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ROOKIE HELPS U.S. WIN FED CUP QUARTERFINAL

TENNIS

United States Fed Cup rookie Ashley Harkleroad, a Wesley Chapel resident, rallied from a 4-1 deficit in the second set to beat Germany's Sabine Lisicki 6-4, 7-5 to clinch the quarterfinal match Monday.

Harkleroad, 22, followed Lindsay Davenport's 6-1, 6-2 win over Julia Goerges in reverse singles, sending the United States into a World Group road semifinal in April against defending champion Russia, which likely will be led by Maria Sharapova.

The United States finished 4-1 against Germany after Davenport and Lisa Raymond won the doubles 6-2, 6-0.

TRACK AND FIELD

Champion sprinter Greene retires at 33

Former Olympic and world champion sprinter Maurice Greene announced his retirement at age 33, citing nagging injuries. Coaching and business interests will now be his focus. "It's a little sad for me but it's happy at the same time because I've had a great career. I've done a lot of great things," Greene said. The Kansas native was the dominant sprinter of the late 1990s and into the new century. He set a world record for the 100 meters in 1999 and won the same sprint at the Sydney Olympics in 2000. He also won world championship 100 titles in 1997, 1999 and 2001. At Seville, Spain, in 1999, he also won the 200 and 400-meter relay golds in a rare triple.

ET CETERA

AUTOS:A 60-year-old man has died after crashing a car at a NASCAR racing ride for amateurs at Daytona International Speedway. The Richard Petty Driving Experience says Robert Boswell of Apopka had completed his third lap at 125 mph when he slumped over and crashed into a concrete retaining wall Sunday. He died at a hospital. Police say the accident is under investigation.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: USF defensive line coach Dan McCarney will not leave to start a new program at South Alabama, withdrawing from consideration. ... Former SMU coach Phil Bennett, fired with four games left last season, was hired as Pitt's defensive coordinator.

FIGURE SKATING: Former world champion Kimmie Meissner, whose season-long struggles included a seventh-place finish at the recent national championships, announced she is leaving longtime coach Pam Gregory to train with Richard Callaghan through the world championships, March 17-23 in Sweden.

GOLF: The Champions Tour and Boeing Co. announced a four-year contract extension that will keep the Boeing Classic in the Seattle area through 2012.

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