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SPORTS DIGEST

February 09, 2002

The quiz

Back in style

Name the player who, 10 years ago today, won the NBA All-Star Game Most Valuable Player Award despite having not played in any games during the regular season. (Answer in For The Record)

Tennis

Sampras, Roddick give U.S. 2-0 edge in Davis Cup opener

Pete Sampras and Andy Roddick each had some trouble, but won their matches Friday to give the United States a 2-0 lead over Slovakia in the first round of Davis Cup play in Oklahoma City.

Sampras, playing Davis Cup for the first time since April 2000, lost a second-set tiebreaker and trailed 3-5 in the fourth set before rallying to beat Karol Beck, 6-3, 6-7 (3), 6-1, 7-5.

Roddick followed with a 6-4, 6-4, 6-7 (5) 7-6 (1) victory over Jan Kroslak.

The U.S. doubles team of James Blake and Mardy Fish can clinch the best-of-three series with a victory today over Kroslak and Beck.

ATP GAZ DE FRANCE: Venus Williams and Monica Seles moved into the semifinals after winning in straight sets in Paris.

Williams, the top seed, beat Silvia Farina-Elia, 6-2, 6-1. Seles topped second seed Justine Henin, 6-4, 6-3.

Auto racing

New rules package draws complaints at Daytona

NASCAR got its first real look at the new rules package for the season-opening Daytona 500 with two Winston Cup practice sessions Friday. As expected, a flurry of complaints followed, ranging from predictions of a boring race to the Fords saying they are at a disadvantage.

NASCAR tuned it all out, saying it would sit back and wait before deciding whether the race Feb. 17 in Daytona Beach, Fla., would be run under the current rules package -- implemented late last season in response to driver complaints about dangerous racing at Daytona and Talladega.

"We're pretty comfortable where we are right now, but there's always room for some tweaking," said NASCAR spokesman Jim Hunter. "The hardest thing for us is to wade through all this lobbying and see where we really are. We can't do that in one day of practice."

Three of the four Chevrolets from Hendrick Motorsports were the fastest cars of the day, with rookie Jimmie Johnson posting the top lap at 185.033 mph in the morning session.

Et cetera

Hearns attempting to lure Tyson-Lewis to Michigan

Former boxing champion Thomas Hearns, now a promoter, is trying to lure the Mike Tyson-Lennox Lewis fight to Michigan, filing paperwork with the state requesting to stage a bout at the Pontiac Silverdome on April 6.

"Right now, I think we have a 50-50 chance," Hearns said.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL: Indiana women's coach Kathi Bennett was in stable condition after she was injured in a traffic accident in Bloomington, Ind.

Bennett broke the second vertebra in her neck, but her spinal cord was not damaged and she has full use of her arms and legs.

TRACK AND FIELD: Morgan State's Jean Cummings leaped 24 feet, 1 1/2 inches to win the men's long jump and Maryland's Ruth Kura won the women's 20-pound weight throw with a toss of 66-9 1/4 at the New York Road Runners Club Collegiate Invitational in New York.

SWIMMING: The Poly girls 200-yard freestyle relay team of Alida Gerritsen, Christine Campbell, Kate Guth and Elena Spitzer finished in 1 minute, 56.35 seconds in a meet against Patterson, breaking the 21-year-old school of 1:58.81 set in 1981.

Quiz answer

Magic Johnson.

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