Monday, April 19, 2004
Haas beats Roddick in feat of clay; Venus wins
The Enquirer and wire reports
Tommy Haas defeated Andy Roddick 6-3, 6-4 at the U.S. Clay Court Championship in Houston on Sunday for his first title in two years. Haas was once ranked as high as No. 2, but he missed all of last season while recovering from the shoulder surgery. The German hadn't been in a final since 2002 and last won a tournament at Stuttgart in October 2001. He was the steadier player from the start, ending the reigning U.S. Open champion's 12-match winning streak.
FAMILY CIRCLE: Venus Williams turned her game around after the first set and beat Conchita Martinez 2-6, 6-2, 6-1 to win the clay event at Charleston, S.C., for her first title in 14 months. Williams showed that she could be a factor at the French Open, which starts May 24.
ESTORIL OPEN: Juan Ignacio Chela came back to beat Marat Safin 6-7 (2), 6-3, 6-3 in Portugal. Chela, in his first ATP final since Long Island in 2002, won for the first time in four matches against the 2000 U.S. Open champ.
PGA TOUR: Stewart Cink came from nine strokes down to force a playoff, then beat Ted Purdy with a birdie on the fifth extra hole to win the MCI Heritage in Hilton Head Island, S.C.
Cink shot a 7-under 64 to pull of the second biggest PGA comeback and win his first title in four years.
Cink had six birdies and an eagle to catch Purdy at 10-under 274. Purdy started the round with a four shot lead, but struggled to a 2-over 73.
CHAMPIONS TOUR: Tom Jenkins won his first over-50 tour victory of the year and fifth of his career by five strokes over Rodger Davis with an 7-under 63 final round at the Blue Angels Classic in Milton, Fla.
Jenkins, the eighth winner in as many tour events this year, finished with a 14-under 196. Davis was at 201.
The tournament's namesakes, the Navy's Blue Angels, roared over The Moors Golf Club in tight formation minutes after play ended. The six-jet precision flying team is based at nearby Pensacola Naval Air Station.
HEAVYWEIGHTS: IBF champion Chris Byrd and Andrew Golota fought to a draw late Saturday at Madison Square Garden in an interesting yet not very satisfying bout. Just before that, John Ruiz and Fres Oquendo engaged in a WBA heavyweight title fight so ugly that Ruiz's sudden ending of it in the 11th round was greeted mostly by relief, not cheers. Colleges
TRACK: The Cincinnati men's team won the All-Ohio State Championships for its second consecutive team crown in as many weeks. UC recorded 215.5 points, 80 ahead of second place Miami. UC's Ashley Wilhelm set a school record in women's heptathlon with 5,067 points.
GOLF: The Xavier men's team won its second tournament of the year, claiming the Robert Kepler Intercollegiate title by three strokes this weekend on Ohio State's Scarlet Course.
The Musketeers posted a team score of 886, beating second place Kent State by three strokes. Host Ohio State and Toledo tied for third at 895. Miami finished 15th of 18 teams.
RUSSIA BEATS USA: Roman Voloshenko and Dmitri Shitikov scored 66 seconds apart to lift Russia to a 3-2 victory over the United States in the final of the Under-18 World Ice Hockey Championship in Minsk, Belarus.
AHL DUCKS ADVANCE: There will be a new Calder Cup champion in 2004. The Cincinnati Mighty Ducks defeated the Houston Aeros 6-3 Saturday night, ending the Aeros' reign as champions with a two-game sweep of the West Division qualifying series. Cincinnati faces Milwaukee in the next round, beginning at 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Bradley Center.
KEENELAND: Intercontinental, the 4-5 favorite trained by Bobby Frankel and ridden by Jerry Bailey, scored a one-length win in the Jenny Wiley Stakes for fillies and mares on the turf ,
MARADONA UPDATE: Diego Maradona entered a Buenos Aires hospital Sunday, hours after watching his former team play a match in the Argentine league.
Maradona, who has had drug and medical problems in the past, retired from professional soccer in 1997. In his 20-year career, he won Italian and Argentine league titles and led Argentina to the World Cup title in 1986 and second place in 1990.
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