Originally created 10/12/03

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Tennis

Top ranking on line today in Germany

Kim Clijsters and Justine Henin-Hardenne set up a showdown for the No. 1 ranking and the Porsche Grand Prix title with straight-set semifinal wins in Filderstadt, Germany.

The top-ranked Clijsters beat Mary Pierce 7-6 (2), 6-0, while No. 2 Henin-Hardenne eliminated Elena Bovina 6-2, 6-4.

The Belgians will meet in the final today, with the winner assured of leading the WTA Tour rankings. Clijsters replaced Serena Williams at No. 1 in August. Henin-Hardenne never has been on top.

  • In Lyon, France, top-seeded Rainer Schuettler beat doubles partner Mikhail Youzhny 6-3, 3-6, 7-5 to reach the final of the Lyon Open.
  • In Sunday's title match, Schuettler will face Arnaud Clement, who defeated Paradorn Srichaphan 6-2, 6-3.

  • In Vienna, Austria, Wimbledon champion Roger Federer will play 1998 French Open winner Carlos Moya in the final of the CA Trophy after both won semifinals in straight sets.
  • Federer eliminated Max Mirnyi 6-2, 7-6 (2), and Moya got past Tim Henman 7-6 (1), 7-5.

  • In Tashkent, Uzbekistan, third-seeded Saori Obata and fourth-seeded Virginia Ruano Pascual won semifinals and will play for the Tashkent Open title.
  • Obata beat second-seeded Emmanuelle Gagliardi of Switzerland 7-5, 6-3. Ruano Pascual defeated Arantxa Parra of Spain 6-3, 4-6, 7-6 (3) to reach today's final.

    College basketball

    Ex-Baylor coach is under more fire

    Former Baylor coach Dave Bliss encouraged boosters to give money to a Houston summer league basketball program for high school players, which could have influenced recruiting, an internal review committee found.

    The panel began investigating Baylor basketball after the disappearance of player Patrick Dennehy, who was later found murdered. Bliss resigned in August after acknowledging he broke NCAA rules by making payments to Dennehy and another player.

    The panel found Baylor paid teams sponsored by the Houston program and another based in Allen, Texas, to play Baylor in exhibition games. The practice, though not against NCAA rules, creates a financial relationship between the college and an organization that can influence recruiting.

    The panel learned more than a dozen boosters contributed a total of more than $10,000 to the Houston Superstars foundation this year, Underwood said. Three high school players the Superstars count among alumni signed with Baylor while Bliss was the coach.

    Soccer

    Turkey ties England as Beckham misses

    In Istanbul, Turkey, David Beckham missed a penalty kick by about 20 feet in England's 0-0 tie at Turkey, a result that qualifies the visitors for the 2004 European Championship.

    Beckham slipped and shanked the ball over the crossbar in the 37th minute, the first time he failed to convert a penalty for his national team.

    The star midfielder was taunted by Turkey's players, leading to a brawl in the stadium tunnel at halftime.

    Turkey is winless in 10 games against England and never has scored.

    Because of worries about violence in the stands, English fans were barred from the game.

    Cycling

    Swede wins title in a photo finish

    In Hamilton, Ontario, Sweden's Susanne Ljungskog won the elite women's road race in a photo finish at the World Cycling Championships.

    She finished in 3 hours, 16 minutes, 6 seconds. Mirjam Melchers of the Netherlands was second and Nicole Cook of Britain was third, fractions of a second behind the winner in the 10-lap, 77-mile race.