour veteran from London, began to take over in the second-set tiebreaker, then simply outplayed Roddick - who looked increasingly frustrated - in the third set. The Englishman stayed close to Roddick before losing the first-set tiebreaker, then dominated the second one.

Roddick began it with a double fault, and the only point he managed was when Henman hit a forehand wide on the second point.

As he did throughout the match, Henman sent Roddick scrambling with well-placed groundstrokes in the tiebreaker, then came forward to volley for winners.

Roddick, 21, won the final point of the first-set tiebreaker in similar fashion, charging the net on his second serve and tapping Henman's return back over.

Henman, whose fastest serve was 127 mph to Roddick's 143, had only two aces to Roddick's 11. Henman won 52 points in 77 chances at the net while Roddick, much better on the baseline, took 28 points in 46 approaches.

Davenport passed her first real test of the tournament. She was down 6-5 and 0-40 in the second set against Dechy before starting her comeback.

After losing the final to Kim Clijsters a year ago, Davenport is looking for her first Indian Wells championship since 2000.


CCHA TOURNAMENT: Top-seeded Michigan defeated seventh-seeded Northern Michigan 5-1 and is headed to another CCHA final against the winner of Friday night's other semifinal game between second-seeded Miami and fourth-seeded Ohio State at Detroit's Joe Louis Arena.

The third-place game is 3:30 p.m. today, followed by the championship at 7 p.m.

The tournament champion receives an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. Pairings for the NCAA Tournament, which was expanded from 12 to 16 teams last year, will be announced Sunday at 2:30 p.m. on ESPN2.

NHL ON FRIDAY NIGHT: Jason Blake scored three goals to lift New York to a 3-1 victory over the Minnesota Wild and move the Islanders closer to their third straight playoff appearance.


GYMNASTICS: Samantha Sheehan of coach Mary Lee Tracy's Cincinnati Gymnastics Academy in Fairfield competes in the uneven bars finals tonight at the Athens International Tournament.

CYCLING: Former Tour de France winner Marco Pantani's death was caused by cocaine poisoning that appears to have been accidental, a coroner's report said.

BOXING: Undefeated Floyd Mayweather Jr. will make his 140-pound debut May 22 in a fight against Demarcus Corley in Atlantic City, N.J.

SKIING: Bryon Friedman won his first national title, taking the men's downhill by two seconds in the U.S. Alpine Championships at Girdwood, Alaska.

BOWLING: Steve Jaros defeated Rick Lawrence 4-0 in the round of 16 in the PBA's World Championship at Taylor, Mich.

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ETSU's Smith plays big
Hicks gets job done as Bearcats' stealth sub
UK: 'Cats pull away in 2nd half to win
Hayes just misses triple-double
Murray St. gets taste of Illini's Big Ten
Cowboys get Sutton's angry halftime message
Wolfpack uses defense to subdue Ragin' Cajuns
Pacific waves goodbye to 5th seed Providence
Maryland sets sights on 'Cuse's sharpshooter
Calhoun could do without matchup
NCAA Tournament at a glance
It's not exactly home, but it's close for the Buckeyes
Tournament chase is all about class
Team by team in the women's field
WNIT: Scoring drought ends MU's season
Victory sends Wilmington to title game

Reds pitcher lost for season
2003 Reds finances may have finished in the black
Inside Reds camp
Lidle in Opening Day hunt
Aching Nixon, Garciaparra out of action for Red Sox

Bengals, Sapp close in on deal
It's official: Keyshawn, Parcells reunited

MND plays nation's top-ranked team for state title
C-J storms into Division I title game
Colonels discover that the 3 is king
Royals win one for the ages
Mason Co. pushed to the 3-OT brink
Prep sports results, schedules

Silver Minister, Bejarano aim to play spoiler

Maruyama moves ahead
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