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Sports Digest

March 03, 2000

College basketbal

Maryland won't know ACC tournament foe until next week

No. 17 Maryland knows where and when it will open the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament, but the Terps face a long wait before they learn what team they will play a week from today at the Charlotte (N.C.) Coliseum.

Runners-up to Duke for the second straight season, the second-seeded Terps will open the tournament next Friday at 2 p.m., in what amounts to a quarterfinal. The foe will be determined the previous evening, when the ACC's seventh and eighth seeds meet in a preliminary. Those positions will not be filled until Sunday.

If Maryland wins next Friday, it would advance to the semifinals for a sixth straight year, and play in the second semifinal March 11, at 4 p.m. The championship game will be played March 12 at 1 p.m. The Terps last reached the tournament final in 1984.

Maryland (22-7, 11-4) concludes the regular season tomorrow (7 p.m.) at Virginia.

Tennis

Seles thwarts Schett, advances in State Farm

If nothing else, Monica Seles' nerves are as strong as ever.

The former top-ranked player weathered her second straight high-intensity set to beat eighth-seeded Barbara Schett, 7-6 (9), 6-1, and advance to the quarterfinals of the State Farm Women's Tennis Classic in Scottsdale, Ariz.

"At the end, it comes down to who's better and who performs better under a tight bit of pressure, but still there's an awful lot of luck involved," said Seles who, after a six-month layoff because of a stress fracture in her foot, won her 45th career singles title last week.

Also advancing was top-ranked Martina Hingis, who beat Sandrine Testud for the third time this year and the ninth time in as many meetings. In their previous meetings dating to 1995, there were four three-set matches and five tiebreakers.

But Hingis had a relatively easy time in this tournament, discouraging her opponent by chasing down shot after shot in a 6-4, 6-2 triumph.

In other second-round matches, sixth-seeded Anna Kournikova of Russia beat Austrian qualifier Sylvia Plischke, 6-1, 6-1, and Nathalie Dechy of France outlasted wild card Meghann Shaughnessy, 6-3, 4-6, 6-1.

Citrix Championships: Top seed Patrick Rafter of Australia continued to show no ill effects from shoulder surgery as he advanced to the quarterfinals.

Rafter posted his second consecutive straight-set win by defeating Markus Hipfl of Austria, 6-2, 7-5. Sixth seed Stefan Koubek of Austria and unseeded players Paul Goldstein of Rockville and Andre Sa of Brazil also secured quarterfinal berths.

Copenhagen Open: Top-seeded Marat Safin of Russia survived a third-set scare, eliminating unseeded Jan Kroslak of Slovakia, 3-6, 6-0, 7-6 (8), to advance to the quarterfinals at Copenhagen, Denmark.

Sweden's Andreas Vinciguerra, 19, who hails from southern Sweden just north of the Danish capital, outlasted fourth-seeded Rainer Schuttler of Germany, 3-6, 6-4, 6-2, in another second-round match.

Chevrolet Cup: Fourth seed Fernando Vicente of Spain stormed into the quarterfinals by defeating Tomas Zib of the Czech Republic, 6-2, 6-2.

Unseeded Juan Ignacio Chela of Argentina, who came out of nowhere to win last week's Mexican Open, was beaten by the player he defeated in Sunday's final, countryman Mariano Puerta, 6-3, 2-6, 6-3.

College football

NCAA declares Webster of Miami ineligible

The NCAA declared University of Miami linebacker Nate Webster ineligible for his senior season, keeping him from returning to the Hurricanes after he changed his mind about entering the NFL draft.

Webster, who led the Big East Conference with 150 tackles last season, decided on Jan. 10 to declare himself eligible for the draft.

He changed his mind later that night and contacted the NFL to remove his name from the list. The NCAA suspended him on Monday pending the outcome of an investigation.

Another Miami player, defensive lineman Jamal Green, was arrested yesterday on a felony charge of aggravated battery in connection with a bar fight near the campus.

The 250-pound Green, 19, was accused of punching another student early Sunday and breaking his jaw, sending him to the hospital, according to police.

Green, a second-year freshman from Camden, N.J., played in every game last season as a reserve. The school had no comment on his arrest, spokesman Bob Burda said.

Et cetera

Towson women routed in lacrosse opener

Junior attack Katie Keegan scored six goals as George Mason (1-0) beat Towson (0-1), 12-4, in the opener for both women's lacrosse teams at Minnegan Stadium yesterday.

The Tigers were led by freshman Kristen Krastel, who had two goals and an assist.

Jurisprudence: A judge in Gainesville, Fla., released indicted agent Tank Black on $1 million bond yesterday, but not before prosecutors said he was a target of an investigation into a multi-million-dollar federal drug case in Michigan.

Further spoiling the agent's victory, NBA star Vince Carter suspended his relationship with Black pending the outcome of the criminal money laundering and fraud case.

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