Originally created 10/15/00


It's the No. 1 offense vs. the No. 1 defense for the MLS championship. Throw in a flamboyant world superstar -- one of the most famous athletes outside the United States -- and the math becomes a little fuzzy.

"The one who should be worried is the defender, because I know my potential," said Chicago Fire forward Hristo Stoitchkov. "They're the best defense in the league, but we have the best offense. So the ones that have to be worried are them."

Stoitchkov has conquered America before -- his six goals made him the leading scorer in the 1994 World Cup in the United States. The 34-year-old Bulgarian now has a chance to add to his countless haul of titles and trophies when the Fire plays the Kansas City Wizards in today's MLS Cup at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C.

Stoitchkov was one of the world's best players in the 1990s, scoring 37 goals for the Bulgarian national team and winning titles with such powerhouse clubs as Barcelona and CSKA Sofia.

Age is starting to catch up with him, which is why he's playing in the United States. He's still better than almost anybody in MLS, and his presence helps bring credibility to the league.

Keith Borthwick's penalty kick at the 102:25 mark in sudden death overtime lifted the Augusta State Jaguars over Clayton State, 2-1.

The win improved Augusta State to 12-4 and 3-2 in the Peach Belt Conference. Clayton State dropped to 11-3 and 1-3.

Scott Montgomery scored the Jaguars lone goal at the 6:22 mark in the first off an assist from Borthwick. It was Montgomery's first game in nearly a month after he went down with an injury.

The score remained 1-0 until four minutes left in regulation when Clayton State's Shaun Baddock scored the tying goal sending the game into overtime.

Ryan Robinson, the Jaguars freshman goalkeeper, recorded six saves on the day including key saves during the second half. Augusta State will travel to USC Spartanburg on Oct. 18 for a 7 p.m. match-up.

VOLLEYBALL: USC Aiken Lady Pacers picked up three wins during the 24th Annual Moccasin Invitational in Lakeland, Fla.

The Lady Pacers defeated Rollins, Lenoir-Rhyne and St. Leo with its only loss coming on Saturday against the University of Tampa, 3-0. For the tournament, USC Aiken's Andrea Emmons recorded 60 kills and 46 digs.

Teammate Candice Anderson had 182 assists over the four-match stretch and came within one of tying her career-high with a 51 assist performance against St. Leo.

USC Aiken (19-6, 5-2 PBAC) will host Armstrong Atlantic on Friday before traveling to Jacksonville, Fla. to face the North Florida Ospreys on Saturday.

TENNIS: Martina Hingis and American Lindsay Davenport won their semifinal matches in straight sets Saturday in Zurich, setting up a clash of the world's top two players today in the final of the Swisscom Challenge.

Top-ranked Hingis, trying to win a singles title for the first time on home soil, defeated sixth-seeded American Jennifer Capriati 6-3, 6-2. World No. 2 Davenport, making a comeback from injury, routed Austria's Barbara Schett 6-2, 6-1, leaving her poised to win her third title in Zurich.

In Tokyo, top remaining men's seed Nicholas Lapentti of Ecuador moved past Slovakian Dominik Hrbaty 6-3, 6-4 in semifinal action Saturday at the Japan Open. Twelfth seed Sjeng Schalken of the Netherlands, who will play the fourth-seeded Lapentti for the men's singles title today, outlasted eighth seed Hicham Arazi of Morocco 4-6, 6-3, 7-6 (7) in the other semifinal.

In the women's competition, top seed Julie Halard-Decugis of France overcame Thailand's Tamarine Tanasugarn 7-6 (5), 6-0 to set the stage for a showdown with defending American champion Amy Frazier.


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