Sampras beats Agassi to reach title match at U.S. Clay Court
Pete Sampras, winless in 24 tournaments since taking his seventh Wimbledon title in 2000, beat second seed Andre Agassi, 6-1, 7-5, last night to advance to today's final of the U.S. Men's Clay Court Tennis Championships in Houston.
Sampras will face third seed Andy Roddick, a 6-3, 2-6, 6-2 winner over Guillermo Coria.
Sampras is 19-14 lifetime against Agassi, but it was only the second time in five meetings that Sampras has beaten Agassi on clay.
ATP OPEN SEAT GODO: Lleyton Hewitt, the world's No. 1 player who had not dropped a set all week, lost, 6-4, 7-5, to 62nd-ranked Gaston Gaudio in the semifinals in Barcelona, Spain.
Gaudio will play Albert Costa in today's final.
KiXX force MISL Game 3; Freedom, United lose, 1-0
The Philadelphia KiXX broke a 4-4 tie in the fourth quarter with three straight goals to earn an 11-4 victory over the visiting Milwaukee Wave in Game 2 of the Major Indoor Soccer League championship series and force a decisive Game 3 on Friday in Milwaukee.
Kevin Sloan scored two goals and assisted on one for the KiXX.
WUSA: Charmaine Hooper scored in injury time, giving the host Atlanta Beat a 1-0 victory over the Washington Freedom.
The game was the first major-league sports contest in which each team fielded a set of twins, according to Elias Sports Bureau.
Nancy and Julie Augustyniak of Atlanta and Jacqui and Skylar Little of Washington were all on the field at the same time for a four-minute stretch.
MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER: Jon Busch had a shutout in his first career start, and the Columbus Crew used an early goal by Brian Maissonneuve to beat visiting D.C. United, 1-0.
Tenn.'s Baker victorious in BASSMASTER Eastern
Tennessee's Chad Baker won the Maryland Citgo BASSMASTER Eastern Open, using a 15-pound, 13-ounce four-fish catch yesterday to boost his three-day total to 45-12 on the Potomac River in Waldorf.
Baker collected his $51,000 in winnings on the strength of a crankbait pattern that developed near the Fort Washington lighthouse.
COLLEGE SOFTBALL: Sophomore Samantha Abrams no-hit defending champion Muhlenberg to lead Western Maryland to a 5-0 victory in the opening round of the Centennial Conference tournament.
TRACK AND FIELD: Suzy Favor Hamilton recorded the fastest outdoor time in the world this year in the 3,000 meters, winning the Drake Relays event in Des Moines, Iowa, in 8 minutes, 56.03 seconds.
BOXING: Johnny Tapia applied pressure throughout the 12 rounds of his International Boxing Federation featherweight bout with Manuel Medina in New York and became a world champion in a third weight class with the majority decision.
BOWLING: John Carney of Crofton won the Coors Light Champion of Champions and the $500 prize at Bowl America Glen Burnie by rolling a three-game total of 656 with a 620 scratch pinfall (181-236-203) and 36-pin handicap.
Hitting the turnaround:
Since 1900, a total of 119 major-league teams have lost 100 or more games in a season. Twenty of them, including this year's Pirates, posted a winning April the next year. Name the previous team to do it, going from 61-101 in 1987 to 16-6 in April 1988. (Answer in For The Record)
The Cleveland Indians.
From staff and wire reports