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MONDAY, MARCH 30, 1998 SECTION,"?; INSIDE PANTHERS ' Major accomplishment for Hurst Pat Hurst wins LPGA's first major of the year, then takes a dip. PAGE 7C Whitbread reaches Florida early -Strong northeasterly winds push the sleek sail boats into port. PAGE 3C Panthers make it three in a row "! Goalie John VanbiesbroiicK ; it,lL TVMIO IUI LI mat. limvf in 1 1 starts with a shutout of Chicago PAGE 9C at The Palm Beach Post 9 39-0: Lady Vols perfec Words can sometimes j put us worlds apart ; Tonight's game 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 and animosities. WHO: Kentucky Wildcats (34) vs. Utah Utes (30-3), 9:18 p.m TV: WPEC-12, WFOR -4 p3 i w INSIDE: The Utes have been derailed by Kentucky before - but this time it's for the national title. I s 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 Division I National Championship Sunday at Kemper Arena. By the time the Techsters could take a breath, Tennessee was already well on its way to its unprecen-dented 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 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 Tennesse outh-ustled, outscored and outdefended the Techsters. "We saw a game plan going to work," Holdsclaw said. Please see TENNESSEE4C They are sad and happy, wicked and wonderful, evil and joyous. They are us. They are what we can be and what, unfortunately, Greg Stoda 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. Please see ST0DA5C ' mmmmmmmmmmm 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. mm9 llo QDH Chilean sends flag-waving fans into jubilation" , beating Andre Agassi, claiming No. 1 ranking.5- , 1 .jpiJMl.lj.N ,X JMRg 111, JlgM x ' . ,' 1 :' j p" f I n i ifljwi ii n'ii f-'- ii i r"" r'lil-imiiiirn' I' ALLEN EVESrONEStalt Pnotographef With the crowd chanting as if it were Davis Cup, Marcelo Rios fought off Andre AgasT si's bid for a first-set tiebreaker, and cruised through the next two sets. thing at noon and people were taking the TVs " 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. I le 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- 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. I When Agassi hit a backhand long on Ri6s first match point, Rios whirled around ajid threw his racket about 10 rows up into the J stands. A few minutes later, he hugged his dad,' J then his girlfriend when they ran down onto: the court. fj "Winning like this and beating Agassi in the 1 final, the former No. 1, 1 can't ask for more," J 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 fan waited, Rios snuck into a black Mercedes. He didn't sign any autographs there, like he hadn'f . signed any while walking off the court with his J eighth career title. j : THE ASSOCIAIED PRESS vlarcelo Rios became the first South American to win the Lipton title and the first to be ranked No. 1 in the world Please see LIPTON 'IOC 't Fiw fall at TPC? TirlprQ Final scores Heat clinch Atlantic title Winner Justin Leonard. $720,000 . 67278 Stumble, Leonard surges HUTVS.CEL1 Others Tom Lehman, $352,000 . . .68280 Glen Day, $352,000 71 280 M. Calcavecchia, $192,000 69281 Len Mattiace, $ 1 46.000 . . 70282 Nick Price, $ 1 1 6,000 70283 PhH Micketson, $ 1 1 6.000 ..71 283 Ernie Els. $96,000 71284 Lee Janzen, $77,333 79285 John Daly, $66,000 69286 David Duval, $48,686 71 287 Nick FakJo. $48,686 73287 Tom Kite, $30,533 72288 Dudley Hart $30,533 73288 Jesper Pamevik, $30,533 . . 72288 Dudley Hart, $30,533 73288 Tiger Woods. $18,886 72290 Fred Couples. $12,560 ...78291 Daws Love III. $8,920 80294 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 Majerle 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?" Pirate see HEATAS'C Euphoria of a year ago missing in 109-77 clincher over Rockets. By Tom D'Angela Palm Beach 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 I leat fans watched the final seconds of a Knicks loss on the big-scrccT?s that assured the division title, Sunday the building was ard's winning score of 10-under 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. "I 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 lltase sre TPC6C' f 'y Craig Dolcti aim Beach Post Staff Writer 1 PONTE VEDRA BEACH Justin Leonard said he didn't Jiave a premonition Sunday y hen he wondered into the champions' locker room before the final round of The Players Championship. "I just needed to use a phone , nd it was the closest one available," he said. I Next time he enters that Joom, he'll have a locker with his yame over it. Leonard continued to stamp liimseif as one of the game's top Joung stars Sunday with a bril-ant five-under 67 to win The Slayers by two snots over Tom Ixhman and Glen Day. Leon TUESDAY'S GAME: 7:30 p.m.. ; at Mimai 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

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