Originally created 08/16/98

Overtime: Rafter in final of ATP event; Hingis wins



U.S. Open champion Patrick Rafter advanced to a final for the second straight week with a 7-5, 6-0 victory over Yevgeny Kafelnikov on Saturday in the $2.45 million ATP Championship in Mason, Ohio.

He will play for the title Sunday against the winner of Saturday night's semifinal between top-seeded Pete Sampras and Magnus Larsson.

--A red-faced Martina Hingis huffed and puffed chasing down Arantxa Sanchez Vicario's shots in a hard-fought 6-4, 6-4 semifinal victory Saturday in the Acura Classic.

Hingis blew a 3-0 lead in the first set, then fought back from a 1-3 deficit in the second. The Swiss teen-ager broke Sanchez Vicario twice in winning the match's final three games.

No. 2 seed Lindsay Davenport, seeking her third finals berth in as many weeks, faced fourth-seeded Monica Seles in the night match. The final is Sunday at Manhattan Country Club in Manhattan Beach, Calif.

--Argentina's Mariano Puerta made it to the first final of his career with a surprise 6-2, 3-6, 6-3 victory Saturday over Australian Richard Fromberg, the No. 2 seed in the $300,000 San Marino International tennis tournament.

Puerta, 19, will go up in the final Sunday against Domnik Hrbaty of Slovakia. The third-seeded Hrbaty, who beat the top-seeded home crowd favorite, Andrea Gaudenzi, on Friday night, beat Carlo Costa of Spain 6-0, 4-6, 7-6 (8-6) on Saturday.

BOWLING: Pete Couture won the PBA's ABC Senior Masters on Saturday, beating Ron Garr 234-213 in the championship match in Akron, Ohio.

Garr won the four-man shootout round to advance to the championship game. Garr rolled a 233 for a five-pin victory over defending champion Gary Dickinson. Mike Berlin followed at 219, and Glenn Allison had a 203 total.

BASKETBALL: Chris Webber of the Sacramento Kings was fined $500 for carrying a small amount of marijuana that was detected by dogs at the airport, customs officials in San Juan, Puerto Rico said Saturday.

Webber had 11 grams of marijuana in his luggage when he was detained during his layover in San Juan. He then resumed his trip from the Dominican Republic to Barbados.

Webber was traveling with Jerry Stackhouse of the Detroit Pistons and other athletes on a trip sponsored by the sporting goods company Fila.

This is the latest in a series of legal problems for Webber, who was traded in May from the Washington Wizards to Sacramento. The trade was prompted in part by his off-court turmoil.

FOOTBALL: A University of Oregon football player has been charged with threatening to bring a bomb into a state office because a clerk refused to void his parking fines.

Davis Michael Sanchez, 24, was arraigned Friday in Lane County Circuit Court on two counts of attempted coercion. He was released from jail after posting $1,500 bail.

Sanchez claimed it was all a joke, but Oregon football coach Mike Bellotti said the senior had been suspended from the team indefinitely because of a violation of team rules.

RUNNING: In a rare finish to a race, first-place finisher Tisfye Bekegir of Ethiopia was disqualified for pushing and shoving spectators during the New York Road Runners Club Manhattan Half-Marathon Saturday in Central Park.

As a result, Jerod Neas of Princeton, N.J., the first U.S. finisher in the New York City Marathon last November, was declared the winner of the 13.1-mile race. Neas, who finished 300 yards ahead of Kidane Gebremichael of the Westchester Track Club, was timed in 1 hour, 7 minutes, 40 seconds.



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