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Pacific Stars And Stripes (Newspaper) - May 20, 1997, Tokyo, Japan J O PffliC S1W&/WD STRIPB TUESDAY, ?W20,1997 ISThe Associated Pressr, *BERLIN — ^lary Joe Fernandez wonher first title in over two years Sunday,posting a straight-set win as MaryPierce's power game disappeared at theGerman Open.Fernandez survived a flurry of win-ners at the start from Pierce, who wonlast week's Italian Open, to beat theFrenchwoman 6-4, 6-2 at the $927,000tournament."The harder I tried, the worse I wasplaying," said Pierce, seeded 12th. "Iran out of gas. I felt like all my energywas gone after six or seven games."The Spanish clay court specialist de-feated his Chilean opponent 7-5,' 7-5,6-3.Rios, one of the most talented newstars on the men's tour, had beaten Cor-retja in straight sets in Monte Carlo. Buthe looked tired here, and midwaythrough the third set the Foro Italicocrowd began whistling its displeaurewith Ms performance.ROME —-Alex Corretja, exacting re-venge for a loss in a tournament finallast month, routed M^rcelo Rios %istraight sets Sunday to win the ItalianOpen. ••>'V.' ' •''.'• •: ' •'•'.'-..':'-'-:. :- •ROCKVlfeE, Md. — Tim Willdsonupset five-t^e Wimbledon championBjora Borg 6-4,6-0 Sunday to advance tothe championship of the Corel WordPer-fect Champions over-35 tennis tour-nament.Wilkison will play his, first seniorsThe Associated PressFirst title In two yearstour final Monday against either top-seeded Jimmy Connors or Johan Kriek,who met in the other semifinal lateSunday. 'Wilkison, scheduled only to play dou-bles in the tournament, entered the sin-gles draw when defending championAndres Gomez withdrew due to illness.The Associated PressROME ~- The head of the ATP Touron Sunday proposed a new ranking sys-tem intended to enhance the ItalianOpen and other t$p non-Grand Slamevents.;.-,. ;•.'•• •... •.. .'•;•••,'•• •.'...V... .:• '".•'.-•"•.A player's ranking would be deter-"mined by his results in the four GrandSlams,0 a reduced number of top tiertournaments now known as the Supert9,and a group of smaller events, said Matk;.•.;••.. . - • '"•.••'. ' ;•.•;• '.'• :..;v.v . -\ •Miles, ichief executive officer of the ATPTOIUV '••' ;:;v-;. •'••.• Yv"'v:y •• ."/'It would h^t the extent to whichplayers might not play so well at the bigevents," Miles told a news conference onthe final day of the Italian Open. ':-. ^Under the current ranking system*only results from any 14 tournamentsdetermine a player's ranking.In recent years, tournaments on theSuper 9 tour have complained that topplayers failed to show, generally citinginjuries, or lost in early rounds.Some players have also complainedthat the current ranking system is toocomplicated.Under the proposal, all the top eventswould count, said Miles.The ranking proposal is one of a seriesof changes the ATP Tour is looking at tobe in place for 2000. It would require theapproval of the executive council madeup of players and tournament represen-tatives.womensThe Associated PressSTANFORD, Calif. — The Stanfordwomen's tennis team avenged its otilyloss of the, season with crushing 5-1 vic-tory over top-seeded-Florida on Sundayto win the NCAA Division I champi-\onship.Stanford players took the court to rau-cous chants'of "Gator bait, Gator bait/'by Florida- fans whose team looked torepeat their 4-3 victory over thenal earlier this season. Florida had a 62-rnatch winning strealyjoing into the fin-als, and was 31-0 this season.But the chants soon died down as LiliaOsterloh, Stanford's top player, led thecharge with a 6-3; 6-1 drubbing of fellowNo. 1 Dawn Buth. Osterloh's array ofpenetrating ground strokes overpoweredFlorida's top player.'^Nerves were a big factor, but after Iwon the first set it was a big relief offmy shoulders," Osterloh said. '-•. iJuh'e Scott sealed the match for theCardinal (30-1) with a rousing 6-7, (5-7),7-5^ 6-2 victory over Stephanie Nickitasat No. 5 singles.The national title was the ninth forStanford since the NCAA .^tena. went into its present format $9982.Murphy's Law hits Amsterdam on late bombThe Associated PressEDINBURGH, Scotland — Yo Mur-phy caught a 50-yard pass from DaveBarr witji just under two minutes re-maining to give the defending championScottish Claymores a 10^6 victory Sun-day over Amsterdam in a ifrorld Leagueof American FootballPRO FOOTBALL••••! field goal was set up after the Clay-mores'Jamie Fields recovered a fumble.The Admirals tied the game 3-3 earlyin the second quarter on a 32-yard fieldgoal by Oliver Quass. ,The Claymores took the After a scoreless third quafter, Quasslead early, going up 3-0 put the Admirals ahead 6-3 on a 34-yardon a 22-yard field goal field goal; setting the stage for Miirphy'sby Finnish kicker Kari Gronross. The winning catch. . . f,Claymores 10Admirals 6The Associated Press \FOXBORO, Mass. ~- Ben troha's goalin the fifth round .of a Shootout gave theDC United a 1-0 Major League Soccervictory over the New England Revolu-tion on Sunday.Iroha's goal was the Un-ited's fourth of the tie-breaker. Mike Burnshad the Revolution's final chance andbeat goalkeeper Jeff Causey but sent hisshot off the1 left post. '___ Both teams hadample scoringchances hi regula-tion time; New En-glarid (5-4)showed few signsof fatigue aftertheir Friday night victory in San Jose,and dominated play throughout the firsthalf. /EAST RUTHERFORD,NJ. — Atony De Avilaended New York-NewJersey's 361-minute scoreless streak,and the MetroStars snapped a two-gamelosing string witfcua 1-0 victory Sundayover the Kansas City Wizards. •*De Avila's IStk-minute goal ended athree-game skid and 451 minutes ofgoalless play for the MetroStars.DALLAS —- Mexicanstar Damian Alvarezscored one goal and as-sisted on another in his debut, leadingthe Dallas Burn to a 2-0 victory Satur-day night over the Tampa Bay Mutiny.Alvarez threaded a pass through thelegs of a defender to set up Dante Wash-ington for an open shot mat beat goal-keeper Mark Dougherty in the 25th min-ute. V ' . '• ; " .-.• : •;' •''•' ".-.• .DENVER — ShaunBartlett scored in thefifth Shootout round togive the Colorado Rapids a 2-1 victoryover the Columbus Crew Saturday nightAbout 10,000 fans watched the Rapidsprevail in the tiebreaker.SAN JOSE, Calif.—Joe-Max Moore, Imad Babaand Eric Imler allscored as the New Englaija^Kevolutionwent 3-for-3oin a tiebreaker Shootout to°defeat the San Jose Clash 2-1 Fridaynight.The Clash (4-5) missed all threeShootout attempts. iAH types - Modular, Conference,Executive & QuartersclashJapan toll-free tel: 003-^13-230fax:003-1114-485Tokyo Office tel: 03-5570-1725USA tel: 202-338-4009USA fax: 202-338-4138USA Worldwide Toll-Free Tel:AT&T Access # +1-800-257-6682We Make it Easy To Save - Call ffie USA Direct at 404-5BS-9180AMERICAN FONEN F T W O k KT H EU S ISAVE UD to 70co on every phone ca73 $/K6rea Or call any of these4»
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