Gustafsson advances at Dutch Open
Amsterdam, Netherlands Magnus Gustafsson of Sweden beat sixth-seeded Nicolas Massu of Chile 6-3, 3-6, 6-1 Friday to advance to the semifinals and is the only seeded player left in the $400,000 Dutch Open. The fourth-seeded Gustafsson will meet Dutch wild card Edwin Kempes in today's semis.
Suarez, Garcia move to semis
Sopot, Poland Paola Suarez of Argentina beat fourth-seeded Patty Schnyder of Switzerland 6-4, 7-5 Friday to advance to the semifinals of the Polish Open. Fifth-seed Gala Leon Garcia of Spain was leading compatriot Conchita Martinez 5-2 in the first set when Martinez had to retire because of a wrist contusion.
Puerta, Rios advance in Croatia
Umag, Croatia Top-seeded Mariano Puerta of Argentina advanced to the semifinals of the Croatia Open on Friday, beating Martin Damm of the Czech Republic 6-3, 6-2. Puerta will face Bohdan Ulihrach of the Czech Republic, a 6-3, 4-6, 6-4 winner over sixth-seed Alberto Martin.
Seles upends Capriati
Mahwah, N.J. Monica Seles beat Jennifer Capriati 6-4, 6-4 on Friday night to advance to the semifinals of the A&P Tennis Classic exhibition tournament. Seles will face Sandra Cacic today.
Toledo in front of B.C. field
Endicott, N.Y. Esteban Toledo shot a 5-under-par 67 on Friday to stay in front of the field after two rounds in the B.C. Open. Toledo was at 13-under 131, three shots ahead of defending champion Brad Faxon and Canada's Glen Hnatiuk.
Jenkins shoots sizzling 65
Princeton, N.J. Tom Jenkins, grouped with Arnold Palmer and Jay Sigel, shot a course-record 7-under 65 on Friday at the TPC at Jasna Polana to take a two-stroke lead over Jerry McGee, Gil Morgan and Jim Ferree at the Instinet Seniors Classic. Palmer, who is 70, shot 71.
Mallon keeps lead at U.S. Open
Gurnee, Ill. Meg Mallon shot an even-par 72 Friday and held on to her one-stroke lead in the U.S. Women's Open. Of the 78 players who teed off in the morning, only four managed to shoot better than par. Dorothy Delasin, the 1999 U.S. Women's Amateur champion, had the best round of the day, firing a 4-under 68 that left her at even-par 144. Mallon's at 4-under 140.
Carrie Webb and Betsy King are a stroke back at 141. Webb shot a 72 while King, playing in her 25th Women's Open, had a 70. Christie Kerr is at 143, while defending champion Juli Inkster, Kathryn Marshall and Delasin are at 144.
Armstrong dominating Tour
Mulhouse, France Riding at a pace rarely seen in cycling, Lance Armstrong surged to a stage victory for the first time in this year's race as he neared a second straight triumph in the Tour de France. He averaged 33.5 mph on Friday during the 36-mile individual time trial from Freiburg, Germany, to this French border town.
It was the fastest pace at that distance in the 87-year history of cycling's most prestigious event. Armstrong holds an overall lead of 6 minutes, 2 seconds, and looks virtually unbeatable with just two days before the finish in Paris on Sunday. Jan Ullrich finished second in the stage, 25 seconds behind Armstrong.
Williams accepts suspension
Sacramento, Calif. Jason Williams, one of the NBA's flashiest and most popular players, was suspended Thursday for the first five games of next season for failing to comply with his drug treatment plan. The NBA, the Kings and Williams all declined to say what the point guard had done or what drug was involved, citing the confidentiality of the league's anti-drug program.
"I accept the NBA's decision. I must be responsible and accountable for my actions. The ball is in my court," Williams said. The league said Williams had not complied with his treatment obligations under the league's program.