Sunday, August 8, 2004

Sports digest

Mauresmo advances to final in Montreal

The Enquirer and wire reports

MONTREAL - Amelie Mauresmo survived a first-set tiebreaker and a rain delay and went on to beat Vera Zvonareva 7-6 (6), 6-2 in the semifinals of the Rogers Cup on Saturday.

Mauresmo, who won the event in 2002, will face Elena Likhovtseva, a 6-3, 5-7, 6-4 semifinal winner over French Open champion Anastasia Myskina, in today's final.

With the victory, Mauresmo extended her domination of Zvonareva, raising her record against her to 4-0.

"I know her game well - what she does well and what she does that's not so good," Mauresmo said. "I don't think she likes my game too much, but this was probably the closest match we've played."

Zvonareva, the 14th seed, broke service on the opening game and led 5-3 in the first set but then let it slip away. She double-faulted twice and hit an easy groundstroke into the net to let the second-seeded Mauresmo break back for 5-5.

Likhovtseva reached the final with her fourth straight upset. The Russian has beaten eighth-seeded Nadia Petrova, 11th-seeded Francesca Schiavone, fifth-seeded Jennifer Capriati and No. 3 Myskina.

Harness racing

HAMBLETONIAN: Winning the $1 million Hambletonian was not only a big victory for Windsong's Legacy and driver-trainer Trond Smedshammer, it also turned out to be a nice payday for the American Cancer Society.

The charity got a $25,000 donation from the owners of Windsong's Legacy on Saturday after the colt made a three-wide move in the stretch and captured harness racing's biggest trotting's event by a length.

College basketball: UK schedule features KU, UNC

A home date with Kansas and road trips to North Carolina and Louisville highlight Kentucky's 2004-05 schedule. The Jan. 9 game between the Wildcats (1,876 wins) and Jayhawks (1,825) is a matchup of college basketball's two winningest programs. North Carolina, which will host Kentucky on Dec. 4, is the third-winningest program, one win behind Kansas. The Wildcats will play at archrival Louisville Dec. 18 and will make their annual trip to Cincinnati on Nov. 23 to face Ball State.

College football

KENTUCKY: Suspended football player Ricky Abren had a second felony charge added to his case during a court hearing in his hometown. Abren, a redshirt freshman nose guard, was arrested July 23 on charges of carrying a concealed deadly weapon, a felony; possession of marijuana; possession of a suspended license; and operating a vehicle with a suspended license. The other charges are misdemeanors. Abren plans to be on campus Monday when players report for the season's first practice.

LOUISVILLE: Louisville lost its starting tight end when Wayne Riles quit the team without explanation, leaving the Cardinals without a tight end with game experience.

TEXAS: Senior running back Cedric Benson was sentenced to eight days in jail after pleading no contest Friday to misdemeanor criminal trespassing.

But due to jail crowding, he was able to avoid jail time by earning four days credit for good behavior, two days' time served when he was arrested and two days for checking in Friday and Saturday. Benson will be with the Longhorns when the team reports to training camp Monday.

MISSISSIPPI: Running back Jamal Pittman was suspended for at least six games and linebacker Ken Bournes was dismissed from the team Friday, two days after they pleaded guilty to misdemeanors in a gun possession case. The Rebels also suspended fullback Rick Razzano for the season opener Sept. 4 against Memphis.

Local sports

FREEDOM: The Florence Freedom lost 5-2 to the Richmond Roosters at Champion Window Field on Saturday. The Roosters racked up four runs on six hits off Doug Lantz over five innings.

MIDLAND BASEBALL TRYOUTS: Workouts for players 18 and under (cannot turn 19 before Aug. 1, 2005), are Aug. 22 and/or Aug. 29 at 2 pm at the Midland Baseball Complex in Amelia. For more information, call 382-8940 or e-mail

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