The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida on March 27, 1998 · Page 170
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The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida · Page 170

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-9 V f 1 f I,,, . ' .... SECTION C FRIDAY, MARCH 27, 1998 INSIDE Day leads TPC; UPAOt S C X 111 A till 11 JUC4.VA A JL VUL - f " jr . I GOLF SPORTS h Norman withdraws Glen Day (left) eagles the 18th hole for a 66 and a one-shot lead; Greg Norman (sore shoulder) pulls out. Fusion get a win in shootout Miami gets its first MLS win, 1-0 in overtime against Tampa Bay. PAGE 2C Marlins make final roster cuts The seven-man bullpen has a combined 2 1 7 major-league innings. PAGE 1 3C PAGE 8C V - .,,M " " " rr - I T Finally! j Panthers end skid with win man Ml v m f V, Florida, behind two Bilf Lindsay goals, snaps a franchise-record 13- I game losing streak with a 5-4 defeat of f Montreal. j By Brian Biggane I Palm Beach Post Staff Writer J. MIAMI The Florida Panthers have saved themselves frJgi infamy. . :J ;j Playing with a determination and spirit that had been so notice ably lacking of late, the Panthef rallied from behind twice and sent their fans home smiling for the first time in 54 days with a 5-3 victory over Montreal on Thursday night at Miami Arena. . "It's been an unbelievable string," said center Dave Gagnef, whose goal with 7:10 remaining brought the Panthers trom Denup for the second and final time. "It v f : i' ' ". ' ' ' 71 ' a j" ' - i t I did feel good tonight. I Photos by ALLEN EYESTONEStaff Photographer pumped,' Williams said about her missed opportunities in the second set, but she wasn't bothered by Hingis' trip to the bathroom in the third. Venus Williams didn't get anything the easy way in a three-set victory against No. 1 Martina Hingis. 'I was just much too tight and I was much too b pus wo3 Williams defeats No. 1 to reach Lipton final SATURDAY'S GAME: Panthers at Bruins, 3 p.m. TV: WFLX-29, WSVN-7. 5 INSIDE: New goaltender Ki4 McLean is no stranger to h struggling franchise. 14C The victory ended Floridas franchise-record losing streak t 13, tying them with Tampa Bay for the longest drought of the seasoji but coming up four short of tip; NHL record for futility. The win, Florida's first sinije Jan. 31, also snapped a 15-game winless streak (0-14-1) that included a six-game home winlejs streak. I Goaltender Kirk McLean, acquired in a trade just two days before, got the win in his firfct Panthers start as he turned bacjk 24-of-28 shots. But the hero was Bill Lindsay, the author of the biggest goal fci franchise history in the playoffs two years against Boston. Lindsay, who hadn't scored since Jan. f, scored twice, including the game-winner on a bad-angle shot with 5:27 to play. I "We finally got the goals we have to get from him," coach Br-an Murray said. "We have a good checking line that's very responsible, but he also shot the puck and shot it quickly." The deciding goal came after Kirk Muller stripped Montreal d-fenseman Vladimir Malakhov f the puck deep in the Canadieni' zone. The puck slid to Lindsay, who fired a quick shot through Andy Moog's pads. i "Kirk made a great playf Lindsay said. "I just turned and whacked it, and I don't think Andy was ready." The sellout crowd of 14,703 held its breath every time thfc visitors touched the puck in tnje remaining minutes, and the Panthers' challenge got that much tougher when referee Terry Grerf-son whistled Robert Svehla fo-interference with 3:14 to play, t But Montreal, which had only one shot in the final 13:21 and wis outshot 9-4 in the last period, was unable to get the equalizer. Venus right at home across from top players KEY BISCAYNE Serena softened her up and Venus finished the job. Tag-team tennis is something new for Martina Hingis, particularly when the loser, ranked No. 1 in the world, leaves town. . , ,.. "I guess it's pretty difficult to play the Williams family two matches in a row," said Hingis, a three-set loser to Venus on Thursday afternoon at the LIPTON OttMFIONSHIPS Lipton Lnampionsnips aiier barely getting past Serena in a (n h ( J ?) $ j,-" I quarternnai ueoreaKcr iwu uaya L ,i I before. ' 1 Qwppnina thft court of the By Elizabeth Clarke Palm Beach Post Staff Writer KEY BISCAYNE Twenty years in the making, and Venus Williams finally beat the world's top-ranked tennis player. It was the second time she has done it, but the first time the 17-year-old from Palm Beach Gardens beat Martina Hingis in her own time zone, in front of her father and with the control and ability of someone who will do it again. "I am unbelievably happy," said Richard Williams, mastermind of the plan to take his daughters to the top of the tennis world. "I just think (Martina's) legs were a little short to keep up with where Venus was putting the ball." Williams will play Anna Kournikova, who beat Arantxa Sanchez Vicario 3-6, 6-1, 6-3 in Saturday's final. The father, as always, was right Williams hit 37 winners to just 16 from Hingis, 17, in the 6-2, 5-7, 6-2 victory. "If I would be 100 percent, I could do it (hit all my shots)," said Hingis, whose match record this year fell to 19-3. "But I'm not so " Please see UPT0M9C slamming siblings' fallen hair beads between points is pretty difficult. Knocking them both off their pins in a tournament this close to their Palm Beach Gardens home is pretty much impossible. Dave George TV: 1 p.m., ESPN; 12:30 a.m., ESPN2 (taped) INSIDE: Andre Agassi advances to the men's singles semifinals with a "hard hat, lunch pail" defeat of Jeff Tarango. 9C "I'm doing it for you guys more than me," Venus called into a stadium court microphone after Thursday's 6-2, 5-7 6-2 victory against Hingis. "I wouldn t have taken her out if it wasn't for the South Honda crowd. Venus wins fans long before she wins matches. Martina Hineis was frustrated bv a worthy opponent in her semifinal loss. 'She got smarter," Hingis said about Venus Williams' Drofiress since their last matchup. Please see GE0RGESC Hingis is 1 9-3 for the year. Please see PANTHERS. ft' -" 1 " 1 1 1 Tennessee's Summitt demands, deserves the very best I ,T) ' V,. . N erWallv her father. Richard Head. B She grew up on a farm in Clark s-ville, TennM where her first basketball court was a hayloft and her first teammates and opponents family (Summitt has three older brothers). There was no room for softness. She was driving a tractor at 11 and worked in the fields alongside her brothers. When it came time for Summitt to go to high school, her father moved the entire family six miles down the road to Henrietta so Summitt could play at Cheatham County High School in Ashland City. The fact Title IX came into effect the same year Summitt began coaching is heavy with karma. No woman , j 1 ! game even more than Catchings. "That's how I got infatuated with the orange," said Catchings, a freshman who was named to the Kodak All-America team Thursday. "It's more than I thought it would be. At the beginning of the season, I came in and I had never been yelled at before. "My eyes started to water, I didn't know if I could make it. But she says negative things to get you thinking." It didn't take long for Catchings to figure out how NOT to be on the receiving end of one of Summitt's infamous tirades: hard work. For Summitt, anything less is inexcusable. That philosophy was instilled in Summitt many years ago, as much from the switch she'd have to fetch out of the woods as from the desire to prove she. was as tough as anyone. Pat Summitt's drive and intensity is legendary at Tennessee, where she's won five national titles. By Cheryl Rosenberg Palm Beach Post Staff nttr KANSAS CITY. Mo. - Tamika Catchings was in the eighth grade when she first caught sight of "the look," that bone-chilling, icy stare of Tennessee coach Pat Summitt She was watching the Vols play on TV. and instead of being scared or intimidated, something about Summitt drew Catchings in: the way the tail, slender coach worked the sideline, her intensity and complete immersion in the game. ' Here was somebody who loved the ' iwuMi; Louisiana 'Tech vs. N.C. State, f p.m.: Arkansas vs. Tennessee, 9 p.m. TV: ESPN THE ASSOCIATED PRESS has won five .national titles with-1 1 th tnp to the Final Four. Tennessee coach Pat Summitt the Lady Vols and is making her V Please see SUMMIT 4C ? fj; 'Va'Vir'- if. - itAilt i . a .,.. . . 1

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