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SPORTS Friday, Nov. 3, 2000 Battle Creek Enquirer 5B AUTO RACING ROUNDUP PRO GOLF NASCAR WINSTON CUP Els starts fast as PGA's elite meet in Atlanta Duval lurking one stroke back Saturday, eliminations, noon. Track: Texas Motorplex. Last event Force wrapped up his 10th NHRA Funny Car title, despite losing in the finals to Tony Pedregon, and Angelle Seeling won her first Pro Stock Motorcycle championship at the Mateo Tools SuperNationals in Baytown, Texas. CRAFTSMAN TRUCKS Last race Kurt Busch, who will make a full-time move to the Winston Cup series next season, beat Andy Houston by 0.775 seconds to win the Motorola 200 in Fontana, CaJif. Busch won for the fourth time this season. Greg Biffle had wrapped up the championship on Oct 13 at Texas . Motor Speedway. CART : Last race Christian Fittipaldi won the Marlboro 500, a race delayed by rain, and Gil de Ferran finished third to win the ;; closest points race in CART history. They were among only six drivers running at : the end after blown engines and other mechanical problems reduced the field of ' 23 cars. The race in Fontana, Calif., was halted Sunday and completed Monday. INDY RACING LEAGUE . - :' - : :- ... , . 1 I - '-"' t CHECKER AUTO PARTSDURA LUBE 500K Site Avondale, Ariz. Schedule Friday, first-round qualifying, 7:15 p.m.; Saturday, second-round qualifying, 2:15 p.m.; Sunday, race (TNN, 2 pm) Track: Phoenix International Raceway (oval, 1 mile, 11 degrees banking in turns 1-2, 9 degrees banking in turns 3-4). Race distance 312 miles, 312 laps. Last race Dale Jarrett after finishing second six times in his last nine starts at North Carolina Speedway, took the lead late in the Pop Secret 400 and pulled away from Jeff Gordon for his first victory in Rockingham. Jarrett had not won since the season-opening Daytona 500. BUSCH GRAND NATIONAL OUTBACK STEAKHOUSE 200 Site Avondale, Ariz. Schedule Thursday, first-round qualifying, 6 p.m.; Friday, second-round qualifying, 12:30 pm; Saturday, race (TNN, 3:30 p.m.) Track: Phoenix International Raceway (oval, 1 mile, 11 degrees banking in turns 1-2, 9 degrees banking in turns 3-4). Race distance 200 miles, 200 laps. Last race Kevin Harvick rallied from a lap down to win the Sam's Town 250 in Memphis, Tenn. Harvick beat Elton Sawyer by 0.47 seconds for his third victory this season. NHRA O'REILLY FALL NATIONALS Site Ennis, Texas. Schedule Friday, qualifying, 11 a.m; Last race Scott Goodyear won the fastest race in IRL history, and Buddy Lazier took the season championship by finishing fourth in the Excite 500 in Fort Worth, Texas. Lazier needed to finish 14th or better to win the title and $1 million but did much more. He led 38 consecutive laps near the end and was running with ... the front pack for all 208 trips around the ; U2-mile oval. 4r v 1 . Vr i :! - V ASSOCIATED PRESS Ernie Els watches his drive on 18 during first-round play at the Tour Championship at East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta on Thursday. Associated Press ATLANTA - On a course set up like a major championship, leave it to the Big Easy to make it look just that easy in the first round of the Tour Championship. Ernie Els, a two-time U.S. Open champion wanting to atone for his dismal performance in the Presidents Cup, cruised around East Lake Golf Club on Thursday for a 6- under 64 to take a one-stroke lead over David DuvaL "Hopefully, this is a stepping stone for better things to come," he said. Tiger Woods didn't have a memorable round, just another shot that left the gallery buzzing. With a tree behind him and 163 yards to the front of the fifth green, he whipped his body into a 9-iron that he aimed sideways with a snap hook. The ball stopped just short of the putting surface, and Woods then nearly holed the 75-foot putt. He settled for par, which was the story of his round 16 pars and two birdies for a 68, which left him four shots behind and not terribly worried. "This is set up a lot like a major," Woods said after his 40th consecutive round at par or better on the PGA Tour. "You have to grind your way around. I hit some squir-relly shots out there, so Fm glad to be 2 under. "I was about a yard off all day. If I can correct that, I should have a chance." Steve Flesch, who came within a 7- foot putt of getting into a playoff at Disney last week, joined Els and Woods as the only players to avoid bogey on an East Lake course with punishing rough and tabletop greens. Flesch and Davis Love III were at 66, while Phil Mickelson had a 67. Thirteen of the 29 players in the field broke par. Woods is trying to join Byron Nelson, Ben Hogan and Sam Snead as the only players to win at least 10 times on tour in a season. Els has been his favorite victim this year, a runner-up to Woods four times. But more than trying to beat Woods, the big South African known as the "Big Easy" simply wants to get beyond a disastrous performance two weeks ago in the Presidents Cup, when he became the first player to lose all five of his matches. Instead of heading for the practice range, Els went to the Bahamas with his wife and daughter and had an ideal week. He won $400 gambling for the week. He didn't touch a club for five days. There was no television, no newspapers. "Whatever you guys wrote about me, I guess you could have written whatever you wanted to because my play really (stunk)," he said. "I just wanted to get back here and get into playing golf again and try to enjoy myself." He must have wondered how this $5 million tournament would shape up after his first shot, a perfect 3-wood down the middle that hit a sprinkler and ricocheted 30 yards backward, leaving him a downhill lie. "I was a little worried about that bounce," he said. No need for that He hit a 7-iron into 35 feet, made the birdie putt and lumbered around the course where Bobby Jones grew up. Els played a game that looked strikingly similar to that of the guy who won the U.S. Open in 1994 and 1997. SENIOR TOUR CHAMPIONSHIP MURRELLS INLET, S.C. - Allen Doyle had two eagles en route to an 8-under 64 and a five-stroke lead after the first round of the Senior Tour Championship. Larry Nelson, trying to complete the Senior PGA Tour's first $3 million season, was at 69 along with Mike McCullough, John Jacobs, Stewart Ginn, Hubert Green and Jose Maria Canizares. SOUTHERN FARM BUREAU CLASSIC MADISON, Miss. - Steve Lowery and Frank Lickliter shot bogey-free 8-under 64s to share the first round lead in the Southern Farm Bureau Classic. Tom Pernice Jr. was a stroke back at 65, and Brandt Jobe, Brian Gay and Grant Waite, Michael Clark and Billy Andrade shot 66s. VOLVO MASTERS JEREZ, Spain, - Spain's Jose Maria Olazabal and Sweden's Pierre Fulke shot 5-under 67s to share the lead in the Volvo Masters. Northern Ireland's Darren Clarke, Scotland's Dean Robertson and England's Greg Owen opened with 68s, and Scotland's Colin Mont-gomerie topped a group at 69. England's Lee Westwood, the tour's money leader, shot a 76. INVESTMENT ADVICE RETIREMENT ROLLOVERS -Ml 7 - Y f iicuncsuay. Miiiaicui myiu 9 "Escorted Ladies Always Welcomed" y Jrm'tT., J.J.B Hilliard W.L. Lyons Inc. HI I IARH 55 Hamblin Avenue iixfC Battle Creek' MichiSan LlONS (616)660-9400 i a I Since 1854 1-800-276-4254 Member NYSE and SIPC Eric Petersen pens? laaai fjraa FINISH UP THE DAY A WINNER! f ffi't Bring Home The Fun Tonight! Vicms Ungf ne Hagwes ftDs tnhancernsit Praikicts Ttivs leather Games CDs Nnve ties and More ViViVHI.t-W.l'M.lllM.I.M WJ , - Match the races $Uu from four nm ho, VU C b from Battle HOlbpring Cr HotSpring! 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Associated Press STUTTGART, Germany - Andre ; Agassi completed the exodus of the top four seeded players from the Stuttgart Masters Series, losing Thursday to Andrei Pavel in the . third round. Agassi, the No. 4 seed, lost 6-3, 6- 4 after dropping his opening service games in each set The Romanian . had never beaten Agassi in their four previous matches. French Open champion Gustavo Kuerten and U.S. Open champion Marat Safin, battling for the No. 1 world ranking, also lost third-round matches. Greg Rusedski dented Safin's hopes of closing in on top-ranked Kuerten by upsetting the top seed 7-6 (2), 6-4 to reach the quarterfinals. Kuerten, who was seeded second, lost 7-6 (9), 6-3 to Sebastien Grosjean, who has one ATP title on grass to his credit Had he won, Kuerten would have extended his narrow, three-point lead over Safin in the Champions Race. 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