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Report: Lopez Arizona-bound

Former Florida baseball coach Andy Lopez didn't have to wait long to find another job.

Lopez, who was fired as Florida's coach on June 4 after seven seasons, will be named Arizona's new coach today at a morning news conference, the Gainesville Sun reported.

The Sun reported Lopez flew to Tucson on Friday where he signed a five-year agreement to take over a program that struggled for five seasons under Jerry Stitt, who was 157-124. Stitt was fired two weeks ago.

Lopez guided the Gators to two College World Series appearances, and Florida went to three consecutive regionals for the first time in school history from 1996-98.

SOCCER: Tunisia became the third African nation to qualify for the 2002 World Cup, beating host Congo 3-0 in Kinshasa to join Cameroon and South Africa in the 32-nation field. Brazil got a goal in each half to defeat Peru 2-0 in Cali, Colombia, and resume the chase for its third consecutive title in the Copa America, South America's biennial championship.

OLYMPICS: Kim Un-yong, the South Korean hoping to become president of the IOC, denied reports that he has proposed giving members a minimum $50,000 a year in work expenses. Kim is one of the favorites to succeed Juan Antonio Samaranch in today's presidential election. Belgium's Jacques Rogge is considered to have a slight edge. Canada's Dick Pound is the other main contender.

HORSE RACING: Congaree made a successful return to racing, winning the Swaps Stakes in a leisurely pace to give trainer Bob Baffert back-to-back victories in the $500,000 race. Making his first start since finishing third in the Kentucky Derby and third in the Preakness, Congaree covered 1[ miles in 1:48 3-5 and beat Until Sundown by 4 lengths at Hollywood Park.

BASKETBALL: Ann Strother, a high school standout from Castle Rock, Colo., scored 13 points as the United States beat China 84-52 to improve to 2-0 at the Junior World Championship in Brno, Czech Republic.

ROWING: Germany won the World Cup for the fifth year in a row after a victory at home in the final regatta of the four-event series. Gold medals in the women's double scull, quadruple scull, men's and women's lightweight double scull and the women's eight gave the host nation the title. Germany finished with 172 points, with Britain second at 147 and Belarus third at 78.

RUNNING: A pregnant Sonia O'Sullivan, an Olympic silver medalist at 5,000 meters, won the five-mile Great North Run in Manchester, England. The 31-year-old runner won in a field of 2,000 in :28:08 minutes. O'Sullivan is expecting her second child in December. She will miss next month's world championships.

BOXING: Pongsaklek Singwangcha retained his WBC flyweight title by stopping Hayato Asai in Nagoya, Japan, in the fifth round after his third knockdown.

FISHING: Conrad Hawkins of Jacksonville landed a 1,046-pound blue marlin while competing in the Bay Point Invitational Billfish Tournament off Panama City, breaking the state record by almost 70 pounds. "I'm numb," Hawkins said. "I don't even realize the scope of all this."

TRIATHLON: The death of a 37-year-old competitor at Camp Pendleton, Calif., was ruled an accidental drowning by medical examiners. Jeffrey Helfer of San Francisco was found floating face down in the water Saturday during the first leg of the Camp Pendleton International.

GOLF: Tampa's Jason Conte teamed with Randy Pickering to win the Florida State Net Two-Man Team Championship at Mission Inn Resort in Howey in the Hills.

SWIMMING: Viola Valli won the first gold medal in the World Swimming Championships in Fukuoka, Japan, leading all the way in the women's 5-kilometer ocean race. Valli finished in 1 hour, 23 seconds in Hakata Bay.

_ TIMES WIRES

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