Originally created 11/05/04



Roddick, Henman upset in third round

In Paris, top-seeded Andy Roddick and defending champion Tim Henman were upset in the third round of the Paris Masters.

Roddick lost 7-6 (2), 6-2 to qualifier Max Mirnyi, while Henman was beaten 7-5, 6-1 by unseeded Mikhail Youzhny.

Roddick lost his composure in a second set riddled with errors and marked by a running feud with umpire Lars Graff. With Mirnyi leading 3-1, Roddick questioned a call and then asked Graff: "Do you play golf?"

The chair umpire said, "No."

Roddick replied: "Good, because if you did, you should use your mulligan on that call."

At the changeover, Roddick continued arguing. He then pointed to a spot at the back of the court with his racket and urged Graff to look.

Youzhny, who recently won his second career title at St. Petersburg, faces a quarterfinal against Radek Stepanek, a 6-2, 6-3 winner over No. 17 Vince Spadea.

In other action, second-seeded Lleyton Hewitt reached the quarterfinals when No. 14 Nicolas Massu quit with a thigh injury while trailing 4-3 in the first set, No. 13 Guillermo Canas beat Tommy Haas 7-6 (4), 6-2, and Feliciano Lopez defeated No. 11 Andrei Pavel 5-7, 6-4, 6-4. Pavel was last year's runner-up.

Hewitt's next opponent is No. 6 Marat Safin, who beat Jurgen Melzer 6-2, 7-5.

  • In Villanova, Pa., defending champion Amelie Mauresmo advanced to the quarterfinals at the Advanta Tennis Championships, defeating Iveta Benesova 6-2, 6-2.
  • Second-seeded Anastasia Myskina struggled but held on to beat Rossana Neffa-De Los Rios 6-4, 7-6 (0). Myskina trailed for much of the first set before rallying to tie at 4 and win.

    For the second straight match, sixth-seeded Vera Zvonareva was pushed to the brink before beating her opponent, Nathalie Dechy, 2-6, 6-3, 6-4.

    Seventh-seeded Nadia Petrova defeated Amy Frazier 6-4, 6-3 and eight-seeded Alicia Molik beat Jelena Jankovic 7-5, 6-3.

    College Basketball

    Lady Pacers tip off season in Orlando

    The USC Aiken women begin the 2004-05 season at 8:30 tonight against No. 4 Henderson State in the Disney Division II Tip-Off Classic in Orlando, Fla.

    The Lady Pacers, 14-14 last season, return three starters. Leading rebounder Benazura Serbecic and forward Lana Mandic shore up the Lady Pacers' frontcourt, while second-leading scorer Kasey Mills is back at shooting guard.

    Mindy Allee will start at point guard after missing the final 23 games last season with an anterior cruciate ligament injury. Senior forward Katie Gebhardt is expected to round out the starting five.

    Henderson State returns four starters off last year's squad that advanced to the Elite Eight.

    College Baseball

    Quarles signs with Mercer University

    Former Aquinas player, Blake Quarles has signed on to pitch for Mercer University in 2005.

    Quarles currently plays for Young Harris College, which won more than 50 games this past season.

    He will receive a 96 percent scholarship from the Macon, Ga. school, which is coached by Craig Gibson.


    Castellani to resign as chief organizer

    In Turin, Italy, the chief organizer of the Turin 2006 Winter Olympics announced that he is resigning amid a power struggle for control of the games.

    Valentino Castellani, head of the organizing committee known as TOROC, said he will submit his resignation at a board meeting on Nov. 24.

    The announcement came in response to the Italian government's nomination in October of Mario Pescante, culture ministry undersecretary and former head of the Italian Olympic Committee, as overall supervisor for the games. That move was confirmed Wednesday in a meeting in Rome.

    "I believe TOROC is closing one era and opening another," Castellani said in a statement.


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