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Lendl, with line judge's help, rallies to beat Curren

Published Oct. 16, 2005

A controversial line call in a second-set tiebreaker Friday helpedtop-seeded Ivan Lendl turn back Kevin Curren at the SkyDome World tennis tournament in Toronto. Ahead 10-9 in the tiebreaker, Curren thought he had the match won when Lendl hit a forehand volley seemingly out of bounds. It was called in, but television replays verified that the ball was out. Lendl, who trailed 5-0 and saved seven match points in the tiebreaker, went on to win 6-7 (4-7), 7-6 (14-12), 6-3. "It was a tough way to lose," a diplomatic Curren said. Lendl will play John McEnroe in today's semifinals. McEnroe celebrated his 31st birthday with a 6-4, 6-0 win over Jay Berger. Sixth-seeded Tim

Mayotte defeated No. 4 Aaron Krickstein 4-6, 6-4, 7-6 (7-5) to reach the other semifinal against second-seeded Brad Gilbert or Petr Korda.

Becker reaches semifinals in Brussels tournament Top-seeded Boris Becker was leading Paolo Cane 6-4, 3-2 before the Italian retired with an injury, and Becker joined Carl-Uwe Steeb, Miloslav Mecir and Magnus Gustafsson in the semifinals of the Belgian Indoor championship in Brussels. Becker will play Gustafsson and Steeb will play Mecir. Second-seeded Zina Garrison moved closer to her second straight Virginia Slims of Chicago title, outlasting France's Nathalie Tauziat 6-3, 7-5, in the quarterfinals. Garrison will meet the fifth seed, Manuela Maleeva, in one of today's semifinals.

McCaskill signs, 5 players have arbitration hearings Kirk McCaskill and the California Angels agreed to a one-year contract for $967,500 on Friday. Five baseball players took their cases before arbitrators - Cubs shortstop Shawon Dunston, White Sox outfielder Ivan Calderon, Cardinals third baseman Terry Pendleton, Pirates outfielder Barry Bonds and Braves outfielder Lonnie Smith.

Rose scheduled to appear at Kids & Kubs contest Pete Rose is scheduled to be the guest of the Kids & Kubs at their Tuesday afternoon game at St. Petersburg's North Shore Park. Rose, who lives in Plant City, is expected to help the Kids & Kubs celebrate the 80th birthday of their third baseman, Jack Dreyer. All the members of the Kids & Kubs are 75 years old or older. Plans call for Rose to be at the ballpark about noon. Northshore Park is on Tampa Bay, just north of St. Petersburg's downtown area. . . Meanwhile, WCKY radio in Cincinnati has announced that Rose will do a daily baseball commentary for the station beginning March 19 and continuing through the World Series USF scores in ninth inning for 3-2 victory over Florida Alex Moreno dumped an RBI single into rightfield with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning Friday to give the University of South Florida a 3-2 victory over Florida at Red McEwen Field in Tampa.

Winston Wheeler (1-1) picked up the win by pitching two-thirds of an inning in relief. John Pricher (0-1) pitched 3 1/3 innings before giving up the winning run. The teams will play today at 2 p.m. at Al Lang Stadium in St. Petersburg and Sunday in Gainesville.

Also worth mentioning . . .

The University of Florida women's golf team is in second place, six strokes behind Oklahoma State, after the first round of the Lady Gator Invitational in Gainesville. FSU's Kathy Garrahan is second in the individual race after shooting a first-round 73, two strokes behind Marnie McGuire of Oklahoma State. Rick Steelsmith of Wichita, Kan., led Brian Voss of Boca Raton by 52 pins with one qualifying round left in the Professional Bowlers Association Budweiser Classic in Sunrise.

Steve Hoskins of Tarpon Springs was 11th. Alberto Tomba, skiing in only his second race in two months after breaking his collarbone, won the Italian giant slalom title in Foppolo. Former sports agent Lloyd Mitchell Bloom, convicted last year of illegally signing college

athletes to professional contracts, received three years probation in Van Nuys, Calif., after pleading no-contest to a charge of writing $14,300 in bad checks. Bloom was sentenced to three years in prison in the case involving college athletes, but is free pending an appeal.

The United States national soccer team beat the Pembroke Hamilton club 4-1 in Hamilton, Bermuda. Mark Davis of Mount Ida, Ark., took the lead Friday in the $600,000 BASS Megabucks V fishing tournament in Leesburg. The world's richest bass contest has a first prize of more than $100,000.

- Compiled by John Luttermoser