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- V V - v "V '" FRIDAY, MARCH 27, 1998 The Palm Beach Post SECTION C INSIDE GOLF SPORTS 1 Fusion get a win in shootout Miami gets its first MLS with a 1-0 overtime win against Tampa Bay. PAGE 2C Marlins make final roster cuts The seven-man bullpen has a combined 217 major-league innings. PAGE 13C Day leads TPC; Norman withdraws Glen Day (left) eagles the 18th hole for a 66 and a one-shot lead; Greg Norman (sore shoulder) pulls out. PAGE 8C Finally! Panthers! end skid 3: ; !!! !!:! !JI I with win? ',1 f "h. """"" . w W i Florida, behind two Billl Lindsay goals, snaps a franchise-record 13- game losing streak witp a 5-4 defeat of Montreal. j By Brian Biggane Palm Beach Post Staff Writer $ MIAMI The Florida Ptfr thers have saved themselves from infamy. Playing with a determinatio and spirit that had been so notic; ably lacking of late, the Panthers, rallied from behind twice and selt their fans home smiling for tlfe first time in 54 days with a 5$i victory over Montreal on Thufl day night at Miami Arena. "It's been an unbelievably string," said center Dave Gagnefr! whose goal with 7:10 remaining brought the Panthers from behind for the second and final time. did feel good tonight." - X it 4 SATURDAY'S GAME: Panther; at Bruins, 3 p.m. I TV: WFLX-29, WSVN-7. j INSIDE: New goaltender Kir McLean is no stranger to 5 struggling franchise. 14C franchise-record losing streak at 13, tying them with Tampa Bay fJr the longest drought of the season but coming up four short of the NHL record for futility. I The win, Florida's first since Jan. 31, also snapped a 15-ganie winless streak (0-14-1) that included a six-game home winles streak. f Goaltender Kirk McLean, acquired in a trade just two dajfe before, got the win in his firgt Panthers start as he turned back 24-of-28 shots. I But the hero was Bill Lindsaj, the author of the biggest goal t franchise history in the playoff 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 1 : h fefc flstafW toaflaof two years against Boston. Lindsaf, who hadn't scored since Jan. , Venus defeats No. 1 to reach Lipton final scored twice, including the gam-winner on a bad-angle shot wilji 5:27 to play. "We finally got the goals vwb '1 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 have to get from him," coach Br-an Murrav said. "We have a cmori ! 1 checking line that's very responsible, but he also shot the puck anil shot it quickly." t LIPTON CHUIPIONSIIIPS 0 The deciding goal came aftar Kirk Muller stripped Montreal d- fenseman Vladimir Malakhov 6 Lipton Championships after barely getting past Serena in a the puck deep in the CanadienJ' zone. The puck slid to Lindsaj, who fired a quick shot through ? quarterfinal tiebreaker two days J -s? F, V I before. t I C . .1 iU Andy Moog's pads. J "Kirk made a great plavi' Lindsay said. "I just turned anil ft 3 TV: 1 p.m., ESPN; 12:30 a.m., ESPN2 (taped) 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 UPTONPC whacked it, and I don't think Andy was ready." J 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. The sellout crowd of 14,703 Dave George held its breath every time thfc visitors touched the puck in the remaining minutes, and the Paii l L thers' challenge got that mucli tougher when referee Terry Greji i - i - -i ii . f 1 1 son wnisuea KODerc svenia t "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 Florida crowd." Venus wins fans long before she wins matches. Please see CE0RGESC interference with 3:14 to play. But Montreal, which had on Martina Hingis was frustrated by a worthy opponent in her semifinal loss. 'She got smarter,' Hingis said about Venus Williams' progress since their last matchup. Hingis is 19-3 for the year. one shot in the final 13:21 and wajs outshot 9-4 in the last period, unable to get the equalizer. Please see PANTHERS7 4: Tennessee's Summitt demands, deserves the very best ! : pionazs - - ! t especially her father, Richard Head. She grew up on a farm in Clarks-ville, Tenn., 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 'Please see SUMMIT 4C Pat Summitt's drive and intensity is legendary at Tennessee, where she's won five national titles. By Cheryl Rosenberg Palm Beach Post Staff Writer 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 tall, slender coach worked the sideline, her intensity and complete immersion in the game. Here was somebody who loved the 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. iwtMi: Louisiana Tech vs. N.C. State, 7 p.m.; Arkansas vs. Tennessee. 9 , p.m. TV: ESPN THE ASSOCIATED ppcss Tennessee coach Pat Summitt has won five national titles with the Lady Vols and is making her 1 1th tnp to tr Final Four. ,

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