Mamadou Diallo needed about six minutes to prove he clearly did belong at the MLS All-Star game.
Snubbed as a starter in fan voting, Tampa Bay's Diallo earned MVP honors Saturday by scoring two goals and adding an assist as the East beat the West 9-4 in Columbus, Ohio.
Diallo, the league's leading scorer, entered the game in the second half and sparked the East's outburst of six unanswered goals. Both of his goals and the assist came between the 59th and 65th minutes before a standing-room crowd of 23,495 at Columbus Crew Stadium.
East coach Octavio Zambrano of the MetroStars selected Diallo for the game.
"I feel proud," Diallo said. "But maybe today I showed that the voting system should be changed."
Some MLS players and officials were upset because the league's top three scorers were bypassed in the fan voting.
Diallo's Mutiny teammate, Carlos Valderrama, a former star of Colombia's national team, had four assists in the second half. Valderrama leads the league with 19 assists and received the most All-Star votes.
With top-seeded Yevgeny Kafelnikov eliminated earlier in the day, Alex Corretja and Emilio Alvarez advanced to the finals of the $700,000 Generali Open on Saturday in Kitzbuehel, Austria. Second-seeded Corretja beat Agustin Calleri of Argentina 6-3, 6-7 (3), 6-2 in the semifinals Saturday, while Alvarez stopped No. 10 seed Francisco Clavet 6-3, 7-5.
Sergi Bruguera defeated Diego Nargiso 6-7 (4), 6-1, 6-3 to set up an all-Spanish final in the $350,000 San Marino Open. Today's final will pit Bruguera against Alex Calatrava, who advanced when opponent Andrei Medvedev withdrew with an ankle injury.
John McEnroe outlasted former Georgia Bulldog Mikael Pernfors 6-2, 4-6, 11-9 Saturday to advance to today's finals of the Nuveen Champions tennis tournament in Chicago.
McEnroe needed to win a champions tiebreaker to advance to a meeting with Mats Wilander for the championship. Wilander defeated Mansour Bahrami 6-4, 6-2 in the other semifinal Saturday.
Venus Williams hopes the third time is the charm at the Bank of the West Classic at Stanford, Calif. The second-seeded Williams beat No. 9 seed Anna Kournikova 6-4, 7-5 Saturday to advance to her third consecutive final in the tournament. She's lost the two previous finals to top-seeded Lindsay Davenport, who played No. 4 seed Monica Seles in a later match Saturday.
Al Pedersen, who spent eight seasons in the NHL, is the new coach of the Mississippi Sea Wolves of the East Coast Hockey League.
Pedersen, who previously coached Pensacola in the ECHL, succeeds Marc Potvin, who was hired as coach by Springfield of the AHL on July 12.
Pedersen played 428 NHL games in eight seasons with the Boston Bruins, Minnesota North Stars and Hartford Whalers. He played a total of 10 professional seasons after being Boston's fifth pick (102nd overall) in the 1983 NHL Entry Draft.
Dream Supreme, carrying the colors of New York Yankee owner George Steinbrenner's Kinsman Stable, came from off the pace to register a 1 1/4 -length victory in Saturday's 75th running of the $250,000, Grade I Test Stakes for 3-year-old fillies at Saratoga Springs, N.Y.
The victory came on trainer Billy Mott's 47th birthday, providing more cause for celebration in the Kinsman Stable's camp.
It was Dream Supreme's second victory in four starts this year and fourth in six lifetime trips to the post.
Iron Punch took the lead with an eighth of a mile remaining and drew off to a record-setting, three-length victory Saturday in the $200,000 Philadelphia Park Breeders' Cup Sprint.
The 6-year-old horse, nearly retired due to an injury two years ago, defeated a field of seven while covering six furlongs in 1:07 4-5. That broke the track record of 1:08 set last year by Jove Stone.
Trainer Guadeloupe Preciado said he sent Iron Punch back to owner Ronald Perozzi's Hammonton, N.J., farm in 1998 to recover from a very mild leg fracture. He said he didn't expect to see the horse again at the track.
First, there was a fast workout, and now Iron Punch has won three races of six starts this year.
Divine Luck took control at the top of the stretch and drew off under Rene Douglas to win the $50,000 Roman Brother Stakes by 2 1-4 lengths Saturday at Calder Race Course in Miami.
Megacles was second and Tail Gate third in the race for 3-year-olds.
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