Sampras Wins, Agassi Beaten In Toronto

Posted: August 02, 2000

Pete Sampras shook off the rust. Andre Agassi couldn't.

The second-seeded Sampras, playing his first match since winning Wimbledon for the seventh time, recovered from a shaky start yesterday to beat Michael Llodra of France, 5-7, 6-2, 7-6 (4), in the first round of the Tennis Masters Series-Canada in Toronto.

The top-seeded Agassi, playing for the first time since injuring his back in an automobile accident, lost by 7-6 (4), 7-6 (6) to Jerome Golmard of France in a first-round match that was completed yesterday after being suspended by rain after three games Monday night.

Other seeded players who lost were No. 10 Nicolas Lapentti of Ecuador, who was beaten, 6-4, 6-3, by Stefan Koubek of Austria; and No. 15 Tim Henman of Britain, who lost by 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 to Marcelo Rios of Chile.

* Rebounding from her quarterfinal loss at Wimbledon, top seed Martina Hingis began preparations for this month's U.S. Open by winning her second-round match in Carlsbad, Calif.

Hingis opened defense of her title with a 6-2, 7-6 (7-2) victory over Dominique Van Roost of Belgium to advance to the quarterfinals.

American Amy Frazier eliminated seventh seed Anke Huber of Germany, 6-0, 7-6 (7-3). Sixth seed Nathalie Tauziat of France, at 32 the oldest player in the draw, beat Anne Kremer of Luxembourg, 6-4, 6-3. Eighth seed Sandrine Testud of France rallied to beat American Chanda Rubin, 3-6, 7-5, 6-2.

OLYMPICS Tim Duncan, who only recently began rehabilitating his left knee after undergoing surgery May 24 to repair torn cartilage, may not be able to play in the Sydney Olympics, USA Basketball said.

If Duncan is unable to play, it would leave the U.S. team with a serious shortage of big men. Only one center, Alonzo Mourning, is on the roster, and the only other players who can play power forward are Vin Baker, Kevin Garnett, and Shareef Abdur-Rahim.

* The IOC medical commission in Lausanne, Switzerland, approved a double test for the hormone EPO, believed to be one of the most abused drugs in sport.

If the blood and urine tests, developed by researchers in Australia and France, are approved by legal experts and the IOC executive board, at least 300 tests for EPO will be carried out before and during the Sydney Games, which run Sept. 15 to Oct. 1.

Until now, there has been no test for EPO, or erythropoietin, believed to be used widely by athletes in endurance sports such as cycling and swimming.

* Sampras wouldn't join the U.S. team for the Sydney Olympics, so fiery Jeff Tarango will represent the United States as a professional for the first time.

Tarango, 31, completes the team announced by the U.S. Tennis Association. The other singles players are defending gold medalist Andre Agassi, Michael Chang, and Todd Martin. Alex O'Brien and Jared Palmer will play doubles.

HOCKEY Former Calgary assistant Don Hay was hired as head coach of the Flames.

He replaces Brian Sutter, who was fired at the end of last season. Hay also is a former head coach of Phoenix.

* Jason Woolley, who led Buffalo defensemen in scoring last season, re-signed with the Sabres by accepting their qualifying offer. Financial terms of the one-year deal were not released.

Elsewhere: Montreal Canadiens forward Brian Savage grudgingly accepted a one-year contract at last year's $1.9 million salary. . . . The Minnesota Wild reached agreement with two players the team selected in the NHL expansion draft, free-agent goalie Zach Bierk and defenseman Filip Kuba. . . . The Toronto Maple Leafs re-signed forwards Jonas Hoglund, Yanic Perreault, and Alyn McCauley to one-year deals. . . . The Ottawa Senators re-signed forward Magnus Arvedson and defenseman Chris Phillips to one year deals. . . . The Florida Panthers signed right winger David Emma and defenseman Michel Periard to undisclosed contracts. . . . The Phoenix Coyotes signed free-agent defenseman Justin Hocking to a one-year contract.

GOLF Mark James resigned as European Ryder Cup vice captain amid fallout from a book in which he criticized Nick Faldo, Tony Jacklin, and the behavior of the U.S. team.

The decision came after the Ryder Cup committee met with Sam Torrance, captain of the 2001 Ryder team.

* Aree Wongluekiet of Bradenton, Fla., and Mary Ellen Grzebien of Saunderstown, R.I., each shot 71 Monday to share the first-round lead in the U.S. Girls' Junior Championship on the Witch Hollow Course at Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club in North Plains, Ore. Central Bucks East senior Kristen White and Hatboro-Horsham junior Dayna Burleigh were 3 strokes back.

On Pumpkin Ridge's Ghost Creek Course, Jay Choi of Cerritos, Calif., was the first-round leader in the U.S. Junior Amateur with a 66.

COLLEGES Scott Beeten, an assistant coach at California, was hired as coach of the University of Albany's fledging Division I basketball program.

Beeten, 53, worked for seven years as Mike Jarvis' top assistant at George Washington. He was also an assistant coach at Penn.

* The University of Kentucky has reported a possible secondary violation involving basketball coach Tubby Smith and a recruit.

Smith talked with Bowling Green (Ky.) High standout Josh Carrier and his parents after watching the 6-foot-6 guard work out in the high school's gym on July 11.

The workout and conversation occurred during an evaluation period, when the NCAA allows coaches to observe players but not participate in workouts with them or have off-campus contact with them or their families.

* Bill Martin, Michigan's athletic director since Tom Goss resigned under pressure in March, was given the job permanently.

NOTEWORTHY World Boxing Organization bantamweight champion Johnny Tapia was charged with assault Monday in New Mexico stemming from a June 27 confrontation with a driver in which the boxer says shots were fired at him.

* Rae Carruth's infant son may visit him in jail, where the former NFL player is being held on charges of masterminding the shooting death of the child's mother.

Judge Yvonne Mims Evans ruled a relative could bring 8-month-old Chancellor Adams to the jail to see Carruth through the glass partition separating inmates from visitors.

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