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Monday, march 30, i998 f The Palm Beach Post c SECTION C INSIDE PANTHERS Panthers make it three in a row Goalie John VanbiesbroucK (left) wins for the first time in 1 1 starts with a shutout of Chicago. PAGE 9C l Major accomplishment for Hurst Pat Hurst wins LPGA's first major of the year, then takes a dip. PAGE 7C SPORTS , , i -I , Whitbread reaches Florida early (Strong northeasterly winds push the sleek jsail boats into port. PAGE 3C 39-0: Lady Vols perfect Words can sometimes put us worlds apart Tonight's game WHO: Kentucky vs Utah, 9:18 p.m. SAN ANTONIO This is a column about racial harmony and disharmony at college basketball's Final Four. It will include a word you know what it is that is horribly offensive. The glimpses are of relationships TV-WPEC-12, ffi LINE: Kentucky by 3 Tennessee wins its third straight NCAA women's basketball title with an " easy 93-75 victory against Louisiana Tech. By Cheryl Rosenberg Palm Beach Post Staff Writer KANSAS CITY, Mo. They are, quite simply, the best women's basketball team. Ever. The University of Tennessee Volunteers proved that by smothering Louisiana Tech in a 93-75 victory ' in the NCAA Championship on Sunday at Kemper Arena. By the time the Techsters could take a breath, Tennessee was al-; ready well on its way to its unprecedented third consecutive title and sixth in the school's history. It finished the season 39-0, the first team ; to complete a perfect season since I Connecticut in 1995. ; "There really wasn't an answer ; for this team," Louisiana Tech coach Leon Barmore said. "We got beat by "the best basketball team I've ever seen. The question of the Vols' place in history started almost at the beginning of the season. Last year's team lost 10 games before it came together to win the national championship. But this season's team had the addition of freshmen Semeka Randall and Tamika Catchings. Junior All America Chamique Holdsclaw suddenly didn't have to take all the scoring responsibility, and her game got even better. So did Tennessee's. Before a national television audience and 17,976 fans a record for a women's final, the Vols put on a dominating display of basketball. Their explosive offense, led by Holdsclaw, was too much to defend. And she wasn't afraid to pass the ball, either, handing out six assists. The game was basically over in about 10 minutes as Tennessee outhustled, outscored and outde-fended the Techsters. "We saw a game-plan going to work," Holdsclaw said. Please see TENNESSEE4C and animosities. They are sad and happy, wicked and wonderful, evil and joyous. They are us. They are what we can ' . rv ' L HH1M Greg Stoda INSIDE: The Utes have been derailed by Kentucky before - but this time it's for the title. Page 4C Tubby Smith is the head coach at the University of Kentucky, which is steeped in basketball excellence and tradition and the bigotry of legendary head coach Adolph Rupp. Smith is black. Jeff Sheppard is a senior guard and Smith's star player. Sheppard is white. He is from Peachtree City, Ga. Rick Majerus is the head coach at the University of Utah. He is white. Please see ST0DA5C be and what, unfortunately, we too often are. Introductions are in order: Britton Johnsen is a freshman reserve forward for Utah. He is white. Makhtar Ndiaye is a senior center for North Carolina. He is from Senegal. He is black. THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Tennessee coach Pat Summitt hugs Chamique Holdsclaw after the Lady Vols defeated Louisiana Tech to win the NCAA women's championship. m, t m ddudd Chilean sends flag-waving fans into jubilation by beating Andre Agassi, claiming top ranking. l"l WPM" -"I- " 1I.WP'JIIHP1IMIM " III mi ' i . " J rf!. By Elizabeth Clarke Palm Beach Post Staff Writer KEY BISCAYNE Tickets sold out Friday. The signs, flags and T-shirts came out in strength early Sunday morning. And by the time Marcelo Rios took the court just after noon, stadium court was bouncing with the chants and songs of thousands of transplanted, visiting and bandwagon Chileans. Rios obliged his raving fans by becoming No. 1 in the world and winning his first major title, defeating former No. 1 and American favorite Andre Agassi 7-5, 6-3, 6-4 in the final of the Lipton Championships beneath the din their patriotic screaming. Many cheered both players' good shots. Others just repeated the Spanish chants over and over between points and games while waving the small cloth U.S. and Chilean flags the tournament handed out to all ticketed fans at the Tennis Center at Key Biscayne. "Chi- . . . -le. Chi-Chi-Chi, -le-le-le. Viva Chile." Rios' win validated the signs, including "Go Chile. Bye Sampras" and "Rios No. 1," that fans had made in preparation for the match. It likely was one of the louder finals Lipton has had. It is the first time a South American man has won the Lipton and the first time a South American has become No. 1 in the world. "Right now, in my country I think everybody's in the street, driving their cars, honking the horns, waving the flags," said Osvaldo Herrera, who moved to Kendall from Santiago five years ago. "This is great for my country." When he said that, Herrera, 30, was waiting with about 200 people for Rios to come out and autograph their Chilean soccer shirts, Chilean flag hats or Chilean flags. He obviously knows his country well, because reports from Santiago said that fans already had taken to the streets celebrating as if Rios had won the World Cup. "In my country, they were stopping every- ALLEN EYESTONEStaff Photographer With the crowd chanting as if it were Davis Cup, Marcelo Rios fought off Andre Agassi's bid for a first-set tiebreaker, and cruised through the next two sets. thing at noon and people were taking the TVs to the job," he said about Rios earlier-round matches. "The bosses said OK, stop and watch the match. Then go back to work." Rios didn't seem to share in the fans' pure nationalistic ecstasy, however. When Agassi hit a backhand long on Rios' first match point, Rios whirled around and threw his racket about 10 rows up into the. , stands. A few minutes later, he hugged his dad, then his girlfriend when they ran down onto ; the court. "Winning like this and beating Agassi in the' final, the former No. 1, 1 can't ask for more," Rios said. "I played a great match, and I don't ' know, that's the way it is." But while Herrera, his wife and other fans ' waited, Rios snuck into a black Mercedes. He , didn't sign any autographs there, like he hadn't signed any while walking off the court with his eighth career title. Please see UPI0H10C the associated press vlarcelo Rios became the first South American to win the Lipton title and the first to be ranked No. I in the world. Free fall at TPC: Leaders tpc finish Heat clinch Atlantic title stumble, Leonard surges WINNER Justin Leonard OTHERS Tom Lehman Glen Day Mark Calcavecchia Nick Price Phil Mickelson Lee Janzen John Daly Nick Faldo Tom Kite Jesper Pamevik Tiger Woods Fred Couples 67- 278 68- 280 71- 280 69- 281 70- 283 71- 283 79-285 69-286 73-287 72- 288 72- 288 72-290 78-291 htAT VS. CttT more than half empty at the end. And the accomplishment was never announced. Can it be that winning has become routine for the Heat? "Our number one goal is to win the championship and we won't be happy until that happens," Dan Majcrle said. "We're not happy with just winning the Atlantic Division title." Said Alonzo Mourning: "To be honest, I'm not sitting here with the feeling that today we won the Atlantic Division title. I don't feel that way." Heat coach Pat Riley, when asked if the Heat will raise a banner, said: "Do we have one up there now?" PUase ste HEATSC Euphoria of a year ago missing in 109-77 clincher over Rockets. By Tom D'Angelo Palm beoi h Post Staff Writer MIAMI This is how far the Miami Heat have come since the days when reaching .500 was cause for celebration. Miami's 109-77 victory over the Houston Rockets on Sunday clinched the Atlantic Division title, its second in history and second consecutive. Unlike last season, when Miami Arena atmosphere was electric as Heat fans watched the final seconds of a Knicks loss on the big-screens that assured the division title, Sunday the building was ard's winning score of 10-undcr 278 was made easier when third-round leader Lee Janzen shot a 79. It was a performance reminiscent of Leonard's back-nine charge to win last year's British Open at Troon. In both tournaments Leonard started the final round trailing by five shots, only to take charge with a red-hot putter and a cool head with every other aspect of his game. "1 have been in this position a couple of times and been able to play well on Sunday and win a tournament," Leonard said. "Having success in similar situations, 1 knew the tournament llsast set TPCAC ly Craig DokJi jlm Beach Post Staff Writer PONTE VEDRA BEACH ustin Leonard said he didn't ave; a premonition Sunday -hen he wandered into the hampions' locker room before ie final round of The Players Championship. "I just needed to use a phone nd it was the closest one avail-Lle.r he said. . Next time he enters that yarn, he'll have a locker with his ame over it. Leonard continued to stamp imsclf as one of the game's top jung stars Sunday with a bnl-nt five-undcr 67 to win The Iaers by two shots over Tom etiman and Glen Day. Leon TUESDAY'S GAME: 7:30 p.m. at Miami Arena. TV: Sunshine. IN DEMAND: Hardaway may be playing this summer in the World Championships 8C MISFIRE: Pacers' 55 points set NBA futility record 8C LEE IAKZEN starts the final round with a three-shot lead, but finishes in 1 3th place after shooting a 79 on Sunday. Page 6C LEN MATTWCE takes himself out of contention rth a quintuple-bogey on the par-3 No. 1 7. but he's not complaining. Page 6C

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