The Hays Daily News from Hays, Kansas on June 28, 2006 · Page 13
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Hays, Kansas
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Wednesday, June 28, 2006
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WEDNESDAY,. JUNE 28,2006 SPORTS THE HAYS DAILY NEWS B3 Williams, Mauresmo, Sharapova cruise at Wimbledon DRAFT: Chicago in the two hole Andre Agassi wins first match of appearance WIMBLEDON, England (AP) — The top women were in a big hurry at Wimbledon earlier today. Defending champion Venus Williams, former winner Maria Sharapova and top-seeded Amelie Mauresmo all swept their first-round matches in less than an hour — losing only three games among them. Williams crushed 103rd-ranked American Bethanie Mattek 6-1, 6-0, in 51 minutes on Centre Court; Sharapova took the same amount of tune to dispatch Anna Smashnova, 6-2, 6-0, and Mauresmo beat Croatian qualifier Ivana Abramovic 6-0,6-0, in 39 minutes. As defending champion, Williams normally would have opened play on Centre Court on Tuesday, but the match was pushed back because of the rain delays that washed out most of Monday's action. She wasted no time today, overwhelming the 21-year-old Mattek with power, pace and swinging volleys — 26 winners in all — and few sloppy errors. Williams, Wimbledon champion in 2000,2001 and 2005, faced only one break point — which she saved with an ace in the second game of the second set. From there, she won the last 11 points on her serve. Mattek, making her main draw debut at Wimbledon, had only three winners. The match featured some unusual fashion displays: Williams sported a stick-on tattoo below the front of her right shoulder, while Mattek wore knee-high socks, shorts, halter top and tube top. Sharapova unleashed 27 winners against Smashnova, handing the 42nd-ranked Israeli her sixth straight first- round loss at the All England Club. Mauresmo lost only 17 points against the 192nd-ranked Abramovic, who was playing in her first Grand Slam match. ANJA NIEDRINGHAUS / Associated Press France's Amelie Mauresmo returns a shot from Ivana Abramovic of Croatia In their women's singles, first- round match earlier today at Wimbledon. Mauresmo, a semifinalist at Wimbledon the last three years, dropped only four points on her own serve and held at love in five of six service games. The 22-year-old Abramovic committed 13 unforced errors, including four double faults. "It's one of the greatest matches that I've played here," Mauresmo said. "I don't know if also the fact that my opponent was not so good made it easy for me. I am very satisfied about the way I played today, riot letting anything, any point down. And also not to spend too much time on the course is another satisfaction for me." Mauresmo's shot of the match came as she closed out the first set with a soft forehand half-volley lob that floated over Abramovic's head for a winner. Martina Hingis, Kim Clysters and Justine Henin- Hardenne — who all won in straight sets Tuesday — were also scheduled for second-round matches. On the men's side, three-time defending champion Roger Federer was due up late in the day against Britain's Tim Henman. Two-time runner-up Andy Roddick and 2002 champion Lleyton Hewitt never got on court Tuesday, and were due back to face Janko Tipsarevic and Filippo Volandri, respectively. Andre Agassi, meanwhile, is trying not to let emotions get the better of him during his 14th and final Wimbledon. "I don't need this championship to give me any more than it's given me," the 36-year-old former champion said after a four-set opening round victory on Centre Court. "It's already given me so much." Agassi won the first of his eight Grand Slam titles at Wimbledon in 1992, surprising the established grass-court order by beating the serve-and-volleyers with his baseline game. Troubled by chronic back problems, Agassi announced last weekend that he will retire from tennis after the U.S. Open in September. Always a crowd favorite at the All England Club, he drew an even longer and louder ovation than usual before and after Tuesday's 2-6,6-2,64,6-3 win over Boris Pashanski. In a normal year, the first-round victory would barely have caused a ripple. However, this one took on special meaning for Agassi and the fans. "You expect to be overwhelmed with the whole situation anyhow, regardless of just how warmly you're embraced," he said. "But then to feel that sort of support, it just meant the world to me. I just wanted to do 'em proud. So I got a little nervous about trying too hard early, overhit a lot. Took me a while to settle down." Agassi appeared to have some trouble with his back late in the fourth set, but didn't want to talk about his health. Getting through several tough matches on grass won't be easy. "I've had years where I have felt better," he said. "Sort of don't want to harp on any of the negatives. This is a challenge for me in more ways than I probably ever communicate about." Huggins, Self wage first battle — off the hardwood By DAVE SKRETTA ASSOCIATED PRESS OVERLAND PARK — New Kansas State basketball coach Bob Huggins took his first shots at Kansas coach Bill Self on Tuesday, but there wasn't a hoop in sight. Just a whole lot of sand. Huggins teamed with Kansas State alum Jim Colbert in a charity skins game against Self and Tom Watson at Nicklaus Golf Club at LionsGate, where the Champions Tour is playing the Greater Kansas City Golf Classic this weekend. The typically demure Huggins, who drew the loudest ovations while uttering the fewest words, barely registered a smile until Colbert put him in the bunker for the second time in a row at the par-5 sixth hole. Then, as he rifled through his bag looking for a club, he deadpanned, "I can't find any in there I'm comfortable with." I rini^prfa rpply: "Wqpf to nsp , r| TiP of mine?" A gallery that stretched six-deep and halfway down most fairways turned out to see the two coaches, together for the first time since Huggins was introduced as Kansas State's coach on March 23. But both were upstaged by a third pairing of Dana Quigley and Royals Hall of Famer George Brett, who won the first eight holes and $16,000 for their charities. "We're getting our clocks cleaned," Watson said as he walked toward the final hole, where Self won a chip-off by nearly dunking his shot from just off the green to take the final skin. That Huggins even played was commendable. Earlier in the week, he was so pained by a bad back that he called new football coach Ron Prince seeking an emergency replacement. But Prince said he was too busy with the Wildcats' summer football camps to make it, leaving Huggins to grimace and limp around the golf course. "He should be at a chiropractor," Colbert -.said,J)efore admitting he didn't have any excuses for His own sketchy play. For their parts, Huggins and Self played the roles of amicable buddies. They ban- ALLISON LONG/Associated Press Kansas State basketball coach Bob Huggins, left, takes a ball marker from Kansas coach Bill Self on Tuesday during the Robert's Dairy Skins Game. tered as they walked off the second tee box and shook hands before and after the round. At a news conference before the match, they took (turns one-upping each. . other with praise. "His job is to win games. My job is to win games," Self said. "His hiring has cre- ated a lot of interest and rightly so. There'll definitely be some added interest." Self said Huggins will spice up a rivalry that has had little zest for more than a decade. Kansas State hasn't beaten the Jay- hawks in Manhattan since Bramlage Coliseum opened in 1988, and until a 59-55 upset in Lawrence in January, had lost 31 straight in the series. "You have to win once in a while before it's a rivalry," said Huggins. "We've kind of struggled to do that. When I went to Cincinnati, they talked about the Louisville rivalry There wasn't a rivalry. They won all of them. "Maybe to win one at home would be nice — that may start a.rivalry. You gotta play for something." Huggins said he caught plenty of Kansas basketball games on TV in his year out of coaching, and with a straight face, said he knows more about Self's Jayhawks . than his own team. • He has only had two workouts with the squad he inherited, and what little he has seen left him skeptical. CONTINUED FROM PAGE B1 Not exactly No. 1 pick material — adding to the confusion. "Usually at this point you'd have a definitive 1-2-3 where, in some order, these three guys will be gone," said Kevin McHale, Minnesota Timberwolves vice president of basketball operations. "The guys they are talking about being No. 1 easily could be there at No. 6. It Is very muddled." Chicago follows Toronto with the pick it acquired from New York in the trade for Eddy Curry, then Charlotte goes third with its first selection since Michael Jordan came aboard. Portland, Atlanta, Minnesota and Boston are next, and Houston, Golden State and Seattle round out the top 10. The Bulls also pick 16th, joining the Trail Blazers, Nets, Suns and Knicks with two picks in the first round. Isiah Thomas will select 20th and 29th for New York, two days after he was warned by Madison Square Garden chairman James Dolan that he has one year to show progress or lose his job now that he has added the coaching responsibilities. GAMMONS: Writer an award winner CONTINUED FROM PAGE B1 More recently, Gammons has dabbled in music and next week is scheduled to release his first CD, "Never Slow Down, Never Grow Old." The proceeds are designated for the foundation established by Red Sox general manager Theo Epstein, who appears on the album along with several ballplayers and professional musicians. "He and his wife know our thoughts are with them," Epstein said Tuesday. "We're hoping for good news." Gammons was honored with the 2004 J.G. Taylor Spink Award for outstanding baseball writing by the Baseball Writers Association of America. LOOK MOM, WE'RE FREE. KIDS AGE 17 AND UNDER ARE FREE WITH A TICKETED ADULT The 2006 U.S. Senior Open is major fun for the whole family. Bring your children to see these and other golf legends like Hale Irwin, Tom Kite, Fred Funk and more as they compete for our national championship. 2006 U.S. SENIOR OPEN * JULY 3-9, 2006 . 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