TennisDavenport warms up for Australian Open by beating...

Sports Digest

January 17, 1999

Tennis

Davenport warms up for Australian Open by beating Hingis

American Lindsay Davenport picked up some momentum yesterday heading into the Australian Open winning a tune-up event.

Davenport defeated Martina Hingis, 6-4, 6-3, to win the Sydney Adidas International.

Hingis had won the only two matches between the world's best women since Davenport claimed the top spot last October. But Davenport repeated her straight-sets win in the U.S. Open final in September and leads 4-3 in their seven final meetings in the past 14 months.

Horse racing

Epic Honor comes off layoff to win Golden Gate

Epic Honor ran down entrymate Blue Tune in the stretch and then pulled away in a driving finish to win the $150,000 Golden Gate Derby in Albany, Calif., by a length and a half.

Trained by Jeff Bonde and ridden by Lonnie Meche, Epic Honor came off a six-week layoff to earn the $90,000 first prize while covering the 1 1/16 miles in 1: 43.58. In the process, the colt stamped himself as one of Northern California's top 3-year olds by winning the early test for aspiring Triple Crown candidates.

Bonde said both Epic Honor and Blue Tune may run in the El Camino Real Derby at Bay Meadows on March 6, the next major Kentucky Derby prep race in Northern California.

Elsewhere: Grits'n Hard Toast closed with a rush to overtake Doneraile Court in the closing stretch to win the $100,000 Holy Bull Stakes at Gulfstream, the year's first major test for 3-year-olds. Doneraile Court, the 2-1 second choice, edged Mountain Range for second. Dixie Dot Com scored the biggest victory of his career when he defeated Event of the Year by 4 1/2 lengths in the $316,000 San Fernando Breeders' Cup Stakes for 4-year-olds at Santa Anita.

Baseball

Reliever Miceli re-signs with Padres for 3 years

Reliever Dan Miceli and the San Diego Padres avoided arbitration when they agreed to a $4.6 million, three-year contract.

Miceli, who was 10-5 with a 3.22 ERA as a set-up man for Trevor Hoffman, will earn $1.1 million this season, $1.5 million in 2000 and $2 million in 2001. He made $750,000 last year. That leaves left-handed starter Sterling Hitchcock as the only Padres player eligible for arbitration.

Hockey

Canadian player, 24, sues over sex abuse

A 24-year-old hockey player is suing 24 organizations and individuals involved in junior hockey in western Canada, alleging they willfully ignored sexual abuse by a coach who preyed upon the player for two years.

The player, now on a college team, has obtained court backing for remaining anonymous. He formerly played for the Swift Current Broncos of the Western Hockey League, one of Canada's three top junior leagues. His coach was Graham James, who was sentenced two years ago to 42 months in prison for sexually abusing both the unidentified player and former National Hockey League player Sheldon Kennedy. He recently was granted parole and is living in Montreal.

College football

Ohio State assistant sought on spousal abuse charges

Ohio State offensive coordinator Mike Jacobs is being sought on assault and domestic violence charges after allegedly beating his ex-wife.

A complaint filed in Franklin County (Ohio) Municipal Court charged that Jacobs "struck Robbin Jacobs across the face several times causing her eyes to swell and discolor."

Sheriff's deputies had tried to arrest Jacobs at Ohio State's Woody Hayes Athletic Center yesterday morning, but were unable to find the assistant coach.

Et cetera

Thompson breaks record, her third since last month

Five-time Olympic champion Jenny Thompson, who shattered two world records last month, broke the 100-meter individual medley world record at a World Cup short-course meet in Sydney, Australia.

Thompson followed up her record-breaking performance by winning the 50-meter butterfly, her fifth gold medal at the meet.

Track and field: Washington's Ja'Warren Hooker, the 1998 NCAA indoor 55-meter champion and the third-place finisher in the 100 meters at the NCAA outdoor championships, was upset by the unheralded Patrick Jarrett of New York Tech in the 60-meter dash during the inaugural New York Sports Museum Collegiate Invitational.

Skiing: Corinne Rey-Bellet of Switzerland, who had never before won a World Cup race, captured two in St. Anton, Austria, winning a women's downhill and a super-giant slalom. Rey-Bellet became the first skier in World Cup history to score victories in different events on the same day. John Bauer earned his ninth U.S. title in the men's 30-kilometer race in Rumford, Maine, while three-time Olympian Nina Kemppel of Anchorage, Alaska, added her fourth women's crown.

Basketball: The Maryland School for the Blind will hold a basketball game on Thursday to benefit the school's physical education department. Tickets for the event, which will be held at Pine Grove Middle School, are $2 for adults and $1 for children. For more information call Dan O'Connor at 410-444-5000, ext. 312.

The quiz

Striking a pose in Oakland

The Oakland Raiders on Thursday signed 1989 Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Andre Ware. Name the three other Heisman winners on the Raiders' roster. (Answer, 20E)

Quiz answer

Tim Brown (1987), Desmond Howard (1991) and Charles Woodson (1997).

Pub Date: 1/17/99

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