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More Sports THE DAILY GLOBE, Ironwood, Ml — Monday. Sept. 14. 1998 Page 10 Rafter wins another Open title By BOB GREENE AP Sports Writer NEW YORK (AP) — The name on the outside says Arthur Ashe .Stadium It really belongs to 'Patrick Rafter. Since the stadium opened a year ago, Rafter hasn't lost at the National Tennis Center, winning 1-1 consecutive matches and two US Open titles. The second came at the expense Sunday of fellow Australian Mark Philippoussis. "Now I feel year last wasn't such a fluke," Rafter said after his 6-3, 3-6, 6-2, 6-0 victory in 2 hours. 6 minutes. "Now I can look ; at people and think I have done it again." He did it with- almost perfect serve-and-volley tennis, making only five unforced errors and finishing with a flourish, capturing the final 10 games. While Rafter was winning the second Grand Slam singles title "of his career, it was the first time Philippoussis had reached the final of any of the game's four majors-. "This is just the start for everything," Philippoussis said, "just the start for me." Rafter, who had to rally from a two-set deficit in the first round, pocketed $700,000 and moved up to No 2 :n the world rankings — just behind Sampras, whom he defeated Saturday in the semifinals-. With Rafter and Philippoussis almost matching point for point through the first 2V-2 sets, Rafter began his winning run in the fifth game of the third set after blowing a 40-0 lead. When Philippoussis pulled to deuce. Rafter slammed his racket to the ground in disgust. On the next point, Philippoussis found an opening down the line, but instead slammed a forehand into the net. When Philippoussis netted a backhand service return on the next point, Rafter had held. The missed opportunity might have been on Philippoussis' mind in the next game when he dropped serve for only the second time in the match. It was a long game — 10 points — as games on this day went — but it included one of the best exchanges of the match. Out of position, Rafter hit a backhand lob, a shot that had worked for him the entire day. This time, Philippoussis backpedaled and hit a smash- Rafter, though, was able to get it back, and Philippoussis responded with a forehand cross- court. Again Rafter got there. With both at the net, they traded forehand volleys before Philip- poussis netted the ball. That gave Rafter the ad, arid he closed out the break when Philip- poussis failed to get a half-volley over the net. Philippoussis didn't win another game. "After the 2-all game, I think I just showed a bit of emotion there, 1 was a bit frustrated," Rafter said. "I just loosened up, and from there I just gained more and more confidence." One of the biggest servers in tennis, Philippoussis powered his way to the final. But the power was no match for the speed of Davenport ends American drought for women at Open NEW YORK (AP) — In the hours after. Lindsay Davenport won the US. Open championship, there were waves of celebrations with families and friends, a host of toasts at dinner, 23 phone messages to answer. Davenport interrupted the frenzy and took a half hour to sit alone in her room and consider the implications of her 6-3, 7-5 victory over Martina Hingis. "It was fun to sit and relax and think about what I had done," she said. "I accomplished a goal I most wanted t.o do." And with it she ended a 16-year wait, becoming the first American-born woman since 1982 to win the U.S. Open. Alter Chris Evert won her sixth Open, the title went on a world tour. Martina Navratilova, a naturalized American born Tft Chech- oslovakia, won four in five years, interrupted by ..another Czech, Hana Mandlikova", in 1985. Steffi Graf from Germany won five title-s. Monica Seles, another naturalized American who was born in Yugoslavia, took two, and Gabnela Sabatini of Argentina, Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario of Spain and Martina of Switzerland won one each. Davenport's victory over Hingis ended the draught. The significance of the triumph was not lost on the 22-year-old from Newport , Beach, Calif, and even after she and partner Natasha Zvereva lost the doubles championship to Hingis and Jana Novotna 6-3, 6-3 on Sunday, it hardly interfered with her joy. "It means a lot," she said. "I mean, a lot of people have said for a lot of years, 'Oh, American tennis, especially women's tennis, there's no hope, there's no future.'" Davenport thinks that's changed, not oniy because of her victory but because of the development of the Williams sisters, Venus and Serena. "Really, I think it's looking better than ever," Davenport continued. "It's a tremendous accomplishment for me to win here, and I think there's going to be many more American champions in the next years with the Wiiliamses and so many great players coming up." Davenport defeated Venus Williams in the Open semifinal, pushing into a Grand Slam final for the first time in her career. It was the last step on a progression that began a year ago when she lost to Hingis in the semis at the Open. That Davenport and the one that captured the championship a year later are vastly different players. She lost 25 pounds to increase her speed and was armed with a considerable supply of confidence following a summer i'n which she won 14 straight matches including three hard- court tournaments. She felt as ready as she could be, prepared finally to fulfill the potential tiist first surfaced whcr^ she wort* the U.S. Open junior title in 1992 and was punctuated by the Olympic championship in 1996. "I knew this was going to be my time if I could play well," she said. Spartans throttle Irish 45-23; Wolverines lose, Badgers win EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Bill Burke threw three first-half touchdown passes as previously winless Michigan State rocked No. 10 Notre Dame 45-23 Saturday night. Burke, whose job had been in question after losing the first two games, notched scores on passes of 16, 86 and 17 yards. He hit on ' 12 of 19 passes for 209 yards to spark the Spartans. Michigan State (1-2) supported his aerial show with a gritty ground game that kept the Irish 1,1-1) off balance. Tailback Sedrick Irvin ran for 119 yards on 24 carries. Notre Dame had problems developing any consistent offensive threat, falling behind 42-3 at halftime. It was the second year in n row Michigan State downed the Fighting Irish. Neither team looked anything like they did in their previous games. The Spartans blew a 16- point lead against Colorado State in their opener before being pounded by Oregon 48-14 last weekend. Notre Dame beat Michigan 36-20 in its opener. Syracuse 38, Michigan 28 ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Donovan McNabb, rambled, scrambled and passed No. 19 Syracuse to a 38-28 win over No. 13 Michigan, dropping the Wolverines to 0-2 for the second time since 1959. Michigan, playing before the largest crowd in college football history, became the first defending national champion to lose its first two games since Penn State started 0-3 in 19S3. McNabb, who passed for three touchdowns and ran for another, completed 21-of-27 passes for 2.33 yards and ran 18 times for 6,2 yards. The Orangemen (1-1) completely dominated Michigan, scoring the first three times they had the ball on their way to a 3K-7 lead before 111,012 fans in Michigan Stadium. Tom Brady tossed a 4-yard touchdown pass to Tai Streets in the second quarter. Michigan Michigan State quarterback Bill Burke led the Spartans to a 45-23 win over Notre Dame. added three scores in the final seven minutes against Syracuse's reserves. Wisconsin 45, Ohio 0 MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Ron Dayne returned to Wisconsin's lineup and rushed for three touchdowns as the 17th-ranked Badgers whipped Ohio 45-0. Dayne rushed 20 times for 111 yards. But with the blowout secure thanks to the bruising tailback and a dominating defense, Dayne returned to the sideline and Billy Marek's school rushing record was safe for another week. Dayne, a junior, needs 33 yards in his 26th game next week against UNLV to become the Badgers' career rushing leader, surpassing Marek, who had 3,709 rushing yards from 197375. Dayne, who sat out the opener with a sprained right ankle, scored on runs of 9, 5 and i yards before leaving with Wisconsin safely on top 31-0 with six minutes left in the third quarter. The Badgers (2-0), who held Rafter, who has won all three of their career matches. The second set was the first Rafter ever lost in their rivalry"You've got to hand it to Pat, five unforced errors for the match," Philippoussis said. "At the moment, he's playing like the best player in the world." Touted as one of America's finest young players after winning the U.S. Open junior championship in 1992, Davenport had never before reached a Grand Slam tournament singles final, although she did capture the gold medal at the Atlanta Olympics. Then came a dream summer that ended with the U.S. Open crown, the title she's always craved. "You'd hear, 'Oh, she'll never win.' " Davenport said. "How can you tell the future? I'll just try my best and one day it will happen." At the Open, it finally did. Patrick Rafter makes a return to Mark Philippoussis during U.S. Open championship action Sunday. Rafter won 6-3, 3-6, 6-2, 6-0. Red Sox, Angels battling for their AL playoff lives San Diego State to 58 yards rushing in the opener, stifled Ohio's triple option attack, limiting the Bobcats (0-2) to 65 yards on 38 attempts. Ohio St. 49, Toledo 0 COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Joe Germaine threw three scoring passes and Michael Wiley ran for a career-high 151 yards and two touchdowns as No. 1 Ohio State scored early and otlen to beat turnover-prone Toledo 49-0. In only its third game against an in-state school in 64 years, Ohio State (2-0) rattled off 21 first-quarter points on drives that took just 4V-2 minutes. It was 42-0 by halftime, with Ohio State piling up huge advantages in almost every statistical category. The Buckeyes had a 371-32 edge in yards and 16-1 in first downs. Iowa St. 27, Iowa 9 IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Joe Parmentier scored on two short runs and Darren Davis broke loose for 244 yards and a score as Iowa State beat Iowa 27-9 to win the intrastate battle for the first time in 16 years. Minnesota 14, Houston 7 HOUSTON (AP) — Billy Cockerham threw for two long first- quarter touchdowns to lead the Minnesota Golden Gophers to a 14-7 victory over the Houston Cougars. Both offenses mostly languished in a soggy defensive battle, but Cockerharn guided Minnesota (2-0) to all the points it needed with an early 42-yard scoring pass to Luke Leverson, followed by a 41-yarder to Ron Johnson. Penn St. 48, Bowling Green 3 STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — No. 9 Penn State routed Bowling Green 48-3 on Saturday and gave Joe Paterno his 300th victory. Cordell Mitchell ran 77 yards for a touchdown on Penn State's first play, Bruce; Branch followed 83 seconds later with a 73-yard punt return for a score and the Nittany Lions coasted, By TOM CASTRO Associated Press Writer Seemingly a playoff lock a couple of weeks ago, the Boston Red Sox are suddenly in a tight battle for a postseason spot. The Anaheim Angels have even less room for error. Boston dropped a 4-1 decision to Detroit on Sunday, the Red Sox'p eighth loss in 11 gahies. The'loss cut Boston's American League wild-card lead over Toronto to three games. "We go on the road now to New- York, Baltimore and Chicago. We'll come back and see where we are," Red Sox manager Jimy Williams said. "I don't like losing. We're not afraid to fail, but we don't like losing." The Red Sox led the Blue Jays by \2 l /2 games Aug. 26. Even Steve Avery couldn't save the Red Sox from another loss, this one cpming on Tony Clark's tiebreaking three-Kin homef'tit ' the eighth. Boston was 14-0" i'n' 1 ' games Avery pitched at least five innings. .The Angels also hoped this September would be different from their recent past, but the results seem to indicate otherwise. Anaheim lost 12-7 to Baltimore on Sunday, the Angels' sixth loss in 10 games this month. The Angels have a one-game toad over Texas in the AL West. "We're still in first place, we have to ke*?p on grinding," manager Terry Collins said. "We didn't do this for the last five months, and we're not going to start now." •• The Angels haven't had a winning September since 1991 and were 48-81 in the month from 1992-97. "We're still in first place, and NMU drops UMD, 24-14 MARQUETTE, Mich. (AP) — Melvin Williams rushed for 131 yards and two touchdowns as Northern Michigan beat Minnesota-Duluth 24-14 on Saturday. Williams scored on runs of 4 and 40 yards in the third quarter. Minnesota-Duluth (0-2) took a 6-3 lead in the first quarter alter Trevor Theelkc threw a 25-yard TD pass to Chad Bonine. Northern Michigan (2-0) then scored 21 unanswered points in the second and third quarters. Jnmon Minis scored on a 21-yard pass from Bryan White with 3:16 remaining of the first half, and Williams' scoring rushes gave Michigan a 24-6 lead at the end of the third quarter. Minnesota-Duluth's Erik Conner scored on a 3-yard run with 1:55 left to play. Theelke was 21-of-42 passing for 312 yard. MTU 24, Mcrcyhurst 21 ERIE, Pa. (AP) — Christian Millhiser scored twice on 1-yard runs, including the final go- ahead score, and Dennis Cahoot scored once on a 1-yard run Saturday to lead Michigan Tech to a 24-21 win over Mercyhurst. Todd Werner added a 28-yard field goal for the. Huskies (2-0 Midwest Intercollegiate, 2-0 overall). Michigan Tech had 20 first downs to 12 for the Lakers (1-1, 1-1). The Huskies' Alex Kowalski completed 7 of 17 [lasses for 101 yards while the Lakers' Malt Kissell completed 7-of-14 for 148 yards and i.wo touchdowns. that's good. Now we have to go down to Tampa and take care ol business," shortstop Gary DiS- arcina said. "We're happy Texas lost, but we still have to play better." In other AL games, it was Toronto 5, New York 3; Cleveland 6, Chicago 3; Tampa Bay 10, Texas 5 and Oakland 9, Minnesota 6 in 12 innings. The Seattle and Kansas City game was rained out and will not be made up since it was the final contest between the two and does not affect the playoff races. Detroit's Brian Mochler (13-13) got the win over Boston, ending TIGERS 4, RED SOX 1 DETROIT BOSTON •b r h bi «b r h bi BLHntrcf 3100 Cmngsdh 3110 Hggnsnlf 3000 Buforrlph 0000 Encrncrf 4220 TNixondh 1 000 ToCirkdh 3113 JnVntinSb 4000 Easley2b 4000 MYghnlb 4011 JWoodlb 2010 GrcprrM 4010 CUnotlnlb 2010 CTLrylf 4000 JUnda3b 201 1 Bragjrf 3020 "Sakbc 2000 DLewi»«f 2000. Berroaph 1000 Httbergc 3000 Siddallc 1000 Bnjmin2b 3000 DCruzss 4000 Total! 31 4 6 4 Total! 31 1 5 1 Detroit OOO 000 130 — 4 Boiton 001 OOO OOO— 1 DL«wi» reached firnt on catcher's interference. E— B.-iko (5), Garciaparra (24), Eck«r«ley (1). DP— Detroit 1, Boston 2. LOB— Detroit 5, Boston 4. 2B — MVaughn (29). HR— ToClark (32). SB— Eaaley (14). CS— BLHunUr (12), Rand;i (7). IP Detroit MoehlerW. 13-13 7 Runyp.n Brocail ToJonesS.25 Boflton Avery Corsi SwmdellL.5-6 Eckeraley Wusdin H HER BB SO 1-3 2-3 1 6 1-3 1 1-3 1-3 1 Avpry pitched to 2 batters in the 7th. Umpires—Home, Barnett; First, Hickox; Second. Ciilbreth; Third, KOK. T—2:44. A—31,255(33,871). his career-high six-game losing skid. He allowed one run and five hits in seven innings. Todd Jones struck out the side in the ninth for his 25th save. Greg Swindell (5-6) was the loser. Harold Baines went 4-for-4 for Baltimore, which blew a six-run lead to Anaheim before pulling out the win. The Orioles closed within ?'/.> games of Boston in the wild-card chase. .Jimmy Key (6-3) earned the win, while Jarrod Washburn (5-3) took the loss. Blue Jays 5, Yankees 3 Kelvim Escobar (6-2) allowed three runs and five hits in 5.2-3 innings, and Toronto's bullpen combined for scoreless relief the rest of the way. Toronto took throe of four from AL East champion New York at Yankee Stadium, and has won 14 of 16. Shannon Stewart and Jose Cruz, Jr. homered for Toronto, which chased David Cone (19-6) ">ith n three-run sixth. Saturday Tigers 3, Red Sox 2 Light-hitting Joe Randa's two- run homer in the ninth inning against Boston closer Tom Gordon gave Detroit a win Saturday. , Randa, who had just six homers in 410 at-bats, connected with two outs after Tony Clark's single. Gordon (7-4) failed in a rare npn-save appearance. He has succeeded in his last 37 save opportunities, the longest current streak in the majors. Matt Anderson (4-1) pitched -two hitless innings as Detroit won for just the fifth time in 18 road games. Starter Bryce Florie .allowed three hits in six innings, and Todd Jones got his 24th save despite giving up a two-out pinch homer to Midre Cummings in the ninth. Red Wings open camp TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — The Detroit Red Wings opened training camp Sunday, promising to avoid overconfidence in their quest for a third consecutive Stanley Cup. "I kind of laugh when I read reports of complacency creeping into teams that win. I don't see that at all in this team or in this organization," left wing Brendan Shanahan said. "Same as any year, we'll have highs and lows. But the one thing that will remain constant, is our work ethic and our desire to win." For the second year in a row, the Red Wings are holding their six-day training session at the Centre I.C.E. arena in this northwest Michigan community. The switch to this Lake Michigan resort town gives the team a break from the big city and opportunities for fun off the ice, from golf to hot-air balloon rides. "It's kind of like 1 a bonding experience, whore the guys get together, have a few laughs and feel comfortable with one another before the season even gets started," right wing Doug Brown said. It, also gives fans in northern Michigan a chance to see their heroes in person without a long trek to Detroit. On Sunday, hundreds were lined up when the arena's doors opened. The standing-room-only crowd of about 1,500 screeched as though attending a rock concert as' the players skated onto the ice. Randy and Lisa Herman of Grayling and their children grabbed front-row seats after rising at 5 a.m to K r ot in line, "We spent all night here in April to get tickets for this thing," Mrs. Herman said. "It's great for the kids; they just love it. You can get up close and personal with the players." CLOSE OUT on DOG and CAT BEDS , Sale 40% \ SWINGS from regular catalog price PJ JACQUART Fabric Products Industrial Park Ironwood 932-I3J9

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