After losing his opening match to Lleyton Hewitt 7-5, 6-0 Tuesday, and with his game looking sharper, Pete Sampras bounced back Wednesday to beat Alex Corretja 7-6 (2), 7-5 and remain in contention for the Masters Cup title.
Sampras has won this season-ending tournament five times, a record he shares with Ivan Lendl.
Marat Safin took another step toward wrapping up the No. 1 spot for the year by beating Hewitt 6-4, 6-4.
Yevgeny Kafelnikov rallied past Magnus Norman 4-6, 7-5, 6-1 in his opening match in the $3.7 million tournament for the world's top eight players.
Furman University running back Louis Ivory and Will Bouton were named Southern Conference Sports Media Association Offensive and Defensive players of the year, respectively as announced Wednesday. A total of 11 Paladins were named to the All-Southern Conference team.
Georgia Southern's Adrian Peterson was selected to the offensive first team for the third time in his career while teammates Freddy Pesqueira, Nate Gates and Lavar Rainey were named to the defensive first team. Jason Neese was also named to the defensive second team.
The SCSMA also awarded Mike Ayers of Wofford coach of the year, and Lamont Seward of Western Carolina freshman of the year.
One of the more predictable outcomes of the Atlantic Coast Conference football season became reality when North Carolina State's Philip Rivers was named the league's rookie of the year by The Associated Press.
The 6-foot-5, 223-pound Wolfpack quarterback threw for 397 yards and three touchdowns in his first collegiate game Sept. 2 against Arkansas State and proceeded to win the ACC rookie of the week award a record eight times.
Rivers was a near unanimous winner of the rookie of the year award, getting 65 of a possible 70 votes cast by members of the Atlantic Coast Sports Writers Association.
Georgia Tech linebacker Daryl Smith was second with three votes, while Duke linebacker Ryan Fowler and Florida State defensive lineman Darnell Dockett received one vote each.
Juan Gonzalez has completed his medical examination, but the Detroit Tigers won't say what the results were.
Gonzalez, who played for the Tigers last season and then became a free agent, canceled two previous appointments, saying he needed to be with his young daughter, who has a serious spleen disorder.
The two-time American League MVP missed 47 games during his first year with Detroit, and sat out the final 1« weeks of the season with a herniated disk.
Mike Hampton, one of the top free-agent pitchers, hopes to pare down his list of suitors and begin negotiating a contract by the end of this week.
Hampton's agent, Mark Rodgers has met with Colorado and Texas earlier this week, wouldn't say who the finalists will be. But Atlanta, St. Louis, the Cubs and the Mets are likely the favorites for Hampton.
Hampton , a 28-year-old left-hander, joins Baltimore's Mike Mussina as the top pitchers available this offseason. He is believed to be looking for a six- to eight-year contract at $13 million to $15 million per year.
Todd Barranger, attempting to regain his PGA Tour card after a long battle with testicular cancer, shot a 10-under-par 62 to take the first-round lead in the qualifying tournament.
Barranger had two eagles in a four-hole stretch and added six birdies on PGA West's Jack Nicklaus Private Course to take a one-stroke lead over Tommy Tolles in the 108-hole event.
Tolles, a four-time runner-up in six seasons on the PGA Tour, shot a 63 on the Jack Nicklaus Tournament Course. Canada's Ben Ferguson opened with 64 on the Private Course, and New Zealand's Frank Nobilo topped an eight-player group at 65.
Sweden's Per-Ulrik Johansson, a five-time winner on the PGA European Tour, opened with a 69. Casey Martin, trying to regain his card after finishing 179th on the money list, shot a 71. Brian Watts, the 1998 British Open runner-up, had a 74.
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