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Seles lifts U.S. back into Fed Cup World Group

Determined to make up for an embarrassing loss to Austria earlier in the year, the United States took the first two matches Saturday in the best-of-five series against Israel, then Monica Seles beat Anna Smashnova 6-4, 6-0 Sunday in Springfield, Mo., to put the United States back in the 16-nation World Group.

"It was just like a huge relief I think off all of our shoulders," Seles said. "We knew it was kind of a do-or-die situation here."

The Americans, who have won a record 17 Fed Cup championships, lost to Austria after team captain Billie Jean King dismissed Jennifer Capriati in a dispute over practice rules.

In the second singles match, Lindsay Davenport beat Tzipi Obziler 2-6, 6-1, 7-6 (7-1). Meghann Shaughnessy and Lisa Raymond, the world's No. 1-ranked doubles player, beat Obziler and Hila Rosen 6-3, 6-0 for the sweep.

In the quarterfinals, Italy, Austria, Spain and Slovakia won.

MORE TENNIS: Defending champion Carlos Moya beat qualifier David Ferrer 6-2, 6-3 in the Croatia Open championship at Umag. Mikhail Youzhny beat Guillermo Canas 6-3, 3-6, 3-6, 6-4, 6-4 in the Mercedes Cup final at Stuttgart, Germany. Yoon Jeong Cho beat Irina Selyutina 7-6 (7-5), 6-4 in the Long Island Classic final at Oyster Bay, N.Y. In doubles, ex-Florida star Jessica Lehnhoff and Jennifer Embry beat Nana Miyagi and Selyutina 4-6, 6-4, 6-3. Juan Ignacio Chela upset French Open champion Albert Costa 6-1, 7-6 (7-4) in the Energis Open final at Amersfoort, Netherlands, which was three sets because of rain.

BOXING: Puerto Rico's Felix Trinidad, 29, officially announced his retirement, three weeks after his father and lawyer said the former champion would no longer fight. Trinidad (41-1, 34 KOs) was unable to get a rematch with Bernard Hopkins, who stopped him in September at Las Vegas in a middleweight title unification fight. Once, Shane Mosley couldn't lose, winning 38 fights in a row, including a decision over Oscar De La Hoya. No one could beat him until Vernon Forrest took his WBC title six months ago and outpointed him again Saturday at Indianapolis. The judges scored it 117-111, 115-113 and 116-112, all for Forrest. Mosley, 30, said he would like a De La Hoya rematch or a third fight with Forrest (35-0). Forrest said he plans to fight two more times, then retire.

HORSES: Preakness Stakes runner-up Magic Weisner will race in next month's $1-million Haskell Invitational in New Jersey, setting up a rematch with War Emblem. Grammarian edged Continental Red by a head to win the $250,000 feature at Hollywood Park, generating the biggest win payoff in Sunset Handicap history. Grammarian, the long shot in the field of seven, drifted into the path of Adminniestrator, who finished fifth, but was cleared in a steward's inquiry to get the win. The 4-year-old paid $60, topping the 1952 mark of $50.60 by Great Circle. First To Flash won the $640,225 Rainbow Futurity at Ruidoso Downs, paying $5.80 to win. Summer Colony won the $600,000 Delaware Handicap for fillies and mares, returning $4 for the win.

_ Compiled from Times wires.