Henin rallies for three-set win
Third-seeded Justine Henin of Belgium rallied from a one-set, 3-4 deficit to beat Maja Matevzic, 5-7, 6-4, 6-4 Friday in the second round of the Pacific Life Open in Indian Wells, Calif.
Henin, ranked No. 7 on the WTA Tour, played inconsistently against the left-hander from Slovenia, hitting 47 winners but making 59 unforced errors. Henin also had nine double faults.
Matevzic, No. 73 in the world, was equally inconsistent, offsetting 27 winners with 43 unforced errors.
Matevzic was unable to capitalize on several opportunities to take control of the match. She was up 15-40 on Henin's serve in the sixth game of the second set, but couldn't get the service break that would have given her a 4-2 lead.
In other matches, No. 7 seed Silvia Farina Elia of Italy struggled to a 6-4, 3-6, 6-4 win over Evie Dominikovic of Australia, and No. 8 seed Elena Dementieva of Russia eliminated Amy Frazier 6-3, 1-6, 6-3. The only upset was turned in by Cara Black of Zimbabwe, who beat 23rd-seeded Cristina Torrens Valero of Spain 6-4, 6-1.
The top-seeded Agassi handled upset specialist Juan Ignacio Chela 7-5, 6-7 (5), 6-1 Friday to move into the semifinals of the Franklin Templeton Tennis Classic.
Agassi persevered through the 2-hour, 26-minute match less than a day after Wayne Ferreira eliminated Sampras, who was seeded third, in straight sets.
No. 7 Xavier Malisse, who beat Ferreira 7-5, 6-2 later Friday, stands between Agassi and his second straight final.
Juan Balcells beat Noam Okun 6-4, 4-6, 6-3 to move into the semis against the winner of the Rainer Schuettler-Carlos Moya match.
Track & Field
Alabama, LSU in hunt for title
Miguel Pate's 27-4 1/2 in the long jump was far short of the Alabama athlete's world best, but plenty good enough to win the event in the NCAA Indoor track meet on Friday.
Pate, who did 28-2 1/4 a week ago in New York, jumped 27-0 1/2 on his first try and was never threatened. He widened his lead with his second jump and fouled on all three of his jumps in the finals, his head dropping toward the sand pit on his last try.
His victory was a must for Alabama, one of a couple of Southeastern Conference teams with a legitimate shot at the national title. He is in the triple jump today and has the second-best qualifying mark. Alabama also expects points from David Kimani, who won the 3000 meters and the 5000 last year, and is entered in the mile and the 3000.
A moment after Pate's first jump, teammate Ron Bramlett settled into the blocks for the preliminaries in the 60-meter hurdles. Out fast, Bramlett won with a couple of yards to spare in 7.55, just off the NCAA record of 7.52.
Two weeks ago, Florida's Candace Scott said she considered the SEC meet a mid-term exam and the NCAA competition a semester-ending final. After throwing 75-7 1/2 in the 20-pound weight throw, Scott gave herself an A-plus.
Shortly after Jamine Moton of Clemson broke Scott's collegiate record in the event. Moton wound up with the meet record and Scott got the trophy.
Both meet favorites Tennessee and LSU got through the preliminaries in good shape.
South Carolina pros nominate golfer
David Usry, head golf professional at North Augusta Country Club, was recently nominated for the Junior Golf Leader Award by his fellow Carolinas Section professionals.
The award is designed to recognize a PGA professional who is a leader in junior golf and reflects the qualities and ideals along with providing opportunities and experiences for juniors to learn and play golf.
France's Dechy upsets Clijsters
Julie Dechy of France beat top-seeded Belgian Kim Clijsters 6-2, 7-5 Friday in the second round of the Pacific Life Open in Indian Wells, Calif.
Clijsters, a career-high No. 3 in the WTA Tour rankings and finalist at last year's tournament, hadn't played since sustaining a stress fracture to her upper right arm at the Australian Open in January.
Third-seeded Justine Henin of Belgium rallied from a one-set, 3-4 deficit to beat Maja Matevzic 5-7, 6-4, 6-4, in her second round match.
Seventh-seeded Silvia Farina Elia and No. 8 Elena Dementieva also advanced.College baseball Gamecocks