Originally created 07/31/00

Overtime: U.S. women fall to Norway



The United States women's soccer team woke up too late.

Second-half substitute Cindy Parlow scored off a rebound from short range in the last minute as the Americans lost 2-1 to Norway on Sunday night in their final major tuneup for the Sydney Olympics.

Playing before 15,762 fans at Ulleval Stadium, a record turnout for women's soccer in Norway, the Americans had another disappointing outing after tying the Norwegians 1-1 thanks to an own-goal by the hosts Thursday at Tromso, north of the Arctic Circle.

The Americans lost their third match this year to Norway -- the first two also by one goal in Florida in February -- and they go into the Sydney Games with a 2-3-1 record against the co-Olympic favorites.

The two-game series was the first by a U.S. women's team in Norway. The teams met for the first time in Scandinavia in the 1995 World Cup semifinal in neighboring Sweden, Norway edging the Americans 1-0 before eventually winning the final against Germany.

AUTO RACING: Little Cristiano da Matta came up big in his race car Sunday, becoming the fourth first-time winner in CART this season.

The 25-year-old Brazilian driver, who claims to be 5-foot-3 and 130 pounds but appears smaller, took the lead late in Sunday's Target Grand Prix in Cicero, Ill., during a series of pit stops. He was able to stay well ahead of points leader Michael Andretti, who remained in da Matta's mirrors through the final 33 laps on the 1.029-mile Chicago Motor Speedway oval.

Da Matta's Toyota-powered Reynard crossed the finish line 1.69 seconds -- about 20 car-lengths -- ahead of Andretti's Lola-Ford to make him the ninth different winner in 12 races this season.

The victory came in the 51st career start for the 1998 Indy Lights champion.

TENNIS: In a rematch of the Wimbledon final, Venus Williams overpowered Lindsay Davenport to claim the $535,000 Bank of the West Classic 6-1, 6-4 on Sunday.

The top-seeded Davenport, ranked second in the world, had won the past two Bank of the West titles, both against Williams in the final. This time, it was Williams who emerged the winner.

Williams, seeded second and ranked third, now has an unbeaten streak of 11 matches, dating back to her loss to Arantxa Sanchez-Vacario in the quarterfinals the French Open.

John McEnroe defeated Mats Wilander 6-2, 6-4 in the finals of the Nuveen Champions senior tournament in Chicago.

Wilander has lost all four of his matches with McEnroe this year, including a 6-4, 6-4 loss in Friday's round-robin play.

Alex Calatrava defeated fellow Spaniard Sergei Bruguera, 7-6 (7), 1-6, 6-4 on Sunday to win the $350,000 San Marino tournament. It was the first ATP title for Calatrava and another humbling defeat for Bruguera, who fell out of the top 100 after winning the French Open in 1993 and 1994.

Second-seed Alex Corretja won the $700,000 Generali Open in Kitzbuehel, Austria, on Sunday when Emilio Alvarez quit with an injured shoulder in the third set. Corretja, winning his 12th ATP title, was leading 6-3, 6-1, 3-0, when Alvarez retired.

Corretja, who also won tournaments at Indian Wells and Gstaad, Switzerland this season, picked up a winner's check of $120,000.

Michael Chang won his first title since 1998 when Jan-Michael Gambill was forced to retire with knee and ankle sprains in Sunday's Mercedes-Benz Cup final. Chang and Gambill had split the first two sets.

HYDROPLANES: Getting a break when the favored boat broke earlier, Mark Evans drove E-Lam Plus to victory Sunday in the Unlimited Hydroplanes competition on the Columbia River in Kennewick, Wash.